Landon Donovan has hat trick as U.S. men rout Scotland | Soccer
Landon Donovan returned to the U.S. national team after an eight-month absence and scored his first international hat trick in five years, leading the Americans over Scotland 5-1 in an exhibition match before a crowd of 44,438 in Jacksonville, Fla.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Landon Donovan returned to the U.S. national team after an eight-month absence and scored his first international hat trick in five years, leading the Americans over Scotland 5-1 in an exhibition match before a crowd of 44,438 Saturday night.
Donovan beat goalkeeper Allan McGregor on the rebound of his own shot in the third minute, then added goals in the 60th minute from a Jermaine Jones assist and in the 65th off a Michael Bradley feed. Donovan raised his career total to 49 goals with his third international hat trick and made a U.S.-record 125th international start, one more than defender Jeff Agoos had from 1988 to 2003.
Donovan scored four goals against Cuba in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in July 2003 and had three against El Salvador in a March 2007 exhibition.
Bradley and Jones had the other U.S. goals.
Scotland scored in the 15th minute when American defender Geoff Cameron chested the ball past Tim Howard for an own goal.
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