How to Watch USMNT vs. Japan International Soccer Friendly: Time, TV Channel, Free Live Stream

The United States men’s national soccer team travels to Germany to face Japan in an international soccer friendly match at MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA on Friday, September 23 (23/09/2022).

The game will air at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and TUDN, and can be streamed live on DirecTV streams, ESPN+, fuboTV and other live television services.

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar less than two months away, the American men have just two friendlies left to get fit for the tournament and their first World Cup match with Wales.

The United States last played two CONCACAF Nations League matches in June, where they beat Grenada 5-0 and drew 1-1 with El Salvador. The United States is ranked 14th in the latest FIFA World Rankings and Japan is No. 24.

Here’s how to watch.

What: International football friendly

Who: USMNT vs. Japan

When: Friday September 23

Where: MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA, Germany

Time: 8 a.m. ET

TV: ESPN2, TUDN

Channel finder: Verizon Fios, XFinity, Spectrum, Optimum/Altice, coxswain, Direc TV, Plate

Direct: DirecTV streams, fuboTV, ESPN+, Sling, Vidgo, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube Television

Cable subscribers can connect to ESPN.com or associated apps with their cable credentials to enjoy a FREE live stream of the game.

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Story by The Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA came under pressure on Wednesday from several European soccer federations to have their captains wear rainbow heart armbands during World Cup matches in Qatar to campaign against discrimination .

France and Germany, the last two World Cup champions, were among eight of 13 European football teams traveling to Qatar to join the ‘OneLove’ campaign, which started in the Netherlands. The Dutch team will face Qatar in Group A on November 29.

FIFA rules prohibit teams from bringing their own designs of armbands to the World Cup and insist that they must use equipment provided by the governing body.

Bracers are the last battleground for players to convey political messages linked to the World Cup being held in Qatar, where homosexual acts are illegal and the treatment of migrant workers building projects for the tournament has been a decade-long controversy.

“Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message when the world is watching,” England captain Harry Kane said in a statement.

The Swiss football federation said it wanted captain Granit Xhaka to wear an armband on which “you can see a heart in various colors that represent the diversity of humanity”.

Football players have embraced their platform for making statements in recent years. Taking a knee on the pitch was routine before Premier League games for two seasons after the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a police officer in the United States.

FIFA supported taking a knee and must now decide whether to back some of its most influential member federations in a move that could embarrass Qatar.

“A request to FIFA has also been submitted requesting that permission be granted for the armbands to be worn throughout the FIFA World Cup,” the official said. The Welsh Football Federation said in a report.

FIFA did not immediately comment on the request.

European football body UEFA said it “fully supports the OneLove campaign, which was originally developed by the (Dutch federation)”.

The armbands will also be worn in UEFA-hosted Nations League matches this week, including by both captains when Belgium host Wales on Thursday.

UEFA previously allowed German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to wear a rainbow captain’s armband in European Championship matches last year, including against the tournament’s co-hosts. Hungary where lawmakers passed anti-gay legislation during the tournament.

The armband campaign was launched a day after the Emir of Qatar addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York promising a World Cup without discrimination.

“The Qatari people will receive football fans from all walks of life with open arms,” ​​Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said in an address to other world leaders.

The eight European teams supporting the ‘OneLove’ human rights campaign also included Belgium and Denmark. The five European World Cup qualifiers not taking part on Wednesday were Croatia, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Spain.

However, Polish captain Robert Lewandowski – twice FIFA World Player of the Year – said this week that he would take an armband in the blue and yellow colors of the flag of Ukraine in Qatar.

Poland declined to face 2018 World Cup hosts Russia in a playoff game in March. Before the match, FIFA and UEFA, the European football body, banned Russian teams from participating in international competitions because the country had invaded Ukraine.

The armband campaign emerged as a panel of UEFA member federations monitored progress in Qatar on labor and other human rights reforms ahead of the tournament.

This panel includes the Norwegian Football Federation, whose president Lise Klaveness spoke a scathing critique of the Qatari project at an annual FIFA meeting in March in Doha on the eve of the tournament draw.

England and Wales were among federations acknowledging on Wednesday the progress made in Qatar since the wealthy emirate won the vote to host the World Cup in December 2010.

However, the FA said the players will meet migrant workers who will be invited to their training camp in Al Wakrah.

England also added to support already expressed in Germany this week for FIFA and World Cup organizers to compensate the families of construction workers who died or were injured after coming to Qatar to help build stadiums, metro lines and hotels.

Amnesty International has suggested that FIFA should pay $440 million in reparations to match the prize money paid to Qatar’s 32 teams.

At a German federation event on Monday, a guest gay fan used the platform to urge the Qatari ambassador for his country to abolish laws against homosexuality. The ambassador, Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, complained that human rights issues were distracting from the tournament.

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