USA vs. Scotland: SBI Live Commentary



The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Scotland today in Glasgow in their next-to-last match of the year (3 p.m., ESPN2).

The U.S. team is without Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan for today’s match, but that will open the door for Sacha Kljestan and Alejandro Bedoya to earn starts in the 4-2-3-1 formation Klinsmann will deploy today.

SBI will be providing love commentary on tonight’s match so please feel free to follow along with the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):

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104 Responses to USA vs. Scotland: SBI Live Commentary

  1. AC says:

    Never have been a fan of Johnson on the left. JUST BECAUSE he’s played there before does not mean he’s good there. He was put there because of his speed, but he’s not a true winger who will pass the ball in.

  2. beto says:

    USA moving the ball around well..

    USA fans are just as loud as the home team’s!

  3. Pace says:

    Seems like ej has moved up front and sacha has gone out wide.

  4. Ben says:

    Kljestan has been ho hum, along with Bedoya, who still cannot make a forward pass. But, to be fair, no one looks particularly good, outside of maybe Bradley.

    • Hogatroge says:

      Kljestan’s touches have looked good. The problem is… he had about 3 in the whole first half. He’s set up decent balls around the box, but only when the rest of the team manages to get the ball that high.

    • Acebojangles says:

      I thought Kljestan put in one of the best shifts of the first half.

  5. Pace says:

    Ridiculousness by Bedoya. Good play from sacha as well

  6. Chad says:

    EJ looks horrible

  7. ThatKidNandez says:

    Wow evans is looks like Hagis out there smh.

  8. beachbum says:

    Looks like both tesms playing in mud…neither side willing to press making possession easier to keep but more difficult to create chances. Gonzo good so far cleaning up the D area, 42nd minute

  9. Charlie says:

    Altidore is so bad.

  10. Joe says:

    Its a good thing no one is watching this game. Not the best advert for the beautiful game. Both midfield’s are disjointed, the forward lines are slow to discover space, and the Scottish finishing is embarrassingly bad. All in all an ugly 90 minutes

    • Hogatroge says:

      90 minutes? It’s halftime.

      Or, do you have a time machine and you’re telling us the 2nd half isn’t worth watching?

      • SBI TroII says:

        Seems he was right…

      • Joe says:

        I guess you could call watching these USMNT cash grab friendlies on FIFA international dates that mean nothing for a long time a “time machine.” They’re obnoxious. Let the players rest.

  11. Bean says:

    This match needs more Bacon.

  12. Joe says:

    This USA back four would be one of the worst in Brazil. JK needs to figure it out quickly.

    • John says:

      Omar has been fine, Cameron not so much, I dont know what he was thinking going for that one, maybe he just been playing right back so much

      • Joe says:

        Omar is the best of this bunch, but his performance drops off when he’s not paired with Besler. Evans and Beasley are shaky and while they have performed admirably over the last year, they have barely done the job against a class of teams below the level they will see in Brazil.

    • Hogatroge says:

      Surprisingly Cameron’s been off on almost every tough. Aside for letting Fletcher in once while ball watching, Gonzalez has been decent.

      Evans has proven that his good form in mid summer was a flash in the pan, and that his out-of-placedness from the last several WCQ matches is more the norm.

    • Chad says:

      doubt that, but Evans shuld play CB & Cameron they do in ther clubs. Evans too slow for RB.

  13. Mike B says:

    Does any one want to pass the ball forward?

  14. Ben says:

    Well, if the point of certain position is to provide an attack, passing, and danger, then Altidore, Kljestan, Bedoya, and EJ did not look good, outside of two, maybe three moments. However, if running and covering ground are a top qualities, then Kljestan and Bedoya were alright.

  15. byob el paso tx says:

    Klinsi needs to decide, do i take new young blood to brazil or take experience players who dont have nothing new to showcase but just play for pride and age.
    Per se, dempsey is not going to get better, same with donovan and altidore. Altidore might get better in the EPL, but his team totally sucks. As for EJ, he is a mysterious player.
    Like I said before, klinsi can make history with the depth in the team, but he also f*ck up in a heart beat, due to lack of chemistry and hot heads.
    Imagine donovan, dempsey, altidore with johanson, diskereud and boyd, what an awkward trip, since they know they wont play together again in a world cup.
    So is it world cup history or fail……….its in your hands klinsi.

    • byob el paso tx says:

      i meant to say, he can also f*ck up in a heart beat…………

    • slowleftarm says:

      As usual – total nonsense. JK takes the best team in 2014 to Brazil, the WC isn’t about planning for the future or worrying about potential.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        you could try reading without bias. he didn’t say anything about ‘planning for the future or worrying about potential’. i gathered he was more talking about taking guys who don’t have the international experience, but instead have something to prove.

  16. TDO says:

    Whitecaps’ Kenny Miller on at halftime on Sky. Unfortunately, I cannot understand a word he is saying. Something about Snodgrass and Fletch. Any interpreters out there?

