United States to test their mettle against Scotland after World Cup qualification
United States national team has been setup for a friendly with Scotland in Glasgow in preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The match is scheduled for Hampden Park on November 15.
The Yanks have been in impressive form at the World Cup qualifying stages having defeated big teams and thrashed mediocre opposition. United States picked up a memorable 2-0 win against Mexico at Columbus, Ohio on September 10.
Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup came to a premature end earlier this month, following their abysmal run in the qualifying stages of the coveted tournament. Meanwhile, United States confirmed their seat in the tournament with another routine victory.
United States qualified for their seventh straight appearance in the World Cup with impressive results over big teams. Due to their impressive form, the stars and stripes improved in the FIFA rankings from 17th to 13th as of 12 September.
Apart from picking up wins over Belize, Cuba and El Salvador at the Gold Cup, United States defeated Belgium 4-2, Germany 4-3 and ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3. United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann admits he is ecstatically exuberant over his team’s achievements.
Klinsmann claims his team is excited to play against Scotland, a team with plenty of “tradition and history in football”.
“The game against Scotland is crucial for us because we have so few games between now and when we name the roster for the FIFA World Cup,” Klinsmann said. “It's a huge opportunity for the players, and we are excited to play against a team and in a venue that has so much tradition and history in football.”
Klinsmann attacking approach, rather than the defensive or tiki-taka tactics have been the secret to United States attack. Under the German boss’ guidance United States shots per game has increased from 7.9 to 15.3.
Klinsmann believes it’s time to face the music and bring the heat to their opponents. The Yanks have so far been able to meet this philosophy with impressive results, but meeting a seasoned team like Scotland will surely test their abilities.
Meanwhile, The Scottish Football Association also has plans to play on the American turf. A spokesman from the SFA has confirmed that the football body will reveal schedule for another game on November 19.