LEVEIN BEMOANS HEAVY DEFEAT
Manager Craig Levein admitted Scotland looked like a team with nothing to play for as they crashed to a 5-1 defeat to the United States.
The national team boss had high hopes for a positive result heading into the friendly in Jacksonville, despite trailing their hosts by 19 places in the FIFA world rankings.
But he endured major disappointment instead on a hot and humid night in Florida where the Scots never really got going.
Asked for his thoughts on the 90 minutes, Levein said: "I think a brief assessment of the game would be quite difficult.
"It was evident tonight that there was one team out there who were focused and ready to play the game and another one who looked as though they had finished the season and had nothing to play for.
"But I have got to recognise that the USA played extremely well."
The hosts enjoyed a blistering start to the match with two goals in the opening 11 minutes in front of a record crowd of 44,438 for a friendly in the state of Florida.
Star man Landon Donovan opened the scoring after just three minutes, before Michael Bradley grabbed a second.
There was brief hope for the Scots when Geoff Cameron turned a Kenny Miller header into his own net.
But two goals from Donovan after the break allowed him to complete his hat-trick before Jermaine Jones put the gloss on the victory for the United States.
Levein added: "They started the game very quickly and before we knew it, we were two goals down.
"We didn't give ourselves a chance in the match tonight.
"But I've got to recognise that there are two teams and I thought the USA were very good."
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