U.S. Soccer

MNT Kicks Off 2017 with 0-0 Draw Against Serbia

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 29, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened Bruce Arena’s second tenure as head coach with a spirited 0-0 draw against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Forward Jozy Altidore earned his 100th cap in the match, becoming the second youngest player in U.S. MNT history to hit the century mark at 27 years, 84 days.

Earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors in his first international start, Darlington Nagbe provided the best two chances of the first half for the U.S. In the 29th minute, Michael Bradley’s penetrating pass found him on the left edge of the box where he cut back inside and curled his effort just wide of the right post. Nine minutes later, a quick counter attack saw Jozy Altidore hold up the ball for Jermaine Jones, who cleverly flicked into Nagbe’s path. The midfielder entered the box and again cut back, bending his low shot just past the right post.

Altidore nearly celebrated his 100th cap with a goal early in the second half when Sacha Kljestan slipped the veteran forward into the penalty area on the right only to have Serbia goalkeeper Filip Manojlović quickly advance off his line to deny the effort in the 47th minute. The U.S. knocked on the door again in the 58th minute when Nagbe slid a ball to halftime substitute Sebastian Lletget on the left. The MNT debutant took some space before his cross to the far post found Sacha Kljestan whose glancing header popped just wide of goal.

A pair of handy second half saves from Nick Rimando helped preserve the clean sheet, as the veteran goalkeeper turned away a 71st minute effort from Miloš Simonović and 89th minute rocket from Lazar Jovanović.

The U.S. had one last chance in the 90th minute when Juan Agudelo’s individual effort led to the ball falling for Chris Pontius, but the midfielder’s quick shot trickled inches wide of the left post.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT heads east to take on regional rival Jamaica in its first-ever match in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday, Feb. 3. Kickoff from Finley Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET and can be seen live on FS1, UniMas and UDN.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
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Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Chad Marshall, 24th minute:
After a quick combination out right, Serbia midfielder Aleksandar Paločević slipped into the box and moved past Michael Bradley before Marshall stepped through just outside the six-yard box to clear the danger.

SRB - Filip Manojlovic, 47th minute: Moments after entering the match, Sebastian Lletget did well to win the ball at midfield before springing Alejandro Bedoya down the right. Bedoya cut a pass inside for Sacha Kljestan who slipped Jozy Altidore into the box on the right, before Manojlović came off his line to deny the effort and push out for a corner kick

USA – Nick Rimando, 71st minute: Enver Alivodić’s swung a free kick into the box from the before the ball fell  at the feet of Miloš Simonović whose quick shot was well held by Rimando.

USA – Nick Rimando, 89th minute: In the dying moments of the, Serbia forward Lazar Jovanović broke free into the area up the left before powering a shot that Rimando strongly extended to preserve his clean sheet.  

NOTES:

  • With the draw, the U.S. moves to 0-2-1 all-time against Serbia.
  • With the start, Jozy Altidore became the 17th player in MNT history to earn 100 caps. At 27 years, 84 days, Altidore is the second youngest player to reach the century mark, trailing only Landon Donovan (26 years, 96 days)
  • MNT captain Michael Bradley made his 127th international appearance, tying him with Marcelo Balboa for fifth on the MNT’s all-time caps list.
  • Sebastian Lletget, Chris Pontius and Jorge Villafaña made their international debuts. Lletget entered for Jermaine Jones at halftime, Pontius came on for Philadelphia Union teammate Alejandro Bedoya in the 65th minute and Villafaña replaced Greg Garza in the 69th minute.
  • Nick Rimando returned between the sticks for the first time since April 15, 2015 vs. Mexico and made two saves to keep his fifth career clean sheet.
  • Center back Chad Marshall made his first MNT appearance since Jan. 23, 2010 vs. Honduras.
  • After undergoing hip surgery and a near year-long rehabilitation period, left back Greg Garza earned his first cap since July 10, 2015 against Haiti.
  • Arena deployed a four-man backline that featured a center back partnership of Chad Marshall and Steve Birnbaum with Graham Zusi inserted on the right and Greg Garza on the left.
  • In midfield, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones paired as central holding midfielders, while Alejandro Bedoya and Darlington Nagbe started on the right and left wings respectively.
  • Sacha Kljestan played in the attacking midfield role, supporting lone forward Jozy Altidore.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Serbia
Date: Jan. 29, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Kickoff: 1 p.m. PT
Attendance: 20,079
Weather: 74 degrees; sunny

Scoring Summary:             1               2               F
USA                                             0               0               0
SRB                                              0               0               0

