KENYA BROWN - Monday, January 30, 2017
The United States had several chances to get on the scoreboard, but their game with Serbia would end scoreless at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
The friendly marked the first time for the two countries to play against each other and US head coach Bruce Arena's first since being reappointed to the post after the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann last year.
While there was no scoring in the game, the highlight for the US would be Darlington Nagbe. The Portland Timbers midfielder, who made his return to the team following an unexplained absence for a few months after featuring for Klinsmann, proved to be dangerous in the attack and had to excellent opportunities to open the scoring in the first half.
The first chance came in the 29th minute of the game when US captain Michael Bradley's pass found him on the left side of the area. Nagbe would cut back inside and unleash a curling effort at goal, but it would just go wide of the post.
His second chance came nine minutes later during a US counter-attack. Jozy Altidore would hold up the ball for Jermaine Jones, who then passed it on to Nagbe who took another crack at goal. However, his effort would again go wide of the post.
Altidore came close to scoring in the second half when Sacha Kljestan set him up in the area, but his shot was denied by Serbian goalkeeper Filip Manojlović. Kljestan had his own chance at opening the scoring, but his headed effort went wide of the goal.
Chris Pontius, Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo entered later in the game and had opportunities at goal, but they came to nothing.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando was called into duty in the 89th minute to preserve the scoreless game when he made a big save from a close-range effort from Serbia's Lazar Jovanovic.
The US will now head to Chattanooga, Tennessee to face Jamaica on Friday, which will wrap up the January camp for the team.
Forward Jozy Altidore earned his 100th cap for the US in the game, becoming the 17th player to achieve the milestone.
Sebastian Lletget, Chris Pontius and Jorge Villafaña earned their first caps for the US.