The United States beat Ecuador 2-1 in their quarter-final clash of the Copa America Centenario at Seattle to reach the last four of the tournament. Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes netted for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side before Ecuador’s late fightback following Michael Arroyo’s goal failed to materialise.
The USA arrived in Seattle with a slight psychological advantage over Ecuador, having beaten them 1-0 in a friendly in Dallas a few weeks ago. But they were without their first-choice right back DeAndre Yedlin-suspended after picking up a red card in their last match, against Paraguay. Jurgen Klinsmann decided to play Matt Besler at left-back and moved Fabian Johnson to the right. Ecuador
The teams seemed evenly matched in the initial stages, with the
The second-half began with both sides unchanged, and Ecuador equalized almost immediately through Valencia. The Manchester United winger tried to head the ball into the goal from a chipped
The match was far from
They will now await the winner of the quarter-final between Argentina and Venezuela to meet them in Houston. Unfortunately, they will be without Bedoya, Jones and Wood with all of them suspended.
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