  17. John says:

    You just feel like Evans is going to give a PK at some point trying to recover

  18. beachbum says:

    USA comes out high pressing to start 2nd half

  19. ChiPersianFlip says:

    Evans is so average in International play

  20. ThatKidNandez says:

    Bedoya should go to England he was good for Birmingham

  21. Bac says:

    Evans. Slow. Not very good.
    Experiment over please.

  22. AC says:

    Sometimes it seems like a high school game where the “seniors” get automatic playing time. EJ is a decent forward but played out position on the left.

  23. Chad says:

    Can Sacha actually run forward with the ball? Why is JK starting him so high on the pitch?

  24. ChiPersianFlip says:

    To those who think Jozy is not suffering due to Sunderland, look at his lack of precision.

    • beachbum says:

      Biggest issue for him tonight just like at Sunderland…very little opportunities imo

    • usaalltheway says:

      You are absolutely correct. He plays well for them but it’s clear it has affected his mental game greatly. Jozy is a great player but his game is too dominated by his mind. Lack of mental control, IMO, seems to be his biggest weakness.

      Sunderland is a garage team. They are miserable to watch and they it’s clear they don’t value Jozy has much as the should IMO. He is great but doesn’t do well on his own.

      Jozy just needs to step it up and get a goal, no matter what it takes. He needs it.

  25. ThatKidNandez says:

    Agudelo is the closest thing we have to a Neymar. ICEMAN is our Gareth Bale

  26. Ben says:

    bedoya canot make a diagonal pass foward; its rather astounding.

  27. ThatKidNandez says:

    Nice hair Lichaj

  28. Ben says:

    Lichaj as Mr. T.

  29. Riggity says:

    Annnd Lichaj has the same barber as Shea…

  30. beto says:

    okay now i know why Jurgen has been so reluctant to call in Lichaj… what is that thing growing on his head…

  31. Ali Dia says:

    Bonus points if Lichaj responded to the call-up with a “You talkin’ to me?”

  32. Pete says:

    What are people’s expectations for the World Cup?

  33. ThatKidNandez says:

    I think Mix thinks we’re wearing the blue jerseys

  34. Benny says:

    WONDO in !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Joe says:

    How many bore draws in the Klinsi era?

  36. Acebojangles says:

    USA going to take the Haggis cup on aggregate.

  37. Wonderloaf says:


  38. Jorge says:

    I never want to see Eddie Johnson play again for the US. Johansson should be starting all the time.

  39. Ben says:

    Well, if AJ doesn’t become a starter, and very soon, I don’t know what JK is thinking.

    • Dman says:

      Kevin Bacon is clearly our most dangerous player.

      Strange how all of a sudden we had about 10 chances after AJ was brought in, and about 1/3 that many chances the rest of the game. We have solid players, but we need dynamic players like AJ…….

  40. Wonderloaf says:

    We lost the game because Wondolowski did not start.

  41. Duke says:


    The part that upsets me though is that JK will most likely NOT sit people that had bad a bad game and reward those that did.

  42. Neruda says:

    Yanks didn’t seem that eager to bag a goal until the first trio of subs came on. Shea can bring it if he has time and space on the wing. He also defended well. Overall the US conceded way to much space to a dull Scottish side.

    • John says:

      Everyone kept going on about why is Shea in this team, but if the options are Shea or putting EJ out there, I’d take Shea.

      • Dman says:

        Shea seem to be the only player in a USA jersey who can actually outrun an opponent. I thought it was a fluke the other times i saw him do it, because he is not that fluid or athletic, but he is The ONLY guy we have that EVER gets around a defender on the wing.

  43. AC says:

    Well, glad I checked on the game so I don’t have to waste 2 hours with the DVR version later. Fact of the matter, this wasn’t a full group, it’s in November and so not as important as much as JK is trying to make it be, save for a few guys trying to make the fringes. Now that isn’t an excuse for guys to not play as well. Let’s see what happens with Austria. I’m sure some of the usual guys are already looking at next summer, 7 MONTHS AWAY, as a World Cup failure, due to one friendly in Scotland.

  44. usaalltheway says:

    The team is looking poor. I worry about the World cup.

    Is anyone else totally sick of watching the ball being passed BACKWARDS???? I swear, Beasley passed the ball back to Howard so many times it was infuriating to the point of blood pressure increases. One thing we can all agree on about Shea is he doesn’t do that. He attacks and attacks and is sharp at it. In fact, he had quite a good game IMHO.

    Jozy was miserable. Although he plays well for Sunderland, the lack of goals and playing time is affecting him. He needs to step it up at the club level to get his mind clearer.

    And what can we say about the Iceman?? If I were from Iceland I would be PISSED. He is pure class. He smothers defenders and wins the ball. He attacks and is sharp. He was very dangerous and was very unlucky to have not scored. All in all, I would like to see him start more often.

    Glad to see Lichaj back. I would like to see the Brad Evans experiment come to it’s end already.

    I am not happy with the overall picture. My prediction for the team at the World Cup; zero wins, zero goals.

    • J says:

      Yes I think we set a record for back passes with no pressure. Seriously, what’s the point of playing conservative against a lower tier side in a friendly??

  45. J says:

    What a waste of time and money, there was nothing learned in this game other than most of these guys mailed it in and Bradley may have played the worst game in US jersey. I hope he has more than that in his bag.

