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Report: Scotland to announce U.S. friendly for November

Sep 3, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

Almost in the footnotes of a Scotland Herald story on Sunday came a report that Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan is “close to announcing a home friendly against USA.”

The match would reportedly take place in November, during the Nov. 15-19 FIFA calendar window for international matches. The Washington Post’s Steven Goff, who also posted the link to the Herald story, said on Twitter that the United States would likely be playing two friendlies in Europe during the window:

Scotland is a team in recent disarray, mathematically eliminated from 2014 World Cup qualification with three matches to go by way of its one win, four losses, two ties record in Group A of UEFA qualifying. However, its next chance at a major tournament has improved as Euro 2016 in France will be played with an expanded 24-team field.

Last time the U.S. played Scotland, in Jacksonville, Fla., in May 2012, Landon Donovan scored a hat trick as the U.S. pasted a 5-1 win over the Scots. In November, with World Cup qualifying complete, the U.S. would be tuning up for the tournament next summer, making a match in Europe ideal for gathering its first-choice squad for head coach Jürgen Klinsmann to begin trimming it down.

The next FIFA friendly date on the official calendar after November is on March 5.

  1. hildezero - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    One time I was having a conversation with some Scottish on YouTube. Most of them were saying that the Scottish Premier League is better than the MLS. Some were saying MLS wouldn’t even qualify for the qualifying rounds of the UCL. Others were comparing MLS to the English Championship. Even to the English Conference. They were calling Americans arrogant and ignorant. I’m not American, but Americans do have that arrogant image around the world. But it’s ignorance if you’re gonna compare the MLS to the Conference and especially say that the Scottish Premier League is better than the MLS. Is the MLS quality like the nPower Championship? Maybe. Does MLS clubs have the quality to reach a UCL qualifying round? Of course! MLS clubs are way better than some clubs from small European countries or big European countries with wack@$$ leagues. Fact is, that the Scotts need to get out of that old school football shit. It’s 2013 now. MLS is better than the Scottish Premier League and US Soccer is way better than Scotland.

  2. tariencole - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM


    There are just as many Eurosnobs as ‘arrogant Yanks.’ It’s usually a case of pointing a finger and having the other three coming back at you.

    And I’d say the top MLS teams could survive in the EPL. Note, I’m not saying they’d beat Man U or any rubbish like that. But the bottom 10 teams currently in the EPL play not to get thrashed by the top 4 now as it is. An MLS team would be no different. The Galaxy, Sporting KC, and Seattle have the resources, infrastructure, and fortress home ground to survive in any league. It wouldn’t be pretty very often. But they’d claw their way through.

    The rest of the league would be somewhere in the range of relegation fodder to mid-table Championship, with the exception of Chivas, which is simply a debacle.

  3. hildezero - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Yeah, I know.

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