November 15, 2013
USA men play host Scotland to scoreless draw
GLASGOW, Scotland -- In its penultimate international match of the year, the United States played Scotland to a scoreless draw at Hampden Park on Friday.
The Americans, who clinched their seventh appearance at next year's World Cup in Brazil, play finish their 2014 schedule in Austria Tuesday.
Scotland took the first three shots of the encounter in the opening 11 minutes -- two by Steven Fletcher and one by Craig Conway -- before Jozy Altidore took the Americans' first attempt in the 14th minute, sending his effort well over the crossbar.
Four minutes later midfielder Michael Bradley sent a ball into the penalty area to Altidore, who slid the ball back to overlapping left back DaMarcus Beasley. His shot, however, was blocked by a defender.
The visitors continued to push for a goal in the 33rd minute. Bradley again sent the ball into the box as Brad Evans tapped it toward the net to a waiting Altidore, who was ready to tap it in. But an alert Scotland defender stepped in to deny him a shot.
Three minutes later it was Scotland's turn. Robert Snodgrass gathered a throw-in and drew Omar Gonzalez and Evans toward him before laying off the ball to Conway, who shot wide of the net as goalkeeper Tim Howard came off his line to cut down the angle.
After taking an Evans pass, Bradley launched a pass that sliced through the Scottish defense, but there was no teammate there to take advantage of his feed in the 40th minute.
Altidore tried to break the deadlock in the 48th minute, but he fired his attempt directly to goalkeeper David Marshall.
Snodgrass curled a free kick toward the upper right corner in the 53rd minute, but Howard denied his attempt.
Altidore smashed a shot that traveled wide left of its intended target in the 59th minute.
Trying to get some fresh legs into the match, USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann made three changes in the 62nd minute, replacing Eddie Johnson, Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljestan with Brek Shea, Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson, respectively.
Alejandro Bedoya pounced on a loose ball and feed Shea, put his cross bounced off a defender for a corner kick in the 76th minute.
The USA continued to plug away in the waning minutes as Johannsson forced Marshall to make a save in the 83rd minute and powered another try wide of the net two minutes later.