  46. John says:

    My take aways from the match-
    EJ isn’t a left winger,
    Both full back spots are still up for grabs
    Three central midfielders doesn’t work
    Cameron probably isn’t a centerback unless he gets more time there for his club
    Whats the point of giving Boyd 2 minutes?
    So pretty much nothing we didn’t know going into this

    • Nihal says:


    • usaalltheway says:

      I would add that Shea is very much still in the picture, based on his performance. He was one of the better players for the USA today. He MOVES FORWARD and attacks! The team needs more of that.

      Also, the Iceman is the real deal. Seriously, how amazing is he?? I can’t see him staying in Holland after this the World Cup. He is much too good.

      • Dman says:

        Also Scotland is much improved. they lost their WC bid with a different team than they brought today.

        It didn’t seem like we get much help from the ref today, whenever we touched them they dropped to the turf like they just took a sniper round. and constantly got the call. However we got almost no calls as they slashed us consistently.

  47. Nihal says:

    Unimpressed and depressed.

  48. MikeG says:

    Not taking anything from this game. Same ol trying to put circles into square holes. I did see more compact movement. That was promising to see. We saw more of it in the second half. Also, we play better with two forwards, but Klinnsman is too stubborn. Same ol same ol blah blah blah. Tired of repeating myself on would imagine the players and coaches would be tired of repeating what they do..blah blah blah..nothing to take from this game except better more compact movement by the midfield and forwards.

  49. Rogdog says:

    That is the worst game I have seen the U.S. play under Klinsman. Why Does Jones continue to get starts. He is consistenly giving the ball away. Aron and Mix deserve to start the next game.

  50. John says:

    Also was Wondoloski playing on the right wing? I couldn’t really figure out what was going on at the end there.

  51. Nihal says:

    I want to see:





  52. Jim says:

    Does anyone else think that Lichaj looked substantially better than Brad Evans? I really hope he gets more call ins, guy deserves a chance. As usual EJ looked stupid, at best he’s a super sub and Bacon looked really good in my opinion. He was unlucky not to have scored. I also really hope they give Boyd and especially Brooks a look as I really don’t think Omar Gonzalez is the answer, didn’t look awful tonight but I think Brooks has a much much higher upside. Can someone explain to me why Wondolowski was even on this roster. We know exactly what he gives us, which is nothing but a pure goal scorer and he’s 30 so he’s not getting any better. I’m really torn about Brek Shea, I can see why JK likes him as he seems to be the only midfielder that can beat someone 1 v 1 on our team (bar maybe Donovan and AJ) but without consistent club time it really isn’t gonna matter. Great athletic talent but not as much in the soccer department.

    Also really hoping that people like Yedlin, Gil and Agudelo get some looks after the world cup. Our 2018 team seems to have a LOT of potential.

    • shawn wallace says:

      1. no they didnt attack lichaj as much as evans, and evans did well besides 1 mistake
      2. Gonzo has played very good without game breaking mistakes these past 3 games
      3. Shea your just about right, but i think he has good first touch and can pass when he doesnt seem to be heavy footed.

    • usaalltheway says:

      Lichaj is a natural wingback. He plays well on both the right and left. Considering the current situation of those positions, it has been absolutely unacceptable for him to be left out of the picture. He isn’t Marcelo but he is what he need, desperately. Not to mention his heart is totally in it for US, which cannot be said of Chandler who would be our second best option in that role.

      Someone else posted on this site, on another page, that the USNMT’s ungluing at the World Cup will be using Beasley and Evans as our backs and he was absolutely correct. World class wingers and strikers will put those guys to shame and it won’t end well for the team. However, I don’t in any way mean to diminish their service, talents and roles they both have played, especially Evans. I won’t forget how he pulled the team back from losing at Jamaica. Ever.

      That being said, if I had JK’s ear, I would be screaming in it about the backs. Fabian J. and Lichaj should be the starters in those positions with Cameron and Castillo as subs.

      Brek Shea was one of the best players on the pitch today IMHO. He was sharp and attack and moved forward. The team needs that edge. He serves that super sub role to a T. He did it twice against Mexico and showed that he is capable of doing it again. In fact, he should have had an assist today off that beautiful run down the left flak, but Iceman just missed (not much he could have done about that). Also, Brek is FAST. I don’t know if you guys notice it but he has got to be one of the fastest guys on the team. He has the ability to beat people one on one most of the time. As well, his crosses are pretty decent. All that considering he basically isn’t playing speaks well of him as a player. He needs to get out of loan ASAP even if it’s to a lower level second division team in another league.

      Jozy was awful, which is sad to say. The Iceman is the real deal. He must start, even if Jozy loses his spot. His natural talent, attacking aplomb and ability to harass defenders when he either doesn’t have the ball or loses it is something the USMNT has missed since the days of Charlie Davis. He almost scored after being on for only ten minutes or so. Jozy, pay attention. You need that tenacity at the club level if you ever plan on scoring.

      All in all, the team was terrible. The World Cup will not go well for us, at all.

      • shawn wallace says:

        wc team (assuming current form)