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USA Vs. Scotland: Landon Donovan Hat Trick Leads The Americans To 5-1 Win

Suffice to say, the Jürgen Klinsmann era is headed in a better direction these days. After starting 1-5 as the U.S. men's national team's coach, the ex-German footballer has led the Americans to five straight victories since -- capped off by Saturday night's 5-1 win over Scotland in a "friendly" match at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.

The U.S. got off to a quick start -- thanks in large part to midfielder Landon Donovan -- and built an early 2-0 lead after goals from Donovan and Michael Bradley within the first 15 minutes of the contest. Though it'd surrender an own goal minutes later, Donovan would tack on two more goals, along with one from Jermaine Jones to build an insurmountable four-goal advantage.

Thus far, the Americans are 4-0 under Klinsmann in 2012.

Saturday's match marked the first of five games over an 18-day stretch through June 12. The four remaining matches include two World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala.

For more on tonight's friendly in Jacksonville between the U.S. men's national soccer team and Scotland, be sure to check back on this StoryStream for updates. For more on the USMNT, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay, or check out SB Nation's soccer hub.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.