The USMNT started the 2017 schedule with a friendly against Serbia at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. The first 90 minutes for coach Bruce Arena's second stint in charge ended in a 0-0 draw.
The game was a personal milestone for USMNT forward Jozy Altidore, winning his 100th cap. Sebastian Lletget made his debut for the United States, subbing on at halftime. So did Chris Pontius and Jorge Villafana, subbing on midway through the second-half.
In his post game comments to ESPN, Arena called the result "fair" while praising the contributions of his players. Arena singled out the work done with the back line with players moved into new positions and expected to contribute quickly. "I'm concerned about our outside back positions," he said. "I think (Graham) Zusi did well today and I'm encouraged by Villafana. Our center backs did well. Nick Rimando did well. (Michael) Bradley had a real solid game in the #6 position. A lot of encouraging things. I would've liked to have gotten a goal, but for the most part I think that's a fair result today."
The USMNT also announced that San Jose's Avaya Stadium will host the March 24 World Cup qualifier against Honduras (10:30pm ET - FS1). "This game is very important, and we've chosen an outstanding venue in Avaya Stadium," Arena said. "We think it's a place where we will get fantastic support from the US fans in a game that's critical for our effort to qualify for Russia in 2018."
-- GAME REPORT --
Match: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Serbia
Date: Jan. 29, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Kickoff: 1pm PT
Weather: 74 degrees; sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 - 2 - F
USA: 0 - 0 - 0
SRB: 0 - 0 - 0
USMNT: 1-Nick Rimando; 19-Graham Zusi, 15-Steve Birnbaum, 5-Chad Marshall, 2-Greg Garza (14-Jorge Villafaña, 69); 4-Michael Bradley (Capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones (18-Sebastian Lletget, 46); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (23-Chris Pontius, 65), 16-Sacha Kljestan (10-Benny Feilhaber, 77), 6-Darlington Nagbe (9-Juan Agudelo, 87); 17-Jozy Altidore (8-Jordan Morris, 74)
Subs not used: 3-Brad Evans, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 12-Luis Robles, 20-Dax McCarty, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 22-David Bingham
Head coach: Bruce Arena
SRB: 1-Filip Manojlović; 3-Nemanja Miletić, 5-Nikola Maraš, 7-Srđan Plavšić (17-Lazar Jovanović, 81), 10-Aleksandar Paločević (9-Marko Mrkić, 64), 11-Marko Gobeljić (2-Marko Klisura, 84), 13-Nikola Ćirković, 14-Nemanja Ćalasan (4-Miloš Simonović, 55), 15-Stefan Panić, 16-Jovan Đokić (6-Marko Jevtović, 77), 18-Saša Jovanović (8-Enver Alivodić, 63)
Subs not used: 12-Ognjen Čančarević
Head coach: Slavoljub Muslin
Stats Summary: USA / SRB
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 1 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 18 / 14
Offside: 5 / 5
USA - Sacha Kljestan (caution) 57th minute
SRB - Nikola Ćirković (caution) 80
Referee: Kevin Morrison (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Washington (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Lloyd Edwards (JAM)
4th Official: Dwight Royal (JAM)