The United States men's national team advanced to the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario with a 2-1 win over Ecuador at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.
Here are the highlights via Fox Soccer:
Clint Dempsey scored in the 22nd minute, heading in a cross from Jermaine Jones.
Jones and Antonio Valencia were sent off with red cards early in the second half.
Gyasi Zardes scored the USMNT's second goal in the 65th minute off an assist from Dempsey.
Michael Arroyo pulled one back for Ecuador in the 74th minute, finishing a feed from Walter Ayovi.
Matt Reed of Soccer by Ives named Clint Dempsey the Man of the Match for his goal and assist:
The U.S. Men’s National Team saw just about everything in their 2-1 win over Ecuador, but the squad’s mainstay forward helped guide them to victory with an admirable effort up front.
The USMNT forward scored his third goal of the tournament on Thursday night, while also providing an assist on the team’s second finish. For his efforts, Dempsey earned SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors.
The heat will be on in the semifinals. The U.S. will be shorthanded, missing Bedoya, Jones, and Wood. Who will step up against the yet to be determined opponent (most likely Argentina)? Can Jurgen Klinsmann make the necessary coaching decisions to lead the U.S. to another victory and the final of the Copa America final?
Even if they lose, they'll be guaranteed two more matches. Not a bad tournament for a team that wasn't being picked to advance out of the group stage.
United States: Brad Guzan, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson, Matt Besler, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Alejandro Bedoya, Gyasi Zardes, Bobby Wood, Clint Dempsey
Substitutes: Kyle Beckerman, Graham Zusi, Steve Birnbaum
Ecuador: Alexander Dominguez, Frickson Erazo, Arturo Mina Meza, Walter Ayovi, Juan Paredes, Michael Arroyo, Carlos Gruezo, Christian Noboa, Enner Valencia, Jefferson Montero, Antonio Valencia
Substitutes: Fernando Gaibor, Carlos Gruezo, Jaime Ayovi