USA vs. Scotland: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. Men's national team kicks off a series of five matches in three weeks with a friendly against Scotland in Jacksonville, Florida tonight (8pm, NBC Sports Network).

The match is the start of a busy run that will culminate with the Americans opening qualifying for the 2012 World Cup with matches against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala.

The USA will be without Clint Dempsey for tonight's match, but Landon Donovan is back in the fold for the USA, and is in the starting lineup.

SBI will be providing live commentary through out the evening so please feel free to follow along with us. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions on the match in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

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109 Responses to USA vs. Scotland: Match Night Commentary

  1. Mig22 says:

    Ah, Jones. If there is any game that he SHOULD be playing (I’m not a fan), it’s against the Braveheart gang. He’ll fit right in.

    And yes, I really don’t like him or rate him. :)

  2. Isaac says:

    First impression? This is a TERRIBLE lineup. Torres is NOT a pure attacking midfielder.

    Of course, Juergen is the coach, not me. I trust his judgment.

  3. Mig22 says:

    Herc must be saying “Really? Boyd? Does he actually play professionally?”

  4. jones says:

    yeah, if Torres isn’t great tonight I won’t think much of it. I hope we see him in the center later on.

  5. Shark says:

    I’m not a fan of Jones either…saw him up close and personal at the Gold Cup Final last year and was less than impressed.

  6. Tom says:

    Does anyone know where I can watch the game online?

  7. JpJ says:

    firstrowsports eu

  8. Mig22 says:

    There is simply no justification for starting Boyd. Playing him? Definitely. Starting as the prime striker? In-ex-plicable.

    And yes, there are 4 defensive mids on the field against Scotland. It doesn’t matter that Torres is listed as part of the ‘forwards’, he’s a d-mid, distribution guy at heart.

    Just weird.

  9. Yellow Submarine says:

    I’m really glad we’re seeing Geoff Cameron next to Boca.

  10. Yellow Submarine says:

    I think saying it’s terrible is extremely hyperbolic.

    My only complaint?

    Three defensive minded midfielders.

    Hopefully Jones and/or Bradley attack, attack, attack.

  11. JD in FL says:

    Does the steel that we have in the midfield present an attacking threat? Interesting lineup…

  12. Mig22 says:

    Should be interesting. Good to see him vs. Scotland as opposed to Brazil.

  13. jones says:

    makes no sense. Klinsmann is a “square peg, round hole” type of coach, I guess.

  14. chris says:

    Oooooh the christmas tree formation. Come on we have 9 defensive minded players on the field

  15. Mig22 says:

    Wow, chick singing the anthem is terrible. Bring back the bagpipes.

  16. jones says:

    These anthems are terribly preformed…

  17. gene says:

    Is it me, or is the singing really bad for the US anthem?

  18. Mig22 says:

    Right? Is JK going to be a forever-tinkerer? Maybe it works…we’ll see.

  19. Jamie Z. says:

    That is officially the worst rendition of our national anthem I have ever heard.

  20. Mig22 says:

    I think we all agreed on the anthem. :)

  21. Amru says:

    wow that anthem was god awful

  22. JJJ says:

    Ouch, embarrassing anthem

  23. chris says:

    Wow that national anthem sucked. She was horrible.

  24. Brian says:

    Ominous sign. That was the worst national anthem I have ever heard

  25. Amru says:

    I wish I knew why JK is so set on playing with 3 DM. Doesn’t give us a whole lot going forward, but maybe he’s looking for Bradley to get into the attack

  26. Jamie Z. says:

    And by “officially,” I mean I’m going to go write it down, so if anyone ever asks me, “Jamie, what is the worst version of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ you have ever heard?” I can say, “26 May, 2012. USA v Scotland.”

  27. Joe from Philly says:

    I thought the pipers were bad. I half expected to see a piper down. But then she completely impressed me with her ability to make me laugh.

  28. deepvalue says:

    Carl lewis > roseanne > that chick

  29. D says:

    You can’t make out the numbers on the backs of the USA shirts.

  30. Jamie Z. says:

    Theirs wasn’t much better, to be fair.

  31. gene says:

    early possession in the back suspect.

  32. Jamie Z. says:


  33. Patrick says:


  34. gene says:

    …and we are up 1:0.

  35. Mig22 says:

    Bradley is so good.

  36. Conrad says:

    reliable stream anyone?

  37. byrdman says:

    at least she sang with passion and emotion. Unfortunately she forgot to sing with pitch and quality.

  38. byrdman says:


  39. Patrick says:

    Wow, Mikey!

  40. Jason B says:


  41. gene says:

    Now, that goal from Bradley is a beauty.

  42. Mig22 says:

    Crap, I hate to admit it but Jones made a sweet layoff there from the brilliant ball from LD.

  43. mike says:

    An absolute firecracker!

