Arena gave three players -- Sebastian Lletget, Chris Pontius, Jorge Villafana -- their first U.S. caps and a first start for Darlington Nagbe, who provided rare highlights in the San Diego friendly.
Jan. 29 in San Diego
USA 0 Serbia 0.
USA Player Ratings:
Rating Player (Team) Caps/Goals
5 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 22/0
Called on to make two saves, a very easy one in the 72nd and an 89th minute blast that went straight to him.
3 Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) 43/5
The closest the right back came to contributing to the attack was an innocuous lob of a cross in the 81st minute. Wasted an excellent pass received from Michael Bradley in the penalty area in 68th minute.
5 Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United) 10/1
Helped central defense partner Chad Marshall keeps Serbs from penetrating through the middle.
6 Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders) 11/1
Blocked a couple shots, intercepted a cross and won a tackle close to the U.S. goal when Serbia came to life in the middle of the first half.
3 Greg Garza (Atlanta United) 10/0
Got lucky when the ref placed his penalty-area foul in the 23rd minute outside the box. Like Zusi failed to help the U.S. attack.
6 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 127/15
Swept in front of the backline and sparked some forays with mid-range passes.
5 Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy)
Set up Darlington Nagbe nicely for a first-half shot. Exited at halftime.
4 Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) 56/2
Didn’t trouble the Serbs from the right wing.
5 Sacha Kljestan (NY Red Bulls) 52/6
Set up a shot for Jozy Altidore and was involved in some combo play but came up short in a playmaker’s role.
7 Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) 11/1
In his first-ever USA start, provided rare first-half excitement with two shots that curled just wide. Most dangerous U.S. attacker was fouled five times in second half. Set up a chance after nifty one-two with Kljestan in the 63rd minute.
4 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) 100/37
Laid off a ball that Jones shot wide. Failed to break through Serbia’s crowded central defense besides his second-half shot that Filip Manojlovic smothered.
4 Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) 1/0
Replaced Jones in at halftime and won ball in midfield to spark first second-half attack that ended with Altidore forcing first save from Manojlovic in 48th minute. Hit decent cross to Kljestan in 58th minute.
3 Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union) 1/0
Came in for Bedoya in the 65th minute and hardly appeared until he shot wide from 14 yards in the 90th minute.
5 Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna/MEX) 1/0
Replaced Garza at left back in 69th minute. Intercepted pass on first touch and won tackle with second. Sent in one cross late in the game.
4 Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders) 13/1
Looked threatening upon replacing center forward Altidore in the 74th minute but got only one other chance, shooting high in stoppage time.
NR Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC) 42/2
Replaced Kljestan in 77th minute. Set up a chance for Jordan Morris.
NR Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) 22/3
After replacing Nagbe in 87th minute, did well to evade two sandwiching Serb defenders in the penalty area but failed to pull the trigger.
(Ratings: 1=low; 5=average; 10-high.)
TRIVIA: Jozy Altidore became the 17th U.S. player and to earn 100 caps and at 27 years and 84 days old the second youngest after Landon Donovan to reach that milestone.
Jan. 29 in San Diego, Calif.
USA 0 Serbia 0
USA -- Rimando; Zusi, Birnbaum, Marshall, Garza (Villafana, 69); Bradley, Jones (Lletget, 46); Bedoya (Pontius, 65), Kljestan (Feilhaber, 77), Nagbe (Agudelo, 87); Altidore (Morris, 74).
Serbia -- Manojlovic; Miletic, Maras, Plavsic (Jovanovic, 81), Palocevic (Mrkic, 64), Gobeljic (Klisura, 84), Cirkovic, Calasan (Simonovic, 55), Panic, Dokic (Jevtovic, 77), Jovanovic (Alivodic, 63).
Yellow Cards: USA -- Kljestan 57; Serbia -- Cirkovic 80.
Red cards -- none.
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica).
Shots: 12/ 8.
Shots on Goal: 1/2.
Corner Kicks: 2/7.