As part of today’s Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States, we look at some five football connections between Scotland and the USA!

Shaun Maloney

The former Celtic, Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic midfielder is currently at English Championship side Hull City alongside fellow Scots Allan McGregor, Andy Robertson and Robert Snodgrass, but before his move to the Tigers Maloney was previously plying his trade in the MLS with Chicago Fire. The midfielder played just 14 times in a relatively brief spell stateside, scoring three goals.

Claudio Reyna

Claudio Reyna is now the Director of Football at New York City but had a distinguished playing career, with 112 caps for the United States and three FIFA World Cups under his belt. Scottish football fans will know him best for his time with Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, where he played between 1999 and 2001.


Scotland's record against the United States:

30/04/1952 | Scotland 6-0 USA | Hampden Park
17/05/1992 | USA 0-1 Scotland | Denver
25/05/1996 | USA 2-1 Scotland | Connecticut
30/05/1998 | USA 0-0 Scotland | Washington
12/11/2005 | Scotland 1-1 USA | Hampden Park
27/05/2012 | USA 5-1 Scotland | Jacksonville
15/11/2013 | Scotland 0-0 USA | Hampden Park

Kenny Deuchar

Kenny Deuchar made his name at Gretna, where he was a prolific goal-scorer as well as a trained doctor. He continued to work part-time while being an integral part of the Gretna team that climbed through the divisions in Scotland from the Third Division to the SPL.

Deuchar ventured to the United States in 2008 to play for Real Salt Lake, where he scored three goals in 29 games, including a header against David Beckham’s LA Galaxy in Utah.

Da Marcus Beasley

The American winger joined Rangers from PSV Eindhoven in 2007, where he had reached the UEFA Champions League with the Dutch side the season before. Beasley, who has 123 caps for the United States, now plays in the MLS for Houston Dynamo.

Let it Reign!

Scotland internationals Kim Little and Rachel Corsie ply their trade in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) for Seattle Reign, where they have finished first in the regular season in 2014 and 2015.

Little and Corsie are back in Scotland this weekend on international duty, as Scotland face FYR Macedonia in UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 qualifying. The match kicks-off at the Paisley 2021 Stadium (formerly St Mirren Park) on Sunday at 3:05pm, with entry at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.

It’s also 2 FOR 1 with every pre-sale adult ticket purchase, so you can bring a friend or family member along for FREE.