In three previous games against Scotland, the United States had been outscored 11-0.
So while the Americans' 2-1 victory Sunday was only in an exhibition game, it still was satisfying."This was a very significant victory for us," U.S. coach Steve Sampson said. "The game had great meaning for them, heading into the European Championship, and this win showed just how far U.S. soccer has come."
Cobi Jones broke a 1-1 tie on a 30-yard shot with 18 minutes remaining as the U.S. team rallied.
"After four months off, to play this well, has to be very satisfying," Sampson said.
Scotland was playing without top scorer Ally McCoist, and didn't start Gary McAllister, Stuart McCall and John Collins, its usual midfielders. McAllister and Collins came in at the start of the second half.
"It was a poor Scottish performance and we hate to lose," Scotland coach Craig Brown said. "We feel we can compete far better with the U.S. than we did today."
The United States, playing for the first time since Jan. 21, fell behind in the ninth minute. Scott Booth's shot bounced off the right post to Gordon Durie, who put the ball in the open with goalkeeper Juergen Sommer out of position. Durie, playing his first game for Scotland in two years, left at halftime with a neck injury.
Just four minutes after Durie's goal, Eric Wynalda tied the score with a penalty kick, his fifth goal in five games and his 23rd for the United States, the most international goals ever by an American. It came after Derek Whyte tripped Tab Ramos on the right side of the penalty area.
John Harkes set up Jones' goal, beating Stuart McCall in the midfield and placing a cross that Jones one-timed over goalkeeper Jim Leighton, starting his 12th consecutive game for Scotland because of a hip injury to Andy Goram.
"I saw an opening when John made the pass, and I looked up and made the decision to shoot," Jones said. "The shot seemed to dip, and I think it caught the keeper off guard. That's one of the really good ones. I like being given more freedom and having the option to take the shot."
Scotland, which is preparing for next month's European Championship, had outscored the Americans 11-0 in three previous matchups.
The Americans, who start World Cup qualifying this fall, were dominant in the second half, getting four good chances before Jones scored the game-winner.
Wynalda missed a chance seven minutes into the second half. He broke in on the goal but Leighton came off his line to block Wynalda's shot.
Brian McBride replaced Claudio Reyna for the Americans in the 83rd minute and nearly scored on his first touch, putting the ball over the crossbar.
Scotland plays Colombia at Miami in an exhibition game Wednesday, then plays its first European Championship game against the Netherlands on June 10 at Birmingham, England.
"I was trying to give people match practice by making a lot of changes," Brown said, "but overall the team performance was disappointing."
Leighton made his 74th appearance for Scotland. He moved into third on the appearance list behind Kenny Dalglish (102) and Alex McLeish .