After the United States National Team’s epic victory over Mexico last night and the confirmation an hour or so later that they were going to Brazil next summer it was time to start thinking about setting up some friendlies to keep the team sharp in the meantime. Guess what?
The USMNT will travel to Scotland on one of the two international dates in November to take on Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow- WOOOOO!
You may remember that last year Scotland traveled to Florida to play the USMNT and, to put it politely, got mugged. The Scots will no doubt be looking for a little payback for that 5-1 spanking when the US travels to the Mount Florida (see what I did tehre?) section of Glasgow this fall.
The USMNT has only traveled to Scotland twice before. The first time was in 1952 when the football fortunes of both countries were a bit different: a brace from Ian McMillian (his only two goals in six Scotland appearances) and a hat trick from Lawrie Reilly (check on his scoring prowess for both club and country) were part of a 6-0 beating put on the visiting Americans.
It would be more than half a century before the two nations met in Glasgow and things would go better for the Americans- well, a little better. In November 2005 the two countries played to a 1-1 draw with Scotland’s goal coming from Andy Webster (currently with Coventry City) and the recently retired Josh Wolff.
As always I will be rooting for a pulsating “score draw,” 2-2 would be perfect.
p.s.: Even on television the atmosphere at Crew Stadium in Columbus felt electric. We should play there as often as we possibly can- summer, winter, rain, snow, whatever. If somebody wants to anoint it our “national stadium” I’m down with that!