  44. silversurfer says:

    Donovan sucks! He’s washed up. Bradley sucks! He only plays because his dad is the coach.

  45. deepvalue says:

    All the Bradley haters are crying tears of blood right now.

  46. Jamie Z. says:

    I appreciate your ‘So I Married An Axe Murderer’ reference.

  47. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    There are a couple players on the pitch for the US that are playing for their places in the side. Michael Bradley is not one of those people.

  48. Oh Yeah says:

    Why The F*** is Cameron staring? SMH Jurgen you almost had a perfect lineup if only Gooch was playing

  49. gacm32 says:

    I felt like Tim was a little passive on that goal.

  50. Mig22 says:

    At 20:33, Cameron and Boca made a beauty of a step-up and got an offsides on an over the top.

  51. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    Torres with the smart play, so unlucky

  52. soccerroo says:

    yes i have a scottish feed with no picture would Live to see the game not just listen

  53. theraccoun says:

    I don’t think that was Cameron’s fault. Him and boca both stepped and got that offsides, just unlucky it came down like that

  54. ben in el cajon says:

    I’m sure Rosanne Barr’s effort is on YouTube. Go ahead, listen–I dare you.

  55. Jamie Z. says:

    I’m seeing glimpses of quality from Boyd. I definitely want to see more from him.

  56. Colin says:

    God we look good. Klisman is starting to have an effect and our players are getting better.

  57. Benny says:

    Then you have not heard many.

  58. Mig22 says:

    As of yet, I’m not a JK believer. I just think we have better players now and, of course, we’re playing Scotland. They don’t WANT the ball preferring to play counter.

    That said, we DO look good on attack.

  59. NF says:

    If you search for her name on Youtube (Victoria Zarlenga), she sang the national anthem at a basketball game a few months ago. Sounded like a completely different person. Crazy.

  60. predicto says:

    Great performance by USMNT in the first half. Really dangerous when counter attacking in the open field – this is where the goals came – great!

    And they are controlling possession with short passes, moving, calm in traffic – great!

    Small issue – even with all that possession, they look a bit clueless what to do with the ball near the goal. They seem to want to pass it into the net.

  61. Kash says:

    Come on not much he could do against that ball, Cameron is solid he is the modern defender. Please dont get me wrong ive always liked Gooch but he as is everyone else is getting older.

  62. Travis in Miami says:

    Yes…a guy with 3 caps for Germany must suck

  63. Jamie Z. says:

    Jones with a pretty blatant dive there. Whether or not there was contact, he’s was looking for it.

  64. Jamie Z. says:

    The commentator clearly can’t tell the difference between Terrence Boyd and Jermaine Jones.

  65. Mig22 says:

    In these uniforms with Boyd’s tendency to rove around, I’m even having trouble at times.

  66. beachbum says:

    midfield domination

    attacking possession

    the more skilled team and players in RW and B

    Coach Klinsmann!

  67. Oh Yean says:

    Oh God Beckerman is coming in

  68. hawaiinate says:

    donovan is washed up. Just doesn’t look inspired anymore.

  69. Jason B says:

    They’re slow
    They’re white
    They’ll let Donovan score all night
    They’re Scotland

  70. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    I think Dempsey is the best American player, but Donovan is the best American player when he’s wearing the American shirt. Great stuff tonight

  71. Jason B says:

    Who cares? They’re both great. Why the need to constantly debate it?

  72. DJ says:

    LOL. Sometime we need to get a poll up on this site so we can vote on the SBI Commenters’ Most Hated Players. I would expect the top 5 most hated to be:

    1) Michael Bradley
    2) Landon Donovan
    3) Teal Bunbury

  73. DJ says:

    Top three, I meant.

  74. andrew in tally says:

    luv the midfield chemistry between bradley, jones and donovan.

  75. Jamie Z. says:


  76. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    Starting to feel bad for Scotland now. They’re outclassed, and the heat can’t be doing them any favors. The climate difference must be a huge shock for them

  77. Jamie Z. says:

    He’s really worthless when his heart isn’t in it.

  78. Yellow Submarine says:

    Glad you inspired him tonight.

  79. John F says:

    Yeah, except half the US team plays in the Alps. And Gomez and Torres are probably getting colds.

  80. deepvalue says:

    The Scottish keeper just shrugged his shoulders as his defense got shredded. He made the wtf face.

  81. Roy says:

    This is the best performance I’ve seen by the US in a while. Good work, Klinnsman.

  82. Roy says:

    Unless I’m watching a different game, he’s scored 3.

  83. deepvalue says:

    Best I’ve ever seen Jones play.

  84. Jermaine Jones is the man says:


  85. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    The Alps? Who plays in the Alps, other than the mountain goats and spanish cyclists?

