Americans shoot blanks again, tie Bolivia 0-0.SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Sunday, January 24, 1999) -- The good news is the United States has yet to permit a goal under new head coach Bruce Arena. The bad news is the Americans are yet to score either.
With Tony Meola, the U.S. starter in the 1990 and 1994 World Cup in net for the first time since July 4, 1994, the U.S. played a scoreless draw with Bolivia in a friendly before a capacity crowd at Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera Stadium today. Meola had four saves in his 28th career international shutout.
Arena, who replaced Steve Sampson following last summer’s World Cup, went with Meola in goal after scheduled starter Zach Thornton sprained an ankle. Meola played for Arena at University of Virginia. The top two U.S. keepers -- Kasey Keller and Brad Friedel -- were not recalled from the English Premier League.
Arena’s debut produced a 0-0 tie with Australia on November 6.
Six starters today -- defenders Jeff Agoos and Eddie Pope; midfielders Claudio Reyna and Cobi Jones; and forwards Brian McBride and Joe-Max Moore were on the ’98 World Cup team that finished 32d and last, leading to Sampson’s resignation.
Argentine Hector (Bambino) Veira coached his first game for Bolivia.
United States 0, Bolivia 0Lineups: Bolivia - Jose Carlo Fernandez, Sergio Castillo, Eduardo Jiguchi, Ronald Arana, Lorgio Alvarez, Ruben Tufiño, Raul Justiniano, Raul Gutierrez (Luis Liendo 45), Mauricio Ramos (Gonzalo Galindo 68), Jefferson Gottardi (Juan Berthy Suarez 68), Limberg Gutierrez (Roger Suarez 68). United States - Tony Meola, Robin Fraser, Jeff Agoos, Eddie Pope (C.J. Brown 64), Eddie Lewis (Imad Baba 75), Chris Armas, Claudio Reyna, Cobi Jones, Jovan Kirovski, Brian McBride, Joe-Max Moore (Roy Lassiter 68).
Shots: Bolivia 6, United States 11. Saves: Bolivia 5, United States 4. Corner kicks: Bolivia 2, United States 11. Fouls: Bolivia 16, United States 12. Offside: Bolivia 2, United States 3. Yellow card caution: Bolivia - Castillo 81.
Referee: Juan Carlos Paniagua (Bolivia). Assistant referees: names not available. Attendance: 39,000 at Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera Stadium in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Weather: 90 degrees, humid.