International friendly: USA vs Serbia

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USMNT vs. Serbia
International friendlies
January 25, 2023
BMO Stadium; Los Angeles, California.
Kick-off time: 10:07 p.m. ET on HBO Max, UNIVERSO, Peacock & Telemundo
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Tonight’s USMNT starting XI vs Serbia: 24- Gaga Slonina, 2- Julian Grissel, 3- Walker Zimmerman (capt.), 5- Jonathan Gomez, 8- Brandon Vazquez, 10- Paxton Pomical, 14- Alan Sonora, 17- Alex Zendegas, 20- Cady Coyle, 21 – Aidan Morris 22 – Galen Neal

Substitutes: 1- Sean Johnson, 4- DeJuan Jones, 6- Bucksteen Aronson, 7- Paul Areola, 9- Jesus Ferreira, 11- Emmanuel Sabi, 12- John Tolkien, 13- Matthew Hope, 15- Aaron Long, 16- Sam Rogers , 19- Eric Williamson, 23- Kellin Acosta

Game notes | Five things to know about Serbia

  • USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this matchup): Walker Zimmerman (38), Cade Cowell (2), Jonathan Gomez (2), Paxton Bumical (2), Julian Grissell (1), Aidan Morris (1), Jalen Neal (1), Gaga Slonina (1), Alan Sonora (1), Brandon Vazquez (1), Alex Zendegas (1)
  • The average age of today’s USMNT XI starter is 23 years, 18 days and averages four caps overall.
  • Nine of the 11 starters are 24 and under: Alan Soñora, Brandon Vazquez and Alex Zendejas (24); Paxton Bhumical (23); Aidan Morris (21), Cady Coyle, Jonathan Gomez and Galen Neal (19); Gaga Slonina (18).
  • Seven players earn their first team debut – the most debuts for a USMNT starting XI since nine players made their debut in a friendly against Guatemala on January 10, 1988.
  • At 18 years and 255 days old, Gaga Slonina would become the youngest goaltender to play in the USMNT, defeating Tony Meola who debuted at 19 years and 106 days on June 7, 1988 against Ecuador.
  • Two of the three cap-wearing starters earned their USMNT debuts at Dignity Health Sports Park. Cady Coyle and Jonathan Gomez both came off the bench to help the United States win 1-0 over Bosnia and Herzegovina on December 18, 2021.
  • Seven starters are dual nationals: Cowell, Gomez, Vazquez and Zendegas (USA and Mexico); Gressel (USA and Germany), Soñora (USA and Argentina), Slonina (USA and Poland)
  • The only Finals veteran in the starting lineup, quarterback Walker Zimmerman leads the USMNT for the seventh time tonight.
  • Three international debutants: Gaga Slonina (Chelsea/England), Jonathan Gomez (Real Sociedad/ESP) and Alex Zendegas (Club America/Mexico). Midfielder Alan Sonora recently played for Argentine side Independiente but is not currently linked to any club.
  • The remaining seven players are in MLS: Cady Coyle (San Jose Earthquakes), Julian Grisell (Vancouver Whitecaps), Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew), Jalen Neal (Los Angeles Galaxy), Paxton Pommical (FC Dallas), Brandon Vazquez (FC Cincinnati). ) and Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC).
  • Born in Ciudad Juarez, Alex Zendejas follows Martin Vasquez and William Yarbrough as the third Mexican-born player to represent the USMNT during the team’s modern era (1990–present). Zendejas now calls El Paso, Texas his hometown.
  • If Paxton Aronson comes off the bench tonight, he and older brother Brendan Aronson will become the eighth set of brothers to earn USMNT appearances and the first duo to do so since Pedro and John DiPrito, who debuted in 1983 and 1991, respectively.
  • With the USMNT decking out 23 players tonight, goaltender Roman Celentano is a healthy scratch from the playing squad. Six substitutions allowed in six different moments. The first half is not counted as a substitution moment.
  • USMNT is 0-2-1 all-time against Serbia. The two teams last tied 0-0 on January 29, 2017 in San Diego.
  • Daneon Parchment of Jamaica is the referee for today’s match. He previously officiated the 1-1 draw with Chile on March 26, 2019 in Houston, the 2-0 loss against Canada in the CONCACAF Nations League on October 15, 2019 in Toronto and the 2-1 win over Costa Rica in the World Cup. Qualifiers on October 13, 2021 in Columbus.

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