World Cup: USMNT schedule November road friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park
It's been more than a year since the US national team pasted Scotland in Florida. Come November, the Scots will have a chance to avenge that 5-1 loss on their home turf.
On Friday, U.S. Soccer announced Jurgen Klinsmann's side will travel to Glasgow on Nov. 15 to take on Scotland at Hampden Park (3 pm ET, ESPN, Univision) in a friendly that falls on the first international fixture date following the completion of CONCACAF's Hexagonal. A second match to be played on Nov. 19 is expected to be announced in the near future.
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"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 US have played Scotland seven times in its history, holding a lifetime record of 2-3-2 in a series dating back to 1949. The teams last met on Scottish soil in 2005, nearly eight years ago to the day of the November match, when Josh Wolff converted a penalty and the Americans finished with a 1-1 draw. Most recently, a Landon Donovan hat trick paced the USA to a 5-1 win on May 26, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Scotland are coming off victories against Croatia and Macedonia in 2014 FIFA 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 champions Spain.
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The US qualified for the World Cup in Brazil after a 2-0 win against Mexico on Sept. 10 in Columbus, Ohio, the fourth consecutive dos a cero home victory for the team in qualifying against El Tri. The US are headed to their seventh straight FIFA World Cup and 10th overall next year.
Next up is Jamaica on Oct. 11 at sold-out Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. (7:30 pm ET, ESPN, UniMas). Four days later, the team closes out the cycle away to Panama (10 pm ET, beIN Sport).