Landon Donovan Scores Hat Trick For United States

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 26: Landon Donvoan #10 gets a congratulatory hug from teammate Terrence Boyd #18 after Donovan scored the first goal for Team USA against Team Scotland on May 26, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL. (Photo by Gary Bogdon/Getty Images)

In a friendly tonight as part of the warmup for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in advance of World Cup 2014 in Brazil, Landon Donovan netted a hat trick as the United States defeated Scotland 5-1. Donvan scored once in the first half and twice in the second, stirring the conversation after comments earlier in the week that he may be losing his passion.

"We put on a good performance tonight," Landon Donovan said. "It's been a tough ten days of training...and we wanted to come out and put on a good show...I remember I had a hat trick a few years ago in Florida, and maybe it's a good state for me."

On the first goal, Jermaine Jones found Landon Donovan just in front of the six yard box. Donovan's first attempt was blocked, but the rebound landed at his feet. Donovan smashed the ball high as three Scotland defenders rushed to fill the space. The 3' goal set the pace for the national team.

"Our movement was really good. The three guys in the midfield did a good job of moving and passing the ball quickly. It really made it easy for Jose and myself wide; we had tons of space. Any attacking player gets that kind of space we're going to score eventually."

In the 60', Jones found Donovan in the box once again. Donovan was able to one touch the rolling ball past the keeper. The Bradley-Jones-Donovan connection was on fire. Bradley directly assisted Donovan on his third goal, with a seeing eye ball past his marker and right onto Donovan's foot. Donovan two touched another calm finish.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join LAG Confidential

You must be a member of LAG Confidential to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at LAG Confidential. You should read them.

Join LAG Confidential

You must be a member of LAG Confidential to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at LAG Confidential. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker