US loses 1-0 to Ecuador at Red Bull Arena

The U.S. Men’s National team has lost three of its first five games under Jurgen Klinsmann‘s reign as national team coach – scoring just 2 goals, and questions must now be raised about if he is the right coach for US soccer.

Until the 80th minute when Jaime Ayovi got in front of substitute Tim Ream to head in the game winning goal this match seemed destined for a draw. Both Ecuador and the US created scoring chances, but neither team threatened to breakdown the opposition’s defense. Goals in this match would come from capitalizing on mistakes and not moments of skill.

In the 80th minute the US were punished for a mistake.

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USA World Cup Group Stage Grades (Goalkeeper and Defenders)

The group stage of the 2010 World Cup is now over for the United States, and while the Yanks were three minutes from being eliminated, they will now advance to the knockout rounds. As the team prepares for Ghana on Saturday, TSB is grading each player on the team based on their performance in the group stages. Part One will look at the teams goalkeeper and defenders, and Part Two will look at the midfielders and forwards.

Goalkeepers:
Tim Howard: A. Yes, Timmy has let in three goals in the tournament, but those three were far more about lackadaisical defending than any goalkeeper error. Howard has been near spotless, coming up with huge saves in the first match against England and putting in assured performances against Slovenia and Algeria. In a tournament where we have seen many a goalkeeper gaffe, Howard is looking like one of the world’s best.
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