The U.S. Men’s National Team, in its early preparations for a new FIFA World Cup cycle, will face some stiff competition when it goes up against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Ecuador, ranked No. 25 in the world, was among the field at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team showed some flashes of brilliance, such as the Alexander Domínguez’s 13 saves to earn a scoreless draw against France or West Ham striker Enner Valencia carrying Ecuador’s offense throughout the tournament.
USA-Ecuador kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes. ESPN’s coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. ET.
IN FOCUS: ECUADOR
Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (Ecuadorian Football Federation)
FIFA affiliation: 1926
Head Coach: Sixto Vizuete (interim)
FIFA World Ranking: 21
Best World Cup Finish: 2006 (Round of 16)
ECUADOR ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Máximo Banguera (Barcelona), Alexander Domínguez (LDU de Quito), Hamilton Piedra (Deportivo Cuenca)
DEFENDERS (8): Walter Ayoví (Pachuca), Luis Cangá (LDU de Quito), Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Luis Fernando León (Independiente del Valle), Arturo Mina (Independiente del Valle), Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford), Mario Pineida (Independiente del Valle), Cristian Ramírez (Nuremberg)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Segundo Castillo (Al-Hilal), Jonathan González ( Independiente del Valle), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse), Christian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Junior Sornoza (Independiente del Valle), Jonny Uchuari (LDU de Loja)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Cazares (Banfield), Cristian Penilla (Barcelona), Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake), Enner Valencia (West Ham)
ECUADOR ROSTER NOTES:
- Sixto Vizuete is managing the team on an interim basis. He replaced Reinaldo Rueda, who was dismissed following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ecuador could not advance past the group stage, posting a 1-1-1 record in Group E play.
- Enner Valencia scored all three of Ecuador’s goals at this year’s FIFA World Cup, including a brace during a 2-1 victory against Honduras on June 20. Valencia scored the opening goal during Ecuador’s 2-1 loss to Switzerland on to open the group stage on June 15.
- Goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez started in all three World Cup matches for Ecuador. He made eight saves during Ecuador’s 2-1 win on June 20 against Honduras and followed that up with a 13-save performance during a scoreless draw against France on June 25.
- Ecuador was unable to advance out of Group E at the World Cup, finishing third with a 1-1-1 record. France (2-0-1) and Switzerland (2-1-0) moved to the knockout round.
- Ecuador most recently played Brazil on Sept. 9 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Brazil, which advanced to the semifinals of this year’s World Cup, earned a 1-0 victory against Ecuador.
On the field against Ecuador:
Oct. 11, 2011 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, New Jersey – International Friendly
ECU 1 Jaime Ayovi 79
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo (13-Jonathan Spector, 46), 4-Oguchi Onyewu, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (14-Tim Ream, 72), 3-Timmy Chandler; 6-Kyle Beckerman; 7-Danny Williams (17-Edson Buddle, 65), 8-Maurice Edu (15-Michael Bradley, 46), 11-Brek Shea (16-DaMarcus Beasley, 46); 10-Clint Dempsey, 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
1-Maximo Banguera; 2-Eduardo Morante, 3-Fricson Erazo, 18-Gabriel Achilier, 10-Walter Ayovi; 16-Antonio Valencia (13-Cristian Suarez, 63), 8-Edison Mendez
(19-Luis Saritama, 69), 14-Segundo Castillo, 9-Jefferson Montero (17-Jaime Ayovi, 60); 11-Christian Benitez (15-Jairo Campos, 90), 7-Michael Arroyo (4-Juan
Carlos Paredes, 86)
Subs Not Used: 6-Michael Quiñonez, 12-Adrian Bone
Head Coach: Reinaldo Rueda