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USMNT-Serbia: Vazquez scores, US falls to Serbia in friendly

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Vazquez scored to lead a US lineup with seven starters making their international debuts, but the Americans lost 2-1 to Serbia on Wednesday night in their first match since the World Cup.

Veljko Simic scored the go-ahead goal in the opening minute of the second half for Serbia, which gave debuts to 14 players. Eight Americans in all debuted during a lively friendly that felt like spring training at BMO Stadium near downtown Los Angeles.

The American team is in transition with interim head coach Anthony Hudson running the show while the US Soccer Federation determines the future of coach Gregg Berhalter, whose contract expired at the end of last year. Hudson is using the team’s annual January camp and the accompanying exhibitions to give experience to a new crop of prospects after the US was eliminated in the round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar.

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