Sloppy U.S. Falls to Japan in World Cup Tuneup


DÜSSELDORF, Germany — Even an optimist would struggle to pull more than a few positive signs from the United States men’s soccer team’s exhibition against Japan on Friday afternoon.

Matt Turner, one of the goalkeepers fighting for the No. 1 job, looked steady with his hands (though less so with his feet) while making athletic saves in both halves.

Nobody appeared to get hurt. The weather was pleasant.

Could that have been it?

In one of their final full-strength tuneups before stepping…



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