The US Men’s National Team beat Scotland 5-1 Saturday night in Jacksonville, FL in preparation for the upcoming US qualifiers.
As the US dawned their new sailor outfits, Landon Donovan must have eaten his spinach before the match because he ended up scoring three quality goals. Michael Bradley scored a beautiful half-volley and Jermaine Jones finished the Scots off in the dying minutes of the game.
The US was so hot, they even scored for the Scots, with an own goal from Geoff Cameron early in the game.
It took about 15 minutes for Scotland to come close to the US goal, and in that time two goals were conceded until the Cameron own goal.
In the early parts, Torres looked plucky in his semi-wide role in the 4-3-3 set up for Klinsmann and constantly pestered the Scottish players. As the game progressed, Torres began moving centrally trying to initiate more offense and do what he’s good at doing.
Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu deputized the midfield for the yanks as they are all, essentially, the same player. That is to say, they each bring similar qualities and have a similar style of play. Of the three, however, I feel more comfortable with Jermaine Jones going forward if Torres isn’t going to feature for them as the offensive engine in the middle.
Edu was in particularly good form, defensively, as he absolutely demolished everything that came near him.
Terrance Boyd was an interesting choice up front and he continues to make a case for his inclusion to the starting eleven. He continually worked well with the midfield, finding open spaces to provide an outlet and he was constantly busy.
The rest of the squad had a solid performance but there were no real stand-out players. It seemed that the team really worked as a unit and the only real setback was the own goal.
Scotland stayed back for the most part, letting the US play and let in three goals before gathering momentum enough to go forward. The yanks constantly pinned them back with some of the best transition play I have seen this country play. It is increasingly apparent, that this squad has the ability to move forward as a unit with quick passes making it difficult for defenses to track their movement.
This could prove critical when facing CONCACAF opponents during qualifying.
Clearly, they were rested and well prepared for Scotland. Next, is Brazil.