Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Landon Donovan scored a hat trick and also
assisted on a goal as the United States men's national team hammered Scotland,
5-1, on Saturday in a friendly at EverBank Field.
Donovan marked his return from an almost nine-month international absence with
the opening goal less than three minutes into the game, and added back-to-back
goals in a five-minute stretch of the second half.
Michael Bradley - who scored off a wonderful 30-yard shot - and Jermaine Jones
added the other goals, but it was Donovan's day as the Americans started their
preparations for 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Donovan converted his first goal off his own rebound, as he lifted a shot into
the roof of the net from the right side of the box in the early stages.
Bradley followed with a spectacular goal as he ran onto a drop pass from Jones
and drove a half-volley from well outside the area into the upper-right corner
in the 11th minute.
Scotland pulled a goal back in the 15th on an own goal from Geoff Cameron, but
the United States quickly moved on from the mistake and Donovan put the match
away early in the second half.
After shooting off the post in the 50th minute, Donovan bagged his second goal
when Jones cut a pass back into the box and he finished with a first-time shot
to the lower-left corner.
Donovan was put through by Bradley five minutes later, and he again converted
from the right side of the area with a finish to the far post to complete his
hat trick and raise his own American scoring record to 49 goals.
Jones capped the lopsided win in the 70th minute when he turned a short cross
from Donovan inside the right post with a header from 12 yards.
The United States defeated Scotland for just the second time in seven all-time
meetings, and will continue its World Cup preparations Wednesday in a friendly
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