International Football

USA vs. Ecuador: 3 Observations from the Match

HARRISON, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Oguchi Onyewu #4, Maurice Edu #8 and Steve Cherundolo #2 of the United States chase Jefferson Montero #9 of Ecuador during their match at Red Bull Arena on October 11, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Rashaad JordenContributor IIIOctober 12, 2011

Here are three observations from the USA's 1-0 friendly defeat by Ecuador.

 

USA May Not Be Searching for a Left-Back Much Longer

 Despite being right-footed and not a natural at the position, Timothy Chandler acquitted himself quite well. He neutralized Antonio Valencia, rendering the Manchester United man a non-factor in the match.

Chandler rarely put a wrong foot forward defensively. Unfortunately, he didn't seem as dangerous in the attack as he had been in previous matches—maybe because he was focusing much of his attention on stopping Valencia.

 

Oguchi Onyewu Is Back

 In his first start under Klinsmann, Gooch also did a good job of neutralizing Ecuadorian forwards and solidly launched several attacks.

He also was able to get forward as the USA was searching for an equalizer. It's safe to say the Michael Orozco Fiscal era is over.

 

USA attack is MIA

In Klinsmann's first five matches, the USA has only found the back of the net twice. The USA attack had its moments in the first half, as they did a good job of possessing the ball.

But they rarely threatened Ecuadorian goalkeeper Maximo Banguera. Clint Dempsey didn't look comfortable up front with Juan Agudelo or Jozy Altidore and should return to his more natural right midfield position.

Brek Shea did put in another solid performance, and Damarcus Beasley had his moments. But USA supporters are probably hoping that players such as Landon Donovan and José Torres can return and provide a spark in midfield.   

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