Lineups:
USA: 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: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 18 / 14
Offside: 5 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sacha Kljestan (caution)     57th minute
SRB - Nikola Ćirković (caution)     80

Officials:
Referee: Kevin Morrison (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Washington (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Lloyd Edwards (JAM)
4th Official: Dwight Royal (JAM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Darlington Nagbe

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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Serbia
Date: Jan. 29, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Kickoff: 1 p.m. PT
Attendance: 20,079
Weather: 74 degrees; sunny

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             0          0          0
SRB                             0          0          0

Lineups:
USA: 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: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 18 / 14
Offside: 5 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sacha Kljestan (caution)                 57th minute
SRB - Nikola Ćirković (caution)                    80

Officials:
Referee: Kevin Morrison (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Washington (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Lloyd Edwards (JAM)
4th Official: Dwight Royal (JAM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Darlington Nagbe

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GALLERY: The U.S. MNT's 100 Cap Club

With his appearance in the U.S. Men's National Team's 0-0 draw with Serbia on Jan. 29, 2017, forward Jozy Altidore became the 17th player in MNT history to earn 100 caps and in turn, tied the USA with Saudi Arabia for the most players to hit the century mark all-time. 

Get to know the members of the U.S. MNT's "100 Cap Club" below: 

Marcelo Balboa

First Cap: Jan. 10, 1988 (1-0 L at Guatemala) – Friendly
100th Cap:  July 8, 1995 (2-1 W vs. Chile) – Copa America ‘95 

The first U.S. player to hit 100 caps, Balboa is commonly known to have hit the century mark in the MNT’s 3-2 Nike U.S. Cup win against Nigeria on June 11, 1995. However, after revisions were made to cap totals that included Olympic matches, Balboa lost three appearances, meaning his 100th cap actually came a month later when the MNT defeated Chile 2-1 to open Copa America ’95.

Even with the revision, the three-time World Cup veteran, who ended his international career with 127 appearances, was still the first to the century mark.

Paul Caligiuri 

First Cap: Oct. 9, 1984 (3-1 W vs. El Salvador) - Friendly
100th Cap: Aug. 16, 1995 (0-1 L at Sweden) – Friendly 

Similar to Balboa, Caligiuri’s 100th appearance actually came a little later than first advertised. Most famous for his “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1989 against Trinidad & Tobago, Caligiuri was said to have hit 100 caps in the MNT’s historic 3-0 win against Argentina in the Copa America on July 14, 1995. However, Caligiuri’s four caps in the lead up to and during the 1988 Summer Olympics have since been vacated as senior international appearances, meaning his actual 100th cap came in a 1-0 friendly defeat at Sweden on Aug. 16, 1995. 

Cobi Jones

First Cap: Sept. 3, 1992 (2-0 W at Canada) - Friendly
100th Cap: Feb. 10, 1998 (1-0 W vs. Brazil – 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Celebrating the century mark is fun in itself, but what about when it comes in one of the biggest wins in MNT history? That was the case for Cobi Jones, who became the third MNT player to hit 100 caps during the USA’s famous 1-0 victory against defending world champions Brazil in the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals. At 27 years, 239 days, Jones also held the record for youngest U.S. player to 100 until Landon Donovan broke it 10 years later. Jones still stands as the MNT’s all-time cap leader with 164 total appearances between 1992-2004.

Eric Wynalda

First Cap: Feb. 2, 1990 (0-2 L vs. Costa Rica) – Friendly
100th Cap: June 15, 1998 (0-2 L vs. Germany) – 1998 FIFA World Cup

Hailing from the same hometown as Jones, Eric Wynalda’s 100th cap wasn’t quite as memorable as his Westlake Village, Calif., teammate. The USA’s all-time leading goal scorer at the time, he celebrated his 100th during the opening match of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, a 2-0 defeat to Germany. Wynalda still sits firmly in fourth place on the MNT’s all-time scoring list with 34 goals.

Jeff Agoos

First Cap: Jan. 10, 1988 (0-1 L at Guatemala) - Friendly
100th Cap:
June 3, 2000 (4-0 W vs. South Africa) - Friendly

Jeff Agoos was fortunate enough to celebrate his 100th U.S. match in very familiar confines. A mainstay on the backline for D.C. United at the time, Agoos turned in an impressive performance in the MNT’s 4-0 victory against South Africa at RFK Stadium to open the 2000 Nike U.S. Cup. Beyond his cap number, the match against Bafana Bafana held other significant meaning for Agoos, who spent some of his formative years living in South Africa.

