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USