The United States reached the Copa America semi-finals after a pulsating 2-1 win over Ecuador....
The United States reached the Copa America semi-finals after a pulsating 2-1 win over Ecuador.
Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey headed the US in front before half-time on his home ground and Gyasi Zardes' second-half tap-in proved decisive as Michael Arroyo pulled one back.
Victory came at a cost, though, with Jermaine Jones sent off, Bobby Wood and Alejandro Bedoya also collecting suspensions and Dempsey with an ice pack on his right knee after being substituted. Ecuador's Antonio Valencia was also dismissed.
The match was preceded by an impeccable one-minute silence to honour the victims of the recent shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida and States captain Michael Bradley wore a rainbow armband.
They will face Argentina or Venezuela in Houston next Tuesday.