International soccer is right around the corner.
The United States men’s national team is kicking off new manager Bruce Arena’s tenure with a match against Serbia on January 29th at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Tickets go on sale on Monday, December 19th. ESPN2 and Univision will broadcast live.
The match will be at the end of January camp, which traditionally serves as a chance to get a look at players based domestically. There will be a second friendly that has yet to be announced.
Serbia is in second place of their group for 2018 World Cup Qualifying with a 2-0-2 record. Managed by Slavoljub Muslin, they’re currently ranked 44th by FIFA. The U.S. has never played Serbia, but has faced off against the former Yugoslavian national team twice, losing both matches.
The USMNT resumes World Cup Qualifying in March with matches against Honduras and Panama. Arena’s squad (formerly led by Jurgen Klinsmann) is currently in last place in the hexagonal, with zero points from two matches.