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United States v Ecuador Live Commentary, 3/21/19

FT
1 - 0
USA
ECU
G. Zardes (81)
Exploria Stadium

Commentary

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The USA play Chile next, while Ecuador travel to face Honduras.
There goes the full-time whistle! The USA were the better side throughout and were at their best in the first half, but Arriola was twice denied a goal, first by the goalkeeper and then by the linesman's flag. However, they made the breakthrough late in a slow second half as Zardes' shot deflected up and over a strangely scrambling Dominguez to hand the hosts the win! It finishes 1-0 to the USA!
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: USA 1-0 ECUADOR
90' + 4' CHANCE! Yedlin plays a wicked, early cross across the penalty box that Dominguez lets run for some reason, before having to dive at the feet of Lewis to prevent him from tapping into an empty net! Another strange moment from the goalkeeper. 
J. Julio
Yellow Card
Ecuador
90' + 3' Julio picks up a booking for a late challenge from behind on Yedlin.
90' + 2' The USA are starting to take a few risks at the back as they play out from the goalkeeper, but they navigate the Ecuadorian press well. 
90' There's plenty of retention without any creativity when Ecuador get the ball. It's all sideways and backwards in their own half, and they've not looked like causing the USA problems all night with their slow, methodical passing. Their only dangerous moments have come from fast breaks. 
88' CHANCE! Ream gifts Campana a golden opportunity by trying to perform a Cruyff turn when under pressure from Valencia, who pokes the ball into the striker's path. The teenager is slow, however, to make the most of his opportunity and the captain for the night recovers to clear. 
85' A pitch invader causes a break in play, and he is eventually dealt with, allowing the game to resume. 
82' There's a brief delay as Brooks goes down with an injury, but he is able to continue after some treatment.
T. Ream
Assist
United States
81' Ream found Zardes after the USA turned the ball over and, with Ecuador caught upfield, the striker had some space to work in and managed to force a mistake from the goalkeeper!
G. Zardes
Goal
United States
81' GOAL!! ZARDES MAKES IT 1-0 TO THE USA! Ream plays the ball into the feet of Zardes in the final third after a turnover in their own half and the striker turns into some rare space and smashes the ball into Arboleda. It deflects up into the air and it drops, somehow, over the stumbling Dominguez and into the back of the net! What a howler from the goalkeeper!
79' Ecuador look very comfortable in their shape, despite the USA stroking the ball around in front of them. There's not enough movement or penetration to get through the deep, low block of yellow shirts. 
J. Lewis
P. Arriola
United States
77' Arriola - who really should have opened the scoring in the first half, is replaced by Lewis.
75' The USA nearly craft a dangerous attack through Lletget, but Ecuador cling on and - once again - repel what the hosts can throw at them.
73' All the changes have disrupted the ryhthm of the game, and the current crop are working hard to generate some momentum again.
J. Julio
R. Ibarra
Ecuador
71' Romario Ibarra is also replaced by Julio for Ecuador as the changes start to flow thick and fast for both sides.
C. Roldan
W. McKennie
United States
71' Roldan now comes on to replace the stricken McKennie - the final member of the USA's starting midfield trio to leave the field. 
70' The USA are still down to 10 men as McKennie has been forced off with what looks like it could be a serious ankle injury. He will be replaced at the next break in play.
D. Yedlin
J. Morris
United States
68' Berhalter persists with the intended change, bringing Morris off for Yedlin, with the Newcastle United right-back coming on as a right-winger. 
66' Play resumes, with Yedlin ready to come on. McKennie was not the player Berhalter intended to come off, but it looks like he will have to be replaced. 
64' McKennie goes down with a grimace after he concedes a foul on Caicedo for a hefty aerial challenge, and there's a break in play as he receives treatment.
S. Lletget
C. Pulisic
United States
62' Pulisic's night is over as the USA's poster boy comes off for Lletget.
61' The USA are camped in the Ecuador half at the moment and Zardes displays excellent hold-up play again to bring Pulisic into the game on the edge of the box, but he loses his balance as he gets into the box and the ball is cleared. 
M. Bradley
W. Trapp
United States
59' Trapp makes way for the experienced Bradley in midfield. 
57' BLOCK! Pulisic feints on the edge of the box and eventually lets fly, but it's deflected behind by Arbodela! 
P. Arriola
Yellow Card
United States
56' Arriola is somewhat harshly penalised for a barge on Orejuela and picks up the first yellow card of the game. 
54' Ecuador much brighter this second half as Valencia skips away from a challenge and plays the ball wide to spark an attack. Much more positive from the visitors.
52' Bradley and Lletget are warming up for the USA in preparation for a change. 
50' Adams playing as an inverted full-back is very much a double-edged sword for the USA. It helps them keep possession by overloading the midfield, but when they lose the ball he is getting caught very high upfield. Long has done an excellent job of covering for him so far, however. 
48' The start of the second half has been a more even affair so far, with Ecuador far more involved.
46' We're back underway for the start of the second half! 
L. Campana
A. Ibarra
Ecuador
46' Renato Ibarra makes way at half-time for teenage striking sensation Campana, pushing Romario Ibarra out to the left wing.
Ecuador have retained the ball well in patches and have occasionally looked threatening on the break, but the USA have dominated proceedings in the first half and will be disappointed not to be going in at half-time with a lead. 
