Former All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has lost his first fixtures as interim coach of the United States national team, losing an international friendly to Serbia 2-1.
Hudson gave debuts to eight players in a United States side that was under strength because the game was played outside of the FIFA international window.
Hudson (41), who was an assistant coach with the US team at the FIFA World Cup, has taken over as the squad’s caretaker coach while current head coach Gregg Berhalter, whose contract expired at the end of December, awaits the completion of an investigation.
US Soccer launched an independent investigation into allegations made against Berhalter about a violent incident in 1991 in which Berhalter admits to his wife Rosalind in the legs during an argument.
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Main photo: Anthony Hudson … takes over national squad in interim role. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Having lost to Serbia, the United States will face Colombia in Carson on Sunday January 29 (NZT).
Hudson’s starting line-up had nine players under 25, making it one of the youngest sides fielded in the country’s history.
Most starters were MLS players. The squad had 11 players getting their first call-up and only five members from their FIFA World Cup squad.
For Serbia, eight players made their international debuts, with the team’s starting line-up having only 15 international appearances between them.
The United States had the chances to win the game, taking 20 shots (five on target) to Serbia’s 11 (six on target).
The United States have won only one of their last eight matches, recording four draws and three losses.