After beginning their World Cup qualifying campaign in fine fettle with a 2-0 win at home to Venezuela, Ecuador travel to New Jersey for a friendly against the United States on Tuesday evening.
Coach Reynaldo Rueda waved goodbye to Alexander Domínguez, Geovanny Caicedo, Diego Calderón ahead of the trip, with all three set to play for LDU Quito against Independiente in the Copa Sudamericana later this week, while Deportivo Quito’s midfield bruiser Alex Bolanos also remains in Ecuador due to visa issues.
Rueda will be keen to maintain the momentum of three friendly victories on the bounce against CONCACAF opposition following Ecuador’s disappointing performance at this summer’s Copa America and is set to name a strong line-up with only three changes from the side that defeated Venezuela on Friday.
Eduardo Morante will step into defence in place of Juan Carlos Paredes, Segundo Castillo will replace Luis Saritama in midfield and the ever-watchable, yet often infuriating, Jefferson Montero will come in for Cristian Suarez on the left flank.
The United States come into the match having achieved their first victory under the tutelage of Jurgen Klinsmann courtesy of a 1-0 friendly win against Honduras on Saturday. Klinsmann is also set to name a strong side as he continues the process of moulding a team in his image in the build-up to the start of their own World Cup qualifying campaign next June.
The United States come out on top the last time these two sides met in an international friendly, Landon Donovan scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 win in Tampa, Florida in March 2007.
The match will be played at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, home of the New York Red Bulls and is set to kick off at 7pm Eastern Time on Tuesday and will be shown live on ESPN2, Univisión and ESPN3.com in the United States.
United States Expected Line-up (4-2-3-1): Howard; Chandler, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Cherundolo; Edu, Bradley; Shea, Dempsey, Williams; Altidore
Ecuador Expected Line-up (4-4-2): Banguera, Campos, Morante, Erazo, W.Ayovi; Valencia, Castillo, Noboa, Montero; Benitez, J.Ayovi