The United States is ready to take on Scotland at Hampden Park to begin their preparations for the World Cup. It is the Americans' first match after qualifying and will be followed up on Tuesday with a clash at Austria in a pair of very important friendlies. There is only one FIFA match day next year before the end of the European season, making these two contests two-thirds of the Americans' pre-World Cup camp preparation.
The U.S. and Scotland met last summer in a match that turned into a complete blowout for the Americans. Landon Donovan netted a hat trick in a 5-1 romp that came right before the start of World Cup qualifying for the Americans. Now they meet in another friendly, this one the first match after World Cup qualifying.
Missing this time are Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Kyle Beckerman, who are either dealing with an injury or are preoccupied with the MLS Cup Playoffs. Still, the U.S. has a strong squad with Tim Howard in goal, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones making up the central midfield and Jozy Altidore up top.
United States: Tim Howard, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron, DaMarcus Beasley; Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones; Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan, Eddie Johnson; Jozy Altidore.
Scotland: David Marshall, Alan Hutton, Steven Whittaker, Grant Hanley, Gordon Greer, Barry Bannan, Charlie Mulgrew, Scott Brown, Robert Snodgrass, Craig Conway, Steven Fletcher.
The match kicks off at 3 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN2 and you can watch online on ESPN3.
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