Notes on U.S. 5, Scotland 1

May, 26, 2012

The United States began its three-game warm-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Scotland on Saturday night. Landon Donovan grabbed headlines with his third career hat trick -- also the ninth international hat trick by an American with Donovan being the only player with more than one.

Here are five more notes on the rout in Jacksonville ...

• Donovan's third-minute goal was the second-fastest of his 49 international goals. His only quicker strike was also in Florida, a first-minute score in Tampa against Ecuador in 2007, a game in which he also tallied a hat trick. Donovan also made his 125th career start for the United States, breaking Jeff Agoos' American record.

•  Michael Bradley's 11th-minute goal marked the first time the United States scored twice in the first 11 minutes of a game in over a decade. The previous occurrence was the 2002 Gold Cup quarterfinals against El Salvador. Brian McBride scored in the ninth and 11th minutes en route to his only international hat trick.

• The Americans scored five goals in a game for the first time since a 6-1 win over Cuba in 2008. The previous time they scored five goals against a European team was 2006, in a 5-0 friendly win over Norway.

• The United States has now won five consecutive matches since November. The last time the United States had a five-match winning streak was 2008, when the U.S. won its first six matches of World Cup qualifying. The past three wins have come against European teams, the first time the U.S. has done that since a three-game win streak over Switzerland, Sweden and Poland from October 2007 to March 2008.

• The United States completed 84.6 percent of its passes against Scotland (466 out of 551), its highest completion percentage in 11 games under Jurgen Klinsmann. Steve Cherundolo completed 90 percent of his passes (54 of 60), best on the team among those with at least 10 passes.

Paul Carr


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