Team U.S.A. team saw few scoring opportunities and were lucky to escape with a 0-0 tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the team’s first match of 2018 Saturday in Carson.
Interim Coach Dave Sarachan fielded a team of mostly young, inexperienced players in international play for the friendly game, the second since Team U.S.A. was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup this summer in Russia.
Bosnia-Herzegovina, also a team made up mostly of younger players, were unfortunate not to score in the second half when Haris Medunjanin hit the post on a penalty kick. The Europeans also had more of the quality shots on goal, even though Team U.S.A. had the majority of ball possession.
U.S. goalkeeper Bill Hamid batted away a handful shots keeping the Europeans off the scoreboard.
Sarachan said prior to the game that the result wouldn’t be as important as giving younger players more game experience.