Joe-Max Moore

First Cap: Sept. 3, 1992 (2-0 W vs. Canada) - Friendly
100th Cap:
June 14, 2002 (1-3 L vs. Poland) – 2002 FIFA World Cup

Long an unsung hero on the U.S. Men’s National Team, it was Joe-Max Moore’s brace against Jamaica on Oct. 7, 2001, that ensured the USA a place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. At the tournament, Moore came off the bench in the MNT’s 3-2 win against Portugal to put his cap total at 99, and gained his 100th when he entered the group finale against Poland as a substitute for Brian McBride. An injury limited him from playing any further part in the tournament, making that appearance his last for the USA.

Claudio Reyna

First Cap: Jan. 15, 1994 (2-1 W vs. Norway) - Friendly
100th Cap:
June 2, 2004 (4-0 W vs. Honduras) – Friendly

The original “Captain America”, Claudio Reyna is one of the most accomplished American players of all time. One of only three U.S. players to go to four different World Cups, Reyna also carved out a successful club career in Europe, playing for the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Rangers, Sunderland and Manchester City. The MNT midfielder became the seventh U.S. player in the 100th Cap Club when he played the full 90 minutes in a 4-0 friendly victory against Honduras on June 2, 2004 in Foxborough, Mass. 


Earnie Stewart

First Cap: Dec. 19, 1990 (1-0 L at Portugal) – Friendly
100th Cap:
June 20, 2004 (3-2 W at Grenada) – 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

Nearly 14 years after first representing the United States, Earnie Stewart earned his 100th MNT cap on the tiny island of Grenada. Entering as a 63rd minute substitute for Josh Wolff, Stewart assisted on DaMarcus Beasley’s eventual 77th minute game-winner in the 3-2 victory as the U.S. advanced to the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. 


Tony Meola

First Cap: June 7, 1988 (1-0 L vs. Ecuador) - Friendly
100th Cap:
April 11, 2006 (1-1 D vs. Jamaica) – Friendly

Out of the 16 players currently in the 100 Cap Club, it took iconic U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola the longest to reach the century mark. Sitting on 99 since appearing in a friendly in the build-up to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Meola collected his 100th in the USA’s final friendly before the naming of the final roster for the 2006 tournament. Meola had one last run-out in the 1-1 draw against Jamaica and was named as an alternate for the 2006 squad.

Kasey Keller

First Cap: Feb. 4, 1990 (1-1 D vs. Colombia) – Friendly
100th Cap:
June 21, 2007 (2-1 W vs. Canada) – 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal

While a number of his peers called an end to their international careers following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Kasey Keller carried on into the following year, playing a couple friendlies before splitting time in goal with Tim Howard during the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Keller earned his 100th in the USA’s 2-1 Semifinal win against Canada, which also stood as his 53rd and final international victory.

Landon Donovan 

First Cap: Oct. 25, 2000 (2-0 W vs. Mexico) - Friendly
100th Cap: June 8, 2008 (0-0 D vs. Argentina) – Friendly 

Unsurprisingly, it took Landon Donovan the least amount of time to earn 100 caps (less than eight years) and when he took the field on June 8, 2008 vs. Argentina, he broke Cobi Jones record for youngest to achieve the feat at 26 years and 96 days. Ending his international career in 2014, Donovan retired as the MNT’s all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (58) and sits second all-time behind Jones in all-time caps with 157. 

Carlos Bocanegra

First Cap: Dec. 9, 2001 (0-1 L at Korea Republic) - Friendly
100th Cap: Nov. 15, 2011 (3-2 W at Slovenia) – Friendly

Another long-time U.S. MNT captain, Carlos Bocanegra earned his 100th U.S. MNT cap during a memorable (and smoky) 3-2 friendly win at Slovenia. In a classy pre-game gesture, Slovenia captain Bostjan Cesar actually gave Bocanegra a Slovenia jersey to mark the occasion (see above). 


DaMarcus Beasley

First Cap: Jan. 27, 2001 (2-1 W vs. China PR) – Friendly
100th Cap:
May 29, 2013 (2-4 L vs. Belgium) – Friendly

A member of the 2017 U.S. MNT January Camp roster, DaMarcus Beasley keeps on going well after his 100th cap, which came during a 4-2 friendly defeat against Belgium on May 29, 2013. The only U.S. player to appear in four different FIFA World Cups, Beasley extended his international career with a full-time switch to left back in 2013, with his 124 total appearances placing him seventh all-time. Check out some of Beasley's best moments in a U.S. shirt

Clint Dempsey

First Cap: Nov. 17, 2004 (1-1 D vs. Jamaica) – 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
100th Cap:
Sept. 6, 2013 (1-3 L at Costa Rica) – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

