Scouting Report: Scotland prepares for first Women's World Cup appearance

The USA looks to close out an undefeated season when it plays Scotland in a women's friendly on Tuesday at Paisley's Simple Digital Arena, the 8,000-seat home of Scottish Premier League club St. Mirren.

The USA enters the game with a 17-0-2 record in 2018 -- 10-0-2 against teams that will be playing in France next summer at the Women's World Cup. Scotland will be the 11th World Cup-bound team it has faced this year.

Scotland qualified for the first time when it won its group in UEFA qualifying by edging Switzerland on the final day of play when it beat Albania, 2-1, and the Swiss could only tie Poland, 0-0.

U.S. connection. The only player on the Scottish roster who plays in the United States is Rachel Corsie, currently on loan from the Utah Royals to Canberra United in Australia's W-League.

Little out. The Scottish star is 28-year-old Kim Little, who spent three years with the Seattle Reign, leading the NWSL in scoring in 2014. She suffered a broken leg on a tackle by Chelsea's Drew Spence while playing for Arsenal in October and will be out of action until January. Also out for Tuesday's friendly are Arsenal teammates Emma Mitchell and Lisa Evans and Reading's Sophie Howard.

WSL nucleus. Most of Coach Shelley Kerr's players play for English teams in the Women's Super League. They include three starters on defending champion Manchester City: Jenny Beattie, Caroline Weir and Claire Emslie.

USA-Scotland Series. The USA has won all three meetings with Scotland: 8-2 in 2002 and 4-1 and 3-1 in 2013. Its only trip to Scotland came in 2012 when it played and beat France and Colombia in the first two games of the London Olympics women's soccer competition.

Scotland Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lee Alexander (Glasgow City), Jenna Fife (Hibernian), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo GIK, SWE)
DEFENDERS (7): Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City, ENG), Jenny Beattie (Manchester City, ENG), Frankie Brown (Bristol City, ENG), Rachel Corsie (Canberra United, AUS), Nicola Docherty (Glasgow City), Joelle Murray (Hibernian), Kirsty Smith (Manchester United, ENG)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lizzie Arnot (Manchester United, ENG), Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Jo Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Liverpool, ENG), Caroline Weir (Manchester City, ENG)
FORWARDS (7): Fiona Brown (FC Rosengard, SWE), Lana Clelland (Fiorentina, ITA), Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea, ENG), Claire Emslie (Manchester City, ENG), Sam Kerr (Glasgow City), Zoe Ness (Durham United), Jane Ross (West Ham United, ENG)

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