Ecuador prevails, U.S. loses third straight under Klinsmann

Posted: 11/10/2011 in Soccer
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Jurgen Klinsmann had no problem scoring goals during his career, but he’s having trouble getting the United States to score with him as manager.
Jaime Ayovi scored in the 79th minute as Ecuador downed the U.S., 1-0, at Red Bull Arena in a friendly on Tuesday night. The Americans were shut out for the third time in five matches under Klinsmann.
The U.S. defeated Honduras, 1-0, on Saturday for the first win and shutout in the Klinsmann era, but one defensive error was all Ecuador needed to hand the Americans their third loss in their last four games.
“We take a lot of really positive things from that game,” Klinsmann said, “but obviously we are still upset because of the result.
“We didn’t allow much,” Klinsmann added. “But (Ecuador is) a team that if you allow one little thing, they can make that (the) difference.”
Ecuador opened 2014 World Cup qualifying Friday with a 2-0 win over Venezuela and Jaime Ayovi provided the lone goal on one of the club’s few decent chances against the Americans.
Walter Ayovi set up the goal with a cross from the left, and Jaime Ayovi got position on U.S. defender Tim Ream to head a one-hopper past Tim Howard from the middle of the penalty area.
Ream had entered the match as a substitute to replace captain Carlos Bocanegra and was right on Jamie Ayovi’s hip, but the Ecuadorian – who also entered the game in the second half – held off the 24-year-old to score.
“(Howard) never really had anything to do,” Klinsmann said, “besides the one goal that they scored.”
The U.S. opened the match well, and Jozy Altidore nearly scored in the opening minute of the game. But between that chance and Clint Dempsey’s deflected shot into the side netting in stoppage time, the U.S. failed to find the net.
The Americans are now winless in their last 13 matches against South American teams, dating back to a win over Ecuador in 2007.
The U.S. tied Mexico, 1-1, in its first match under Klinsmann, but has dropped games to Costa Rica, Belgium, and Ecuador since. There are two more open dates to play friendlies this year in November, but no matches have been announced.
– Steve
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