The Last Time They Met: USA vs. Scotland
The U.S. men's national team will take on Scotland Friday in one of the last two matches of 2013, a game that serves as a rematch of their May 2012 clash.
That was a landmark day for the USA, although it came against an unmotivated Scotland side that was more about going through the motions than it was about giving the USA a true battle. As U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann recently told USSoccer.com: “It’s a team very different from last year. They came to Jacksonville to finish their season and they simply wanted to have a good time and go on vacation. The coach, even after the match, kind of apologized and said, ‘Shoot, it was hard to push them up again.’ I said, ‘It’s totally understandable.’ It helped us get our confidence for our World Cup qualifier last summer."
Even so, that game included a Landon Donovan hat trick, a Michael Bradley screamer and an all-around highlight-laden night in Florida. To jog your memory, video from that 5-1 thrashing is below: