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Scotland make their point against the United States

Scotland restored some dignity against the United States after their friendly at Hampden ended in a goalless draw.

The last meeting between the two nations saw the Scots endure a humiliating 5-1 defeat in Florida in May 2012, when Craig Levein was still at the helm.

This clash was billed as 'redemption' by the Scotland camp in the build-up and they ensured the feel-good factor and momentum from recent displays and results under Gordon Strachan continued.

Gordon Greer – at the age of 32 – was handed his Scotland debut, while his Brighton team-mate Craig Conway was drafted into the side to earn his sixth cap and his first at Hampden.

Steven Fletcher was tasked with leading the line, as he made his first appearance for the national team since March after recovering from injury.

The Sunderland forward tried his luck early on with a shot from distance that failed to trouble Tim Howard in the United States goal.

The best chance so far came 10 minutes before the break when Robert Snodgrass slipped a pass through to Fletcher, who teed up the shot for Conway to strike.

He raced into the box from the left and should have opened the scoring but managed to rifle past the upright instead.

Altidore tested David Marshall shortly after the restart with an angled drive that was comfortably blocked by the Scotland goalkeeper, who was again deputising for the injured Allan McGregor.

At the other end, Conway was brought down by Brad Evans and Bannan played the free-kick square to Mulgrew but his shot was held by Howard.

Aron Johannsson passed up a late chance when he met Brek Shea's cutback and sent his effort flashing across goal and wide as the match ended all square.

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