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Scotland confirm revenge mission against USA

Friday, 13 September 2013


Gordon Strachan’s Scotland National Team will play the United States of America at Hampden Park on Friday, 15th November 2013.

The Vauxhall International Challenge Match will be the last fixture at Scotland’s National Stadium before redevelopment in preparation for Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games next year.

The match provides Scotland with an opportunity to avenge the 5-1 defeat inflicted by Jurgen Klinsmann’s side in Jacksonville, Florida, last year and represents the first stage of preparations for the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying campaign.

After recent FIFA World Cup Qualifying victories against Croatia and Macedonia, Gordon Strachan is looking forward to taking on the USA, who have confirmed their place in the finals in Brazil next year. To complete the 2013 match calendar, the Scottish FA also plans to announce an away International Challenge Match - scheduled for Tuesday, 19th November - in due course..

This will be the seventh time the two teams have met at full international level, with Scotland winning twice (1952 and 1992), USA winning twice (1996 and 2012) and two matches ending in a draw (1998 and 2005).

Gordon Strachan, Scotland National Coach: “I am looking forward to playing the USA at Hampden Park in November. While it would be great to be preparing for the World Cup in Brazil, or taking part in the play-offs, this match will give us another opportunity to maintain the momentum achieved with the results and performances against Croatia and Macedonia.

“I have been greatly encouraged by the improvement shown by the squad in recent months and by the unwavering support of our excellent fans. I am sure both the players and the Scotland supporters will look forward to the opportunity to finish the year positively.”

Jurgen Klinsmann, USA Head Coach: “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. 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.”

 


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