There goes the half-time whistle! The USA have looked bright against a dogged, defensive Ecuador unit, but have failed to open the scoring. They had the ball in the net through Arriola but it was controversially disallowed for offside, and the winger missed an earlier opportunity to put the hosts in front. It's 0-0 at the break. 
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: USA 0-0 ECUADOR
44' Caicedo wins the ball off Morris and skips away from another challenge as he gallops down the field. He goes in for a 50-50 and it seems a hard, but fair, challenge. However, the referee gives the decision the USA's way. 
42' Renato Ibarra drifts and jinks his way into the box down the left, but is crowded out by three USA defenders and eased off it. 
40' Caicedo has gone back down again and the physios are on the pitch to treat him. It looks like he will carry on.
38' Caicedo goes down but his Ecuador team-mates play on. They lose the ball and the left-back is forced back to his feet again in order to help his side defend. He seems okay to continue in the meantime. 
36' MISS! Pulisic can't jump high enough to direct a left-wing cross at goal, and it bounces harmlessly wide for a goal-kick. 
34' Adams, a midfielder by trade, is often drifting into the middle when the USA have possession to provide an extra passing option. It does leave their right flank exposed, however, when the ball is turned over. 
32' MISS! Renato Ibarra feeds the ball into Caicedo, who loses Morris and charges into the box before lashing a fierce effort just over the top of the near post! Ecuador pose a real threat on the break with their pace. 
30' NO GOAL! Morris is played into space on the right and he fizzes a low cross into Zardes, who somehow scuffs his finish from just a couple of yards out before Arriola - arriving late at the back post - fires home! The flag goes up for offside against Morris, though. That was a very, very tight call. 
28' A USA attack just breaks down on the left and Ecuador try to launch a quick counter-attack, but Adams sweeps up well under pressure from Renato Ibarra and gets the hosts back on the ball. 
26' SAVE! How are the USA not in front?! A lovely, one-touch move featuring strong hold-up play from Zardes and a clever run from Pulisic sets Arriola one on one with the goalkeeper, but his finish is wasteful and Dominguez makes the stop with an outstretched leg! 
24' Nervy moments for the Ecuador back-line as Pulisic tries to dance his way through the crowd, but it's desperately hacked clear! 
22' Pulisic drifts past a defender with ease but a covering man sweeps up and hoists the ball into touch for a corner. The Borussia Dortmund winger lifts his cross to the back post for McKennie to nod back across goal, but Ecuador manage to scramble the ball away. 
21' The visitors have enjoyed a period of sustained possession, and look comfortable on the ball - despite a lack of penetration and movement off of it. 
19' The USA are defending in a 4-4-2, with McKennie dropping in alongside Trapp, while Pulisic pushes up in support of Zardes.
17' Ecuador have the ball again and play keep-ball at the back in a bid to kill the USA's momentum somewhat. 
15' Ecuador, having survived the opening 15 minutes of the first half, have relieved the pressure momentarily, but don't look like getting a foothold in the game any time soon. 
13' McKennie wins a free-kick in a promising position and Pulisic's delivery looks dangerous, but it's just about dealt with and Mendez hammers it behind for a corner under pressure. 
11' Ream - captaining the hosts for the first time - is starting in an unfamiliar left-back position, and Ecuador's only outlet so far has looked like coming down that flank, with Valencia looking to exploit the Fulham defender's lack of pace. 
9' Arriola is found in space on the left and cuts inside onto his right foot before curling a cross into the mixer that Ecuador deal with well. The visitors are having to deal with a lot of pressure. 
7' MISS! Pulisic's delivery finds the head of McKennie in the middle, but the midfielder can only head wide of the far post! He generated good power on that effort and kept it down, but couldn't keep it inside the post. 
6' BLOCK! Pulisic is on the end of a lovely flowing move on the right side of the box, but Caicedo gets across quickly to block his attempted pull-back behind for a corner! Bright start from the hosts.
4' Zardes chases a long ball down at the byline but is penalised for a foul on Paredes.
2' CHANCE! Trapp plays a lovely long ball down the left for the run of Arriola, and Dominguez is off his line quickly but gets nothing! The winger's cross is just headed away from Zardes in the middle, however. 
1' We're underway at the Orlando City Stadium! 
Hernan Darío Gomez has gone one step further, replacing eight of the 11 players who started their last game, a 2-1 away victory over Panama in November last year. Only Paredes, Caicedo and Mendez keep their spots as the team change shape from a midfield diamond to a more conventional 4-3-3.
USA head coach Gregg Berhalter retains just four of the starting line-up from their last fixture, a 2-0 home victory over Costa Rica in a friendly last month. Long, Trapp, Arriola and Zardes keep their places as seven new faces come in. 
Ecuador substitutes: Christian Noboa, Jefferson Intriago, Leonardo Campana, Cristian Ramírez, Angel Mena, Xavier Arreaga, Jackson Porozo, Pedro Ortíz, Jhojan Julio, Angelo Preciado, Maximo Banguera
Ecuador XI (4-3-3): Alexander Dominguez; Juan Carlos Paredes, Gabriel Achilier, Robert Arboleda, Beder Caicedo; Sebastian Mendez, Carlos Gruezo, Jefferson Orejuela; Antonio Valencia, Romario Ibarra, Renato Ibarra
USA substitutes: Michael Bradley, Matt Miazga, Sebastian Lletget, Jonathan Lewis, Corey Baird, Daniel Lovitz, Cristian Roldan, Ethan Horvath, DeAndre Yedlin
USA XI (4-1-4-1): Sean Johnson; Tyler Adams, John Brooks, Tim Ream, Aaron Long; Wil Trapp; Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Paul Arriola; Gyasi Zardes
The line-ups are out and we'll start with the home side.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the international friendly fixture between the USA and Ecuador at the Orlando City Stadium.