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By DAN KARELL
In a game with opportunities few and far between, it was the man between the posts who stepped up to keep the U.S. Men’s National Team in the game.
Though he wasn’t tested much in the scoreless draw with Scotland, USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard played with a veteran’s savvy and poise with every Scotland attack. Howard made the save of the game in the 53rd minute, diving to his left to stop a free kick from Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass. Howard’s save and overall performance was enough to earn him SBI USMNT Man of the Match. The shutout against Scotland was Howard’s fifth of 2013.
Honorable mention for the honors go to DaMarcus Beasley, who made some important tackles as the last man defending, and Aron Johannsson, who nearly scored on two occasions after entering the match in the 62nd minute. Johannsson, who looked very dangerous running at defenders along with fellow substitute Brek Shea, forced a save from Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall in the 83rd minute and two minutes later, flashed a strike just wide of the far post.
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