US to play Ecuador on Oct 11 at Harrison, NJ

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

in Miami.

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.