Darlington Nagbe (#10) scored the lone goal in the USA's win over Ecuador in an international friendly on May 25, 2016, in Frisco, Texas. (Photo: John Dorton/isiphotos.com)
FRISCO, Texas -- Substitute Darlington Nagbe scored his first international goal in the 90th minute to lift the United States to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador in an international friendly at Toyota Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Americans won for the fifth time in six outings, when Bobby Wood won a header inside the box off a weak clearance of DeAndre Yedlin’s right-sided cross by Juan Carlos Paredes. An unmarked Nagbe chested the ball and swept it in with his right foot from eight-yards out.
Ecuador had an opportunity to equalize five minutes into second-half stoppage time, only for Michael Arroyo to send his 26-yard free kick into the stands on the final play of the match.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who was named the USA's starting goalkeeper for the upcoming Copa America Centenario, recorded the shutout as the host improved to 3W-5D-5L all-time against Ecuador. He made one save, thwarting Jefferson Montero’s deflected shot in the seventh minute
Scoring opportunities were at a premium for both sides, especially in an opening half that saw Ecuador lose goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez to a leg injury.
After the break, the USA was more productive on the offensive end of the field.
Striker Clint Dempsey had a shot blocked in the middle of the penalty area in the 61st minute. The ball bounded back out to Bradley, who skied his follow-up attempt.
Ten minutes later, Graham Zusi found some room on the left side and slid a pass across the goalmouth to Bedoya, but his effort went out of bounds.
The U.S. will meet Bolivia in another friendly in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday night.
May 25, 2016: Toyota Stadium -- Frisco, Texas (Att: 9,893)
USA-Ecuador 1-0 (0-0)
Darlington Nagbe 90’
USA: Brad Guzan; DeAndre Yedlin, Steve Birnbaum, John Brooks (Matt Besler 78’), Fabian Johnson, Kyle Beckerman (Darlington Nagbe 46’), Graham Zusi (Michael Orozco 87’), Jermaine Jones (Alejandro Bedoya 64’), Michael Bradley, Gyasi Zardes (Bobby Wood 46’), Clint Dempsey (Christian Pulisic 63’)
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
Ecuador: Alexander Dominguez (Esteban Dreer 46’); Juan Carlos Paredes, Frickson Erazo, Gabriel Achilier (Robert Arboleda 73’), Cristian Ramirez, Christian Noboa (Fernando Gaibor 69’), Carlos Gruezo (Pedro Larrea 59’), Angel Mena, Jefferson Montero (Michael Arroyo 64’), Enner Valencia, Miller Bolaños (Juan Cazares 68’)
Head Coach: Gustavo Quinteros
R: Alfredo Peñaloza (Mexico); AR1: Mario Lopez Carrillo (Mexico); AR2: Andres Hernandez (Mexico); 4th: Oscar Macias (Mexico)