USA Ties Scotland 0-0 at Hampden Park
- Goalkeeper Tim Howard Earns 34th-Career Shutout, Makes Key Save in Second Half
- With Draw, USA is Guaranteed to Finish 2013 with Best Winning Percentage in U.S. MNT History
- USA Wraps up 2013 Campaign on Nov. 19 against Austria in Vienna at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and UniMas
GLASGOW, Scotland (Nov. 15, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team played Scotland to a scoreless tie at Hampden Park to open its final set of international friendlies in 2013 before heading into the new year and the stretch run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It marked the second time in three matches on Scottish soil that the USA has played the hosts to a draw.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard earned his 34th-career shutout and moved to 7-2-1 in 2013 and 52-26-16 all-time. Howard sits one victory away from the all-time record of 53 wins set by Kasey Keller (53-27-18).
With the draw, the USA is guaranteed to finish 2013 with the best winning percentage during a calendar year in U.S. MNT history. The USA is now 16-3-3 (.795) and will top the previous winning percentage record of .750 in 2005 (13-3-4) and 2012 (9-2-3) no matter the result of its final match of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 19 against Austria.
The U.S. MNT wraps up the 2013 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna with a game against the Austrians at 2:45 p.m. ET that will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
Neither side put a shot on goal during the first half, but it was Scotland that had the two closest scoring chances. In the 24th minute, Charles Mulgrew spun his free kick to the left of the USA’s four-man wall, but it went just over the crossbar. Craig Conway had a one-on-one against Tim Howard in the 36th minute, but he botched his right-footed attempt wide left after being set up by Steven Fletcher.
The U.S. managed one shot in the first half when Jozy Altidore’s struck his 13th-minute side-volley wide right.
The U.S. started the second half with increased pressure in the offensive third. Altidore’s 48th-minute shot from just inside the penalty box went directly to Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall for the USA’s first shot on goal. The U.S. striker had another chance in the 59th minute, but his attempt skipped only inches wide left of the frame.
Tim Howard had the save of the match in the 53rd minute when he denied Robert Snodgrass’s free kick from 26 yards out. The left-footed attempt went over the USA’s four-man wall and Howard stretched with his left glove to parry away a shot that was headed toward the upper right corner of the net.
The USA created its biggest stir in the final 10 minutes but came away empty-handed. Shortly after DaMarcus Beasley crossed the ball in from the left corner, second-half sub Aron Johannsson unleashed a shot from inside the box but Marshall made a clutch diving save to his left. Altidore tried to pounce on the rebound in the six-yard box, but Scotland defender Grant Hanley was able to clear it out, clipping it off the U.S. striker.
The USA’s best chance of the night came was created by Brek Shea in the 85th minute when the Stoke midfielder dribbled run down the left flank to the end line and laid the ball off perfectly for Johannsson inside the box. Johannson tried to curl his shot to the far post, but his attempt was skidded tantalizing wide right of the frame.
- The USA was shutout for the first time since its scoreless draw against Mexico on March 26 at Estadio Azteca. The U.S. had scored at least one goal in 17 straight matches.
- The 17 straight games with a goal was the second-longest streak in U.S. MNT history, following the USA’s run of 23 consecutive games from 2004-05.
- The U.S. is now 2-3-3 all-time against Scotland.
- U.S. MNT left back DaMarcus Beasley moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time appearances list with his 113th cap, passing four-time FIFA World Cup midfielder Claudio Reyna who had 112 caps from 1994-2006.
- Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who wore the captain’s armband against Scotland, moved into a tie with Brian McBride for 16th place on the U.S. MNT all-time appearances list with his 95th cap.
- Beasley and Eddie Johnson made their team-leading 16th appearances in 2013, with Beasley earning the start in each of his games played.
- Midfielder Michael Bradley made his first appearance since the USA’s 1-0 victory against Honduras in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
- The starting defensive line of Beasley, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez and Brad Evans teamed up together for the first time, even though all four players have played in 10 or more games in 2013.
- Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has now started in the USA’s past four matches – the only player to do so. Bedoya has appeared in 11 matches this year and 24 in his career.
- U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made three subs overlapping the 62nd and 63rd minutes. Brek Shea, Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson replaced Eddie Johnson, Jermaine Jones and Sacha Klejstan, respectively.
- Defender Eric Lichaj made his first appearance of 2013 and ninth-career cap when he replaced Evans in the 72nd min. He had not played for the MNT since the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- Terrence Boyd replaced Jozy Altidore in the 90th minute for his fourth cap in 2013 and 11th-career appearance.
-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Scotland
Date: Nov. 15, 2013
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Weather: 52 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
SCO 0 0 0
USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 6-Brad Evans (2-Eric Lichaj, 72), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 20-Geoff Cameron, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (10-Mix Diskerud, 62); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Chris Wondolowski, 81), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 62), 18-Eddie Johnson (21-Brek Shea, 62); 17-Jozy Altidore (15-Terrence Boyd, 90)
Subs Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 5-John Brooks, 14-Michael Orozco
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
SCO: 1-David Marshall; 2-Alan Hutton, 3-Steve Whittaker (18-Lee Wallace, 69), 4-Grant Hanley, 5-Gordon Greer; 6-Barry Bannan (14-Steven Naismith, 81), 7-Charlie Mulgrew, 8-Scott Brown (capt.), 9-Steven Fletcher; 10-Robert Snodgrass (20-Ross McCormack, 69), 11-Craig Conway (19-Gary MacKay-Steven, 84)
Subs Not Used: 12-Matthew Gilks, 13-James McArthur, 15-Christophe Berra, 16-Charlie Adam, 17-Russell Martin, 21-Scott Fox, 22-Ikechi Anya, 23-Craig Bryson
Head Coach: Gordon Strachan
Stats Summary: USA / SCO
Shots: 6 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 5
Offside: 1 / 0
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Tim Howard