U.S. praise; Belgrade violence

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In Belgrade, violent clashes broke out at the match between Serbia-Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina, underlining the ethnic tensions that remain between the nations. It was the third match between the former Yugoslav republics since the 1992-95 civil war between Bosnian Muslims and Serbs that killed 250,000 in Bosnia. Serbia-Montenegro qualified with a 1-0 victory. Despite tight security, at least 19 people were injured in the violence at Belgrade’s 55,000-seat stadium. Six Bosnians were hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries, including stab wounds, hospital officials said. U.S. national soccer team coach Bruce Arena praised the play of his young players following a victory over Panama in a World Cup qualifying finale, and violent clashes in Belgrade marred Serbia and Montenegro’s advancement to next year’s finals in Germany. The Americans finished atop the CONCACAF qualifying group with a 2-0 triumph Wednesday over Panama at Foxboro, Mass. Arena, whose team secured its berth last month, used the past three matches to gauge bubble players for the 23-man roster next summer. center_img Taylor Twellman and Kyle Martino scored their first international goals, and Arena singled out the play of young midfielders Justin Mapp and Brian Carroll. “We finished first in the group, which is nice,” Arena said. “It wasn’t critical, but that’s always nice to cap off the year with a win and end up being the top team in the group.” last_img

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