October 22, 2020

Jaime Ayovi leads Ecuador over US 1-0

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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann is finding wins and goals hard to come by in his first few months as coach of the U.S. soccer team.

“It’s going to take time,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said after Tuesday night’s 1-0 exhibition loss to Ecuador dropped the Americans to 1-3-1 since the former German star and coach replaced Bob Bradley in late July. “People are going to ask questions, and that’s natural. But it’s still in the infant stages.”

Second-half substitute Jaime Ayovi beat defender Tim Ream to a cross and scored in the 79th minute, the only good chance Ecuador had.

“It’s a growing process and, obviously, also a couple of knocks that you have to accept,” Klinsmann said.

With no competitive games until the start of World Cup qualifying in June, Klinsmann is experimenting with players and formations. He generally wants the Americans to play higher upfield and use more width.

The U.S. has just two goals since Klinsmann took over, tying Mexico 1-1 and losing to Costa Rica and Belgium 1-0 before last weekend’s 1-0 win over Honduras.

“The first few results haven’t been great,” captain Carlos Bocanegra said. “It’s just frustrating, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

With the Americans using a 4-1-3-2 formation and sometimes a 4-3-3, they are attacking more than they did under the conservative Bradley.

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