Team U.S.A. begins 2018 with with unimpressive draw

U.S. attacker Juan Agudelo shoots on goal during Sunday's game at the StubHub Center in Carson (FERMIN LEAL, FUTBOLDAILY.COM)

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.

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