Like it or not Bruce Arena is back. After being named manager of the United States men’s national team for the second time, his first camp in charge culminates with the first of two friendlies today against Serbia in San Diego, California. He’s trimmed his January camp roster to 23 players as the matches begin.
The first opponent of 2017 is Serbia, or more accurately an experimental roster full of domestic-based players who don’t have much international experience. On paper you have to give the edge to the U.S. in this just because of that fact. Yes, the Serbians may be in mid-season form as their domestic league is in the middle of a winter break, but the Americans have been training together for the better part of a month and most have played together before.
This will be a good test for the U.S. as the Bruce Arena 2.0 era begins. As always, these friendlies aren’t about results but about finding players who can help in the long run. Will some young players emerge as options for the first team? We can only hope.
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United States: Nick Rimando; Graham Zusi, Steve Birnbaum, Chad Marshall, Greg Garza; Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones; Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan, Darlington Nagbe; Jozy Altidore
Trying again! Serbia XI vs. #usmnt Manojlovic; Miletic, Maras, Calasan; Plavsic, Cirkovic, Palocevic, Panic, Dokic; Jovanovic, Gobeljic,— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 29, 2017
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