Welcome to your live thread for tonight's Copa America Centenario quarterfinal that sees the United States Men's National Team take on Ecuador. After topping Group A, the Americans will be looking to build on that momentum and reach the semifinals.
After a slow start against Colombia, the Yanks have scored five goals over the past two games and will certainly need to keep up the scoring against the Ecuadorians. Look for Clint Dempsey to be involved in some way if the Americans do get on the score sheet. Dempsey has two goals so far in the tournament and has helped set up a couple others as well.The 4-3-3 formation that coach Jurgen Klinsmann has opted to go with as of late has allowed the Texan to drop back into the midfield and take the ball up into the attacking half while still having options ahead of him.
Defensively, this will be another big test for the U.S. back four. The center back duo of Geoff Cameron and John Brooks have been outstanding so far, and both will have to make sure to pay attention to Ecuador's danger man, Enner Valencia. Many eyes will be on the right back position, as Michael Orozco is projected to get the start for the suspended DeAndre Yedlin, who got two yellow cards just moments apart against Paraguay. Orozco is nowhere near as fast as Yedlin, and it will be interesting to see if Ecuador will try to exploit that lack of speed. The change will make this the first different starting lineup Klinsmann has used in the tournament.
Should the Yanks find themselves down in this one, look for Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, or both to get in the game. Both players have proven that they can influence a game, and Nagbe scored the winner against Ecuador last month.
When these two teams met back on May 25, it was a pretty dull affair with few chances between both teams. Do not expect that to be the outcome in this one. Both teams will be out to win this one and U.S. fans will definitely want to tune in to see if the Yanks can make it to the semis.
Goalkeepers: (3) Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)
Defenders: (8) Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders/Forwards (12): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
Goalkeepers: (3) Alexander Dominguez (LDU de Quito), Esteban Dreer (C.S. Emelec), Banguera,Maximo (Barcelona SC)
Defenders: (7) Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford), Arturo Mina (Independiente del Valle), Gabriel Achilier (C.S. Emelec), Frickson Erazo (Atletico Mineiro), Robert Arboleda (U. Catolica), Walter Ayovi (Monterrey), Cristian Ramirez (Ferencvarosi TC)
Midfielders/Forwards: (13) Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Angel Mena (C.S. Emelec), Christian Noboa (Rostov), Fernando Gaibor (C.S. Emelec), Pedro Larrea (El Nacional), Carlos Gruezo (FC Dallas), Jefferson Montero (Swansea), Michael Arroyo (Club América), Fidel Martinez (Pumas), Enner Valencia (West Ham), Jaime Ayovi (Godoy Cruz), Juan Cazares (Atletico Mineiro), Miller Bolanos (Gremio)
How to Watch
Match time: 9:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: CenturyLink Field -- Seattle, WA.
TV: FS1, UniMas, UDN.
Live Stream: Fox Sports GO.
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