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Scotland vs. USA: Final score 0-0, Nothing happened at Hampden Park

The U.S. and Scotland did little to elicit cheers at Hampden Park.

Mark Runnacles

The United States and Scotland played for 90 minutes at Hampden Park, and that's about all that could be said about the two teams. Both sides were sloppy and sluggish, boring the tens of thousands of empty seats at the famed stadium in a scoreless draw.

There was nothing to speak of in the first half. To call what they played soccer would be overly generous. The goalkeepers and forwards could have taken a nap and no one would have noticed. It wasn't too much of a surprise that both teams struggled on the day considering the U.S. were without Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi and Scotland is not very good, but it was still a disappointing showing.

The second half was much better, as the Americans at least mounted a couple threats. But while the match turned for them, the scoreboard didn't. Jozy Altidore nearly scored, as did Aron Johannsson, and Scotland were repeatedly forced into panic clearances out of their own box. But it still wasn't beautiful soccer, nor was it overly effective soccer. In fact, it might not have been soccer altogether.

If anyone was going to win the match, it was going to be the U.S., but a draw is a perfectly fair result. Now the U.S. moves on to Tuesday, when they will play at Austria as their prepartations for the World Cup continue.

United States: Howard, Evans (Lichaj 72'), Gonzalez, Cameron, Beasley. Bradley, Jones (Diskerud 61'), Bedoya (Wondolowski 81'), Kljestan (Johannsson 63'), Johnson (Shea 62'), Altidore (Boyd 90').

Scotland: Marshall, Hutton, Whittaker (Wallace 69'), Hanley, Greer, Bannan (Naismith 81'), Mulgrew, Brown, Snodgrass (McCormack 69), Conway (Mackay-Steven 84'), Fletcher.

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