Newstrail.com

Soccer: Japan stopper Schmidt staring down friend and foe in Qatar

Published by
Kyodo News

Japanese goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt faces formidable challenges at the soccer World Cup in Qatar, both from world-class opponents and teammates who want his place on the pitch. Within his own squad there is a battle for the No. 1 status, with the U.S.-born 30-year-old vying for the starting spot with J-League-based teammate Shuichi Gonda and former long-time incumbent Eiji Kawashima. Schmidt is a possible starter in Japan’s first match against Germany due to his imposing physical tools and current form but until the lineup is announced Monday, only manager Hajime Moriyasu knows. A clean sheet i…

Read More