September 13, 2013
USA to visit Scotland on Nov. 15
CHICAGO---With a World Cup berth secured, the U.S. National Team will start looking ahead to preparing for Brazil 2014 when it takes on Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Nov. 15.
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local), and the match will be shown live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and Univision Networks. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
The match falls on an international fixture date, which means U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has the option to select whatever players he chooses for the match. Given that Major League Soccer will be in the middle of its playoffs, it would not be surprising if Klinsmann selects primarily a European-based roster.
U.S. Soccer anticipates announcing a second match to be played Nov. 19 in the near future.
"The game against Scotland is crucial for us because we have so few games between now and when we name the roster for the FIFA World Cup," Klinsmann said in a statement. "It's a huge opportunity for the players, and we are excited to play against a team and in a venue that has so much tradition and history in football."
The U.S. has played Scotland seven times, holding a 2-3-2 mark in a series dating back to 1949. The teams last met on Scottish soil in 2005 nearly eight years ago to the day, when Josh Wolff converted a penalty kick in a 1-1 draw. Most recently, a Landon Donovan hat-trick paced the USA to a 5-1 victory in Jacksonville, Fla. on May 26, 2012.
Scotland is coming off victories against Croatia and Macedonia in World Cup qualifying. The Tartan Army narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2012 European Championship from a group that included defending FIFA World Cup champion Spain.
The U.S. qualified for the World Cup in after the 2-0 win Mexico in Columbus on Tuesday, the fourth consecutive "dos a cero" home victory for the USA in qualifying against El Tri. The USA is heading to its seventh successive World Cup and 10th overall next year.
The U.S. faces Jamaica on Oct. 11 at sold-out Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. (5:30 p.m. CT, ESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio). Four days later, the team closes out the cycle away to Panama. Kickoff from Estadio Rommel Fernandez is set for 10 p.m. ET, with coverage on beIN SPORT.
Ranked No. 13 in the world, the United States has collected a team-record 14 victories this year and is on pace to establish a new best in goal differential, goals per game and winning percentage for a calendar year. The win against Mexico represented the 250th victory in U.S. men's national team history.