November 12, 2005

Scotland hold US to draw on the pitch

By Kenny MacDonald

GLASGOW (Reuters) - The United States were held to a 1-1
draw by Scotland in a friendly at Hampden Park on Saturday
after taking an early lead through a Josh Wolff penalty.

The Americans, who have qualified for the World Cup finals
for the fifth successive tournament, were pegged back by an
Andy Webster equaliser after 37 minutes and there was no
further scoring in the second half.

Wolff put his side ahead after Scottish captain Christian
Dailly pulled down striker DaMarcus Beasley and the American
striker slotted a low shot into the bottom left hand corner of
the net having sent Scotland keeper Craig Gordon the wrong way.

Scotland, who failed to qualify for the finals, leveled
eight minutes before halftime with their first attempt on
target as Southampton's Neil McCann picked out Andy Webster
with a cross.

The Hearts defender guided a header from 12 metres beyond
keeper Kasey Keller, of Borussia Munchengladbach, into the
right side of the net for his first goal for his country.

However, the second half nosedived as a spectacle with a
flurry of substitutions and only livened up in the closing
stages when both sides came close with chances from substitute
Gary Caldwell for Scotland and American Jonathan Spector who
saw his shot parried by Gordon after 87 minutes.