The USA will be facing Ecuador for the 12th time this Friday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Ecuador has had the better of the series, but in recent years the USA has had some success against the South American side.
Standing out among these games is Landon Donovan’s hat trick on March 25, 2007. Donovan led the USA to a 3-1 win against Ecuador at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Donovan tallied from just outside the box in the first minute with his left foot for the 1-0 lead. After Ecuador’s Felipe Caicedo equalized in the 11th minute, Donovan responded with two more in the 66th and 67th minutes, the latter a blast from 22 yards out into the upper left corner of the frame.
“Throughout this camp, you could tell that he had really stepped things up in terms of his role on the team,” former U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley said after that match. “He was our captain, and more than that, he really came through with the goals and good movement off the ball, which is something that he does really well.”
USA VS. ECUADOR:
- The United States is 2-5-4 all-time against Ecuador in a series that began on Nov. 30, 1984, with a scoreless draw in Long Island, New York.
- Ecuador had the better of the USA at the start of the series, posting a 4-0-4 record through the first eight games.
- The U.S. MNT earned its first win against Ecuador on March 10, 2002, in Birmingham, Alabama. Eddie Lewis scored the game’s lone goal off of a Clint Mathis assist in the 21st minute for the 1-0 victory at Legion Field. The USA had to play with 10 men for more than 30 minutes after Mathis was issued a second yellow card in the 58th minute.
- The two sides most recently met on Oct. 11, 2011, with Ecuador earning a 1-0 win at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Ecuador prevailed despite the USA’s 22-9 shots advantage (the USA also had an 8-4 shots on goal advantage).