  86. Mig22 says:

    need a little check on your sarcasm meter, Roy. 😉

  87. Mig22 says:

    Understatement King of the Night:

    Franco Panizo: 87th minute, USA still on top. Scotland not showing much offensively.

  88. Benny says:

    Scotland’s last friendly was a 1-1 tie against Slovenia in Slovenia and last year lost 3-1 to Spain in Spain. The U.S. has improved. I hope to see a good game against Brazil and can’t wait for that Antigua and Barbuda game.

  89. Jermaine jones, bitch. says:

    Where are the haters?

  90. Mig22 says:

    yup. I’m eating some crow.

  91. DingDong says:

    I think that was the point.

  92. Mig22 says:

    Still here and still can’t stand the dirty SOB. That said, he was a stud tonight.

  93. Matt says:

    Quality of play and skill

    jones >>>>>> Bradley, and that will never ever change, Bradley is the most inconsistant midfielder on the squad, hes had maybe 3 good matches the past year, and when one of those matches happens everyon goes rampant and does similiar to the above

    ” where are all the Bradley haters”

    its irritating, if he cant crack the starting lineup for his club he will not be an automatic starter which is something Klinsmen has stated, so damn right he is fighting for a spot

    (SBI-Matt, we get it, you don’t like Bradley. You’ve been criticizing him for a LONG time now on this site. Your latest rants about him only serve to show how deluded your views on him seem to be. Funny that you offered no comments during the Italy match. Cat must’ve gotten your tongue that day.)

  94. predicto says:

    Great performance by USMNT! Played the right way and was exactly as needed. Best I’ve seen them play.

    But my questions going into Brasil are:

    1) how much did those 2 early goals contribute to the powerful USA attack and confident pressuring defense? What if we didn’t get them?

    2) LD was involved in everything attacking. He was the creative force. Who steps in when he runs out of ideas?

  95. George3000 says:

    I think the biggest difference between Germany 2006 and what hopefully will happen in Brazil 2014 is that we have much more quality at each position. Before, teams could game plan us fairly easily based on the personnel we had. Now, teams need to at least respect the capabilities of our 1-11. The extra attention eventually opens things up for the rest of the squad. Also, I think Fabian Johnson is the real deal – enough so to make me forget about Chandler.

  96. Mig22 says:

    I respectfully but utterly disagree with your assessment.


  97. Eurosnob says:

    How could you forget about Bornstein? You can also add Rossi, Subotic and most recently Chandler.

  98. Mig22 says:

    Agree on these points. Depth and quality much greater, Fabian Johnson is really good, and our goals and creativity come from a wider range of play.

    But I was one of the few that thought Germany 2006 was more about a vicious draw than any particular failing of the team.

    Good times!

  99. GW says:


    What if Donovan had decided to play for Canada? Who would have scored those two early goals?

    Also, Donovan has lost his fire and his heart. If you have been reading SBI lately it is clear this team is Clint’s now. All attacking ideas need to be referred to him.

  100. Jamie says:

    Anybody have Guatemala/Antigua and Barbuda rosters? Marco Pappa didn’t play in their friendly the other day, is he playing for them?

  101. Gotim says:

    Dude, Bradley started nearly every game for Chievo Verona this year. You are copying and pasting old Bradley rants from last year.

  102. Matt Snyder says:

    Matt – You are simply NOT informed of facts. Bradley has STARTED EVERY game he has been eligible for – for Chiveo (31 games+), played the 2nd most minutes out all players on his team, and has drawn RAVE reviews from fellow teammates and the coaching staff. The fans are calling him “The General”. They LOVE him. Try googling a recent NY Times article….if you can bear eating crow. I doubt it though….

  103. Jeff P says:

    And of course, ‘Lazy Out-the-door’ or whatever it is they call him.

  104. Nic D "the TX 2 Stepper" says:


    So TRUE!

  105. b says:

    Owned by both Bradley and Ives… ouch.

  106. Matt says:

    Actually no i wont be eating crow ever about Bradley, The simple fact of the matter is he has had 1 good game for every five from the very second he put on the US nats Jersey. The same for Dempsey, i will not agree with any of the hype either one of these players show until they show consistency, Dempsey for YEARS has been playing better for his club than the nats. Bradley had a good game yes, but it was against a very weak midfield, we’ll see if he really deserves the praise against Brazil

  107. Matt says:

    also @ ives, notice how i didnt comment on anything during the Italy? Hold your breathe for this one because i might be shocker, maybe not all of us think your website warrents reading every single game and every single day? Especially when i come on here and see articles about how trash like Marquez is “finally having fun on the pitch”.

    Well big woopdy doo, some readers do have lives outside of soccer and cant always read a random blog, your website isnt #1 on my priority list

  108. Shaggy says:

    That’s JK’s plan so you can’t tell we have 9 defenders on the field. :)