October 11, 2011
By Michael Lewis
A FRIENDLY LOSS
Ecuador edges U.S., 1-0
HARRISON, N.J. -- Second-half substitute Jaime Ayovi broke a scoreless tie in the 79th minute to lift Ecuador to a 1-0 victory over the United States in an international friendly at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night.
|Coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have to wait for his second win at the helm of the U.S. National Team after Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador.
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Ayovi beat Red Bulls central defender Tim Ream and headed home a left-wing cross from six yards in front of a mostly partisan crowd of 20,707 Ecuadorean soccer fans.
The loss dropped the U.S. to 1-3-1 under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Ream entered the game for central defender Carlos Bocanegra only eight minutes prior to Ayovi's goal.
Klinsmann will have to wait to get his second victory in charge of the team as the next FIFA international playing dates are set for Nov. 11 and 15.
There are strong rumors that the U.S. will play France on one of those dates. The French clinched a berth in next year's European Championship earlier on Tuesday.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati would not deny or confirm that the U.S. would play France in November, saying that the French result was interesting.
Tuesday night's game might have been in New Jersey, but the atmosphere was strictly Quito. The yellow and blue colors of the visiting side dominated the stands, although Sam's Army and the American Outlaws, two U.S. supporter groups, made more than their share of noise sitting and standing in the South Ward.
While there were no goals in the first half, both teams attacked freely, but could not solve each others' backline except for a few occasions.
Brek Shea had the Americans' first legitimate scoring opportunity in the fifth minute after a quick counterattack, thanks to newcomer Danny Williams, as he forced goalkeeper Maximo Banguera to knock away his 18-yard shot at the left near post for a corner kick.
Clint Dempsey had the U.S.'s next best chance as he fired a 22-yard shot over the crossbar in the 42nd minute.