One of the most successful U.S. players of all time, Clint Dempsey is the only American male to score in three different FIFA World Cups and sits second all-time on the MNT scoring list with 52 career goals. He scored one of those in his 100th cap, tallying a 43rd minute penalty kick in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat at Costa Rica on Sept. 6, 2013. While not the most memorable 100th appearance, Dempsey celebrated four days later when the U.S. defeated Mexico 2-0 to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  


Tim Howard

First Cap: March 10, 2002 (1-0 W vs. Ecuador) - Friendly
100th Cap:
June 7, 2014 (2-1 W vs. Nigeria) – Friendly

Tim Howard had quite a send-off ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making his 100th appearance while making four saves in the USA’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. The result also marked Howard’s 54th international win, breaking Kasey Keller’s record for victories among USA goalkeepers. Check out what Howard's MNT teammates had to say about the veteran goalkeeper hitting the century mark before they took off to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Michael Bradley

First Cap: May 26, 2006 (2-0 W vs. Venezuela) – Friendly
100th Cap: July 7, 2015 (2-1 W vs. Honduras) – 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup 

Named the new U.S. MNT captain just days before, Michael Bradley delivered in his 100th appearance, providing what would stand as the game-winning assist on Clint Dempsey’s 64th minute strike in a 2-1 win against Honduras to begin the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. At 27 years, 341 days Bradley is the fifth youngest MNT player to 100 appearances and gave a good rundown of his five favorite U.S. MNT memories when his century day came. 

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati presents Jozy Altidore with a "100" jersey to mark his 100th U.S. Men's National Team appearance on Jan. 31, 2017 vs. Serbia.

Jozy Altidore

First Cap: Nov. 17, 2007 (1-0 W at South Africa) - Friendly 
100th Cap: Jan. 29, 2017 (0-0 D vs. Serbia) - Friendly 

The U.S. Men's National Team's all-time leader in World Cup Qualifying goals, at 27 years, 84 days Jozy Altidore became the second youngest player in MNT history to achieve 100 appearances when he started in the USA's 0-0 draw against Serbia on Jan. 29, 2017. Still with plenty of time on the international scene, upon reaching 100 caps, Altidore said he aims to hit 150 appearances and 50 goals for the U.S. by the time he retires from international play

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Gallery: MNT Draw 0-0 in First Matchup of 2017

The U.S. Men's National Team's opening match of 2017 resulted in a scoreless draw against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. In addition to Bruce Arena's second debut as head coach, forward Jozy Altidore earned his 100th cap in the match, becoming the second youngest player in U.S. MNT history to hit the century mark at 27 years, 84 days.

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MNT Feb 1, 2017

Zusi Earns Praise in Debut at Right Back

January Camp has long been a proving ground for players trying to break into the U.S. Men’s National Team. It can also be a place for a player to familiarize themselves with a new position.

Graham Zusi already accomplished the first task back in 2012, and set out to achieve the second by working hard during the last month to develop as a right back under new MNT head coach Bruce Arena. Though he played in the position twice last season for Sporting Kansas City, the 30-year-old got his first experience there on the international level in Sunday’s shutout against Serbia.

“I thought it went pretty well,” Zusi told ussoccer.com about his initial runout at right back. “First and foremost we got the clean sheet. I thought for the most part the back line was pretty organized and didn’t give away too many clear cut chances. For the first game of the year and a little bit of a new position and new group, I thought it was pretty good.”

Allowing just two shots on goal, Arena agreed with Zusi’s assessment following Sunday’s match, with a few members of the coaching staff saying the converted right back had turned in a Man of the Match performance.

"I think our back line played well," the MNT head coach said post-game. "The Zusi experiment at right back was productive today. He played really well."

A player whose natural instinct is to move forward, the converted defender said he focused on adjusting to the nuances of his new position during the match. 

“One of my main objectives going into this game was to be locked in mentally as a right back and as the last line of defense, so maybe that was a little bit different for me. Like I said, I think I was able to do that and keep the zero in the back.”

As he continues to grow in his role on the back line, one area he knows he can improve on in Friday’s friendly against Jamaica is doing what comes most natural to him as the MNT looks to close January Camp with a victory.

“It’s important to make sure we win [against Jamaica],” he said. “I think we started off on a pretty good note, but we have to build on that performance, no question about it. I think we can be a little bit sharper in the final third – not just the attackers, but everyone. I had a couple opportunities going forward this past game that I didn’t really take advantage of. Everybody I think needs to be a bit more sharp and clinical going forward.”

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