The U.S. males’s nationwide staff claimed a first-half lead in its first match of 2023, however conceded two sloppy targets in an eventual pleasant loss to visiting Serbia.
Luka Ilici and Veljko Simic scored for the Serbians to cancel out Brandon Vazquez’s first worldwide aim in 2-1 triumph at Banc of California Stadium. A complete of eight American gamers made their senior worldwide debuts, together with Vazquez, Julian Gressel, and Gabriel Slonina.
The outcome marked the USMNT’s first dwelling defeat since September 2019 in all competitions.
After streaky durations from each groups within the early going, the USMNT broke the impasse within the twenty eighth minute. Gressel’s harmful cross from the proper wing was headed dwelling by Vazquez within the field for his first worldwide aim.
Vazquez’s flicked header landed into the bottom-left nook, leaving Serbia goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic to look at the FC Cincinnati ahead rejoice along with his teammates.
Slonina saved the Individuals in entrance not lengthy after the restart, denying Simic’s shot within the field earlier than additionally maintaining the rebound off the road.
Serbia continued to up its strain earlier than halftime and benefitted from a USMNT breakdown to tie issues up. Luka Ilic’s free-kick within the forty fourth minute snuck via the Individuals defensive wall and beat Slonina to the bottom-left nook.
The Serbs picked up the place they left off within the second half as Dragan Stojkovic’s squad grabbed a 2-1 lead via Simic’s end. The 27-year-old captain was performed into the field after the USMNT misplaced possession, earlier than slotting dwelling his first worldwide aim.
Cade Cowell appeared essentially the most likeliest to seek out an equalizer for the USMNT, calling his personal quantity within the 56th minute. Nonetheless, each posts on Dragan Rosic’s web denied the San Jose Earthquakes ahead, first on Cowell’s flicked effort earlier than his later try within the half.
DeJuan Jones, Matthew Hoppe, and Paul Arriola had been amongst six second-half substitutions for the USMNT because the Individuals tried to discover a tying aim. Arriola was denied twice by Rosic within the 74th and 79th minutes respectively, whereas Alejandro Zendejas had two offensive probabilities blocked by Serbian defenders.
Serbia would dangle on via, capturing its second-consecutive pleasant win relationship again to 2022. Slonina made two saves within the loss for the USMNT whereas Petrovic and Rosic every made two saves apiece within the victory.
The USMNT closes out its two-match window on Saturday in Carson, Cali. in opposition to Colombia.