CHICAGO (November 2, 2005) — The U.S. Men’s National Team’s final match of 2005 will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel as the U.S. takes on Scotland on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Glasgow. Kickoff at Hampden Park is set for 4 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET), and fans will also be able to follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
The match will be the 20th of the year for manager Bruce Arena, whose squad will have a chance to improve on their 13-3-3 record, already the best win total in U.S. history. Of the 20 games played in 2005, 19 have been televised in the United States, including the live broadcast of the USA-Scotland match on Fox Soccer Channel despite the game coming together and being announced just a few weeks before the match.
Arena is expected to call up a squad of both European based and domestic players for the match.
“With only one international fixture date next year, this is an excellent opportunity to get our group together as we continue to shape our team for the World Cup,” Arena said. “Scotland is traditionally a very solid team, and we are looking forward to the game.”
The match falls on an international fixture date, and will take place on the first of two playoff dates set aside for the final 10 teams trying to earn a spot in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The match also falls one day before the MLS Cup championship game being played in Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 13.
The U.S. has played Scotland five times in their history, holding a lifetime record of just 1-3-1, but hasn’t played in Scotland in 53 years. The team’s lone match in Scotland came way back on Aug. 30, 1952, when the Tartan Army blanked the U.S. 6-0 in Glasgow. The teams last met in the USA’s final preparation match before the 1998 FIFA World Cup, playing to a scoreless draw on May 30, 1998, in Washington, D.C.
Hampden Park is one of the most storied facilities in Britain, and is the National Stadium of Scotland. Opened in the early 1900’s, the stadium hosted a record crowd of 149,415 in 1937 for a Scotland v. England match. They hosted over 130,000 fans at the 1960 European Cup final, a 7-3 win for Real Madrid against Eintracht Frankfurt. The current stadium capacity is 52,000.
The U.S. is one of 32 finalists that will compete in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The Draw to determine group pairings will take place Dec. 9 in Leipzig, Germany. The USA has chosen the northern port city of Hamburg as its base of operations in Germany.