"I met a man in tartan trews,

I  speir'd at him what was the news."  - Haughs o' Cromdale, Traditional Scottish Ballad.

The news is that the United States, in an international friendly match, defeated Scotland at EverBank Field with a final score of 5-1 and a hat trick in front of a record crowd of 44,438 fans.  The pre-game festivities were as much fun as the one-field play.  Miller on Sports captured the parties and especially the unique attire of the fans on both sides of the match. 

The talk was all about Landon Donovan, who did not permit Scotland to showcase its defense as planned.  Donovan, the legendary U.S. forward, scored three goals and had one assist that contributed to the U.S. men's national team's win over Scotland.  Earning his third career hat trick and second in the state of Florida, Donovan led the team to victory.  It only took the U.S. team three minutes to light up the scoreboard with the first goal and display the team's firepower.  Other superlative fielders were midfielder Jermaine Jones (one goal; 2 assists), and midfielder Michael Bradley (one goal; 1 assist).

Undoubtedly, with the U.S. scoring two goals early in the game, the team set the pace, and after that, it was playing catch-up for Scotland.  U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann commented on the tempo and rhythm that the team was able to provide throughout the game.  An early energetic start and then keeping that pace is what won it for the U.S. team. 

Looking forward to the 2014 World Cup qualifying next month, the U.S. team with its energetic offensive manuervering is looking quite prepared.  It was incredibly noteworthy that the U.S. team was displaying such team effort even without injured Forward Clint Dempsey and Forward Jozy Altidore.     

What's next?  The U.S. will travel to face Brazil in an international friendly match on Wednesday in Landover, Maryland, and then will match up with Canada in Toronto on June 3.  Then, it's off to the World Cup qualifying matches where the U.S. faces Antigua and Barbuda on June 8th in Tampa and then will play Guatemala on June 12th in Guatemala City. 

For the U.S. team, it is all about staying focused and winning each game as they approach the qualifying matches.          

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