Scotland vs. USA: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistNovember 15, 2013

Sometimes, a scoreline does not represent the play on the pitch, but that was certainly not the case in Glasgow on Friday night. 

The United States and Scotland played a far-from-entertaining 90 minutes at Hampden Park in an international friendly. 

The first half of the match between the two sides, who met back on May 26, 2012 in a six-goal affair, did not offer a single shot on goal. 

Scotland offered a few half-decent attempts on the American goal as the combination of Steven Fletcher and Robert Snodgrass bolstered their chances of getting one by United States keeper Tim Howard.

Jurgen Klinsmann's United States side did not offer much in their attacking half of the pitch, either, as they relied too much on Michael Bradley to become the crux of their attack.

Bradley, who missed the previous four United States games with an ankle injury, started in his normal defensive-midfield position, but he could not deliver any moments of brilliance like he did the last time that the two squads met. 

The second half began in a different manner as both sides started with urgency and kept each goalkeeper on his toes.

The best chance of the final stanza came from Scotland's Robert Snodgrass in the 53rd minute as his free kick forced Howard into a sprawling save to deny the shot from finding the top-left corner of the net. 

Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson almost combined for a goal in the 83rd minute, but both of them were denied by the Scottish duo of keeper David Marshall and defender Grant Hanley. 

Johannsson almost struck two minutes later after he received a pass from Brek Shea, but his shot flew off to the right of the Scotland goal. 

Despite being on their heels for the final 10 minutes, the hosts held on to end the match in a scoreless deadlock.


Key Player Ratings

Michael Bradley, USA: B-

Bradley's return was heralded by many American fans, but his teammates' heavy reliance on him in the first half cost the Yanks any quality chances. 

Instead of marching forward from his defensive-midfield position, like many fans are used to seeing, the Roma midfielder remained in front of the back four due to the offensive substitutions that Klinsmann made as the second half progressed.


Robert Snodgrass, Scotland: B

Snodgrass was a vital part of the Scottish attack before he exited the game in favor of Ross McCormack in the 69th minute.

The Norwich City midfielder combined well with Fletcher in the first half, and when he got the opportunity to strike a set piece or two close to goal, he challenged Howard.

His superb effort on a free kick in the 53rd minute forced Howard into action and was the best scoring opportunity for the Scots on Friday night.


Tim Howard, USA: B

As mentioned above, Howard stonewalled the free kick by Snodgrass, which was his defining moment of the match. 

Despite keeping a clean sheet, Howard was unable to tie Kasey Keller's win record of 53, a record that he could very well match on Tuesday against Austria in Vienna.


Team Grades

Grades for United States Players
Tim HowardB
Brad EvansC
Omar GonzalezC+
Geoff CameronC+
DaMarcus BeasleyC
Michael BradleyB-
Jermaine JonesC+
Alejandro BedoyaB-
Sacha KljestanB-
Eddie JohnsonC
Jozy AltidoreB
Brek SheaB-
Mix DiskerudC
Aron JohannssonB
Eric LichajC
Chris WondolowskiN/A
Terrence BoydN/A
Lineup via @ussoccer


Grades for Scotland Players
David MarshallB
Alan HuttonC
Steven WhittakerC
Gordon GreerB-
Grant HanleyB
Barry BannanB-
Charlie MulgrewB+
Robert SnodgrassB
Scott BrownC+
Steven FletcherB
Craig ConwayB
Ross McCormackC
Lee WallaceC
Steven NaismithN/A
Gary Mackay-StevenN/A
Lineup via @scottishfa


Post-Match Reaction

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan told BBC Radio Scotland:

It reaffirmed what I think, which is fine.

We have just one or two things to work on. Our first pass, or second-to-last pass...we have to be passing through people.

That is something we need to have a look at.


What's Next

The United States will visit Vienna to take on Austria on Tuesday, while Scotland will be at Norway's Ullevaal Stadion on the same date. 


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