Darlington Nagbe’s first goal in a national team jersey was all that was needed as the U.S. Men’s National Team topped Ecuador 1-0.
The win was the team’s second consecutive in a friendly held prior to the upcoming Copa America Centenario. On Sunday, the U.S. topped Puerto Rico 3-1.
After a first half that lacked chances, the United States controlled the run of play in the second half, as Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya both had opportunities to find the score sheet. Just as it looked like the game would end in a 0-0 deadlock, Nagbe finished headed pass from Bobby Wood in the penalty area to tally his first international goal and give the U.S. a 1-0 victory.
The MNT continues preparations for this summer’s Copa America Centenario on Sat., May 28 when it meets a second South American foe in Bolivia at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Goal Scoring Summary:
USA – Darlington Nagbe (Bobby Wood), 90th minute: DeAndre Yedlin did well to earn space on the right before seeing his initial cross headed up in the area by Ecuador’s Juan Carlos Paredes. Substitute forward Bobby Wood kept the second ball alive, winning an aerial battle to knock down for Nagbe who took the ball of his chest before finishing inside Esteban Dreer’s right post for the game’s lone goal. USA 1, ECU 0