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Sacha Kljestan starts for USMNT against Serbia

Sacha starts USMNT's first game of 2017 and first game of Bruce Arena's second go-round as head coach of the team.

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History will record that Sacha Kljestan was in the first starting lineup of Bruce Arena's second stint as US Men's National Team head coach.

A January friendly against a (to be polite) second-string Serbia side is going have an unusual amount of US Soccer history attached to it. The result is unlikely to be significant to anyone, but the match is not only Arena's return to the, but will also see (former New York Red Bulls man) Jozy Altidore receive his 100th cap for his country.

Congrats to Jozy. And congratulations to Sacha Kljestan, who is where he wants to be at the start of Bruce Arena's effort to guide USMNT to the 2018 World Cup: in the starting lineup.

Kljestan's fellow and former club teammates Luis Robles and Dax McCarty will have to make their case for continued inclusion in Arena's plans from the bench.