That's it! The match ends 0-0!
90' Pontius rolls one wide.
89' Big stop by Rimando!!!
80' A yellow card has been issued to Cirkovic.
78' Graham Zusi's from attempt outside of the area is blocked.
77' Nick Rimando denies Serbia at the door step.
67' Marko Mrkic rifles a shot wide of Rimando's goal.
64' Pontius makes his debut for Bedoya; Serbia win a corner, inital ball is cleared.
64' Altidore looked to be clean through the defense, but the AR flagged him for offside.
59' Lletget's cross is met by Kljestan who's header misses just wide of the frame of the goal.
55' Serbia sub: Calasan out for Simonovic
53' Hard foul on Nagbe.
47' USA win a corner early after Lletget did well to hold the ball in midfield.
First sub: Sebastian Lletget for Jermain Jones
Second half about to get underway, expect a slew of changes soon.
At the half, the USA and Serbia are leveled up at zero.
45' Corner to Serbia late in the half... Palocevic's delivery is headed over the crossbar by the USA, will get a second opportunity to end the first 45 mins.
43' Srdan Plavsic makes a darting run down the left, but is flagged for offside.
39' CLOSE AGAIN!! Down on the other side of the pitch, Nagbe narrowly misses the right post, going inches wide.
38' Dokic's free kick delivery lands out of bounds for a goal kick. Pretty much sums up the first half for both sides today.
29' Again, Nagbe is involved in the action, barely misses the top right corner of the net. Would have been an absolutely sensational goal.
26' Nagbe gets muscled off the ball before he could send a pass inside the box.
25' SO CLOSE!!! USA build up a nice attack, getting multiple people involved, but Jones' cross towards Nagbe is stopped by Serbia.
22' Serbia free kick on the edge of the box; Palocevic's delivery is poor and is eventually sent to the middle of the field.
21' Serbia win a corner after Jones heads a cross out of play.
19' Jones comes close to testing Manojlovic after Altidore headed a pass back towards the new LA Galaxy midfielder's direction.
17' Miletic's low cross is easily cleared away.
16' A header from Palocevic misses well wide of the target; Serbia growing into this match, though, looking to attack with a little more intent.
12' Shouts for penalty for Serbia as Jovanovic goes down in the area, but ref ignores it.
10' The Serbian defense clears away a dangerous cross at the post.
7' Another rough challenge on Altidore.
5' Free kick in a dangerous position coming up for the USA after Jozy Alitdore is brought down.
3' Alejandro Bedoya is whistled for a foul deep in the final third.
2' Michael Bradley helping out in the center of the defense when in possession to allow the wingbacks to push further up the pitch.
1' Good defense from Garza right away to stop the ball from getting in behind the defense early.
1' We are underway in San Diego! Serbia will start with the ball first.
Teams are walking out of the tunnel, kick off after the national anthems.
Now the starting lineup for Serbia: Manojlovic; Miletic, Maras, Calasan; Plavsic, Cirkovic, Palocevic, Panic, Dokic; Jovanovic
Here is the USMNT starting lineup: Rimando; Garza, Marshall, Birnbaum, Zusi; Bradley, Jones; Nagbe, Kljestan, Bedoya; Altidore
Currently, the Serbian league is in the middle of a long winter break. And because of that, their national team roster is made up of players from their own league. But the Serbian national team is on the rise, especially after their youngsters have been racking up major international trophies, including the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where they beat Brazil in extra time.
There are a couple of other names to keep an eye on as well in the first of two friendlies this week. Sebastian Lletget had a sensational 2016 campaign with the Galaxy and made the roster following a strong showing at the January campy. Juan Agudelo is back in the USMNT mix after some time away; he will have to show that he has what it takes to make it at the international level. Finally, Graham Zusi. He has been moved to the outside back position in the national team setup. How is he going to react to the change? Will his defensive qualities be good enough to merit a spot in matches that actually matter?
One name to watch on Sunday is the veteran Toronto FC striker, Jozy Altidore. Altidore, who is still only 27, will reportedly be making his 100th appearance in the red, white and blue jersey. He was in fine form towards the end of the Major League Soccer season and was one of the reasons why Toronto reached the MLS Cup Final. If it weren’t for Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei’s epic save, the Canadian club could have lifted the trophy for the first time. The one thing about Altidore, and this has been a knock on him, is that he needs to be consistent throughout the entire MLS season. But this could be the year he kicks that criticism to the curb.
There will be plenty of questions before kickoff. What’s the starting XI going to look like? What formation is Arena going to use? Are they going to be more stable on the defensive side of the ball? How good are they going to look in the final third of the pitch? That’s a lot of questions that need to be answered and they might not all be solved in this first friendly. But that is okay, because there will be a lot of work ahead if the US want to reach the forthcoming World Cup.
All eyes will be on Bruce Arena, as he is back with the USMNT for the second time in his career as a manager; the first stint occurred between 1998-2006. There’s one goal in mind this time around: qualify for the 2018 World Cup. And Sunday will be the start of that as the senior side takes to the field the first time under the former LA Galaxy manager.
Hello, and welcome to VAVEL USA’s live coverage of international soccer. Today, the US Men’s National Team take to the field for the first time in 2017 with Bruce Arena at the helm. They will take on Serbia in San Diego, California at Qualcomm Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM EST and will be shown on ESPN 2 ored at watchESPN.