The U.S. soccer team will play Ecuador in an exhibition on Oct.
11 at Harrison, N.J., three days after the Americans face Honduras
Because the game is on a FIFA international fixture date, most
players should be available for the match. A possible complication
is a pair of Major League Soccer matches the following day, with
Dallas at Chicago and D.C. United at Vancouver.
The Americans are winless in three games since Jurgen Klinsmann
replaced Bob Bradley as coach, tying Mexico and losing to Costa
Rica and Belgium.
”We want to expose the team to as many styles as possible, and
we know the quality of Ecuador,” Klinsmann said.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard made his debut in a 1-0 win over Ecuador
in March 2002. Five years later, Landon Donovan scored all the
American goals in a 3-1 victory against Ecuador.
Ecuador qualified for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, but missed
the 2010 tournament. It opens qualifying for 2014 at home against
Venezuela on Oct. 7.
The Americans hope to play a pair of exhibitions in Europe, on
Nov. 11 and 15, as they prepare for the start of World Cup
qualifying in June.