After qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, the United States national team still has plenty of unanswered questions going forward. It is hoping that a friendly against Scotland can help clear some of that up.
The American squad finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying with seven wins in 10 matches in the final round. Add that success to a Gold Cup victory and other international friendlies for the U.S., and it is easy to see why it is one of the hottest teams in the world with 15 wins in its past 16 matches.
Meanwhile, Scotland finished outside of the top two spots in its group and has been eliminated from contention for a trip to Brazil. Still, there is a lot of talent on the roster for the Scots and they are capable of giving opponents quite a challenge.
Even in a friendly, these two sides are capable of providing an entertaining matchup, so follow along in this guide to ensure that you do not miss any of the action.
When: Friday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. ET; 8 p.m. BST
Where: Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Odds (via SkyBet): United States (11-8), Scotland (19-10), Draw (23-10)
Top Storyline: Which U.S. Players Will Earn a Spot on World Cup Roster?
The most beneficial part of the U.S. friendlies against Scotland and Austria is to truly get a sense for who can perform at a high level against good competition. Those are the players who will earn a ticket to Brazil.
While players like Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey will almost certainly be on the first team for the Americans, there are a lot of spots still up for grabs in the coming months. This exhibition will be a great chance for some guys who are on the fence to secure a spot.
Probably the most interesting group to watch in this match will be the midfield. Bradley will finally return to the roster after suffering an ankle injury, but there is plenty of debate over who will join him. Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Sacha Kljestan and Brek Shea are all available and have a chance to play their way onto the roster.
In addition, Aron Johannsson continues to impress since joining the team and could be a secret weapon for the World Cup.
With so much on the line, you can expect those players to be fighting hard. The question is which ones will be able to separate themselves from the pack.
Prediction: United States 2, Scotland 1
Scotland has skillful players on the offensive end, even with a number of injury issues. Sunderland forward Steven Fletcher has been outperforming American Jozy Altidore on its Premier League club, and his talent up front could help the home team get onto the scoresheet.
Additionally, the United States defense is known for making mistakes on the back line that leads to scores. It would not be surprising to see a mental error allow Scotland to get one into the back of the net.
That being said, the Americans have been too good offensively for Scotland to match. Bradley's return provides them with a steady force in the middle of the pitch with the ability to move the ball up to the scorers in good position.
Between Altidore, Johannsson and Eddie Johnson, the attack will be able to get at least a couple of goals and earn a quality victory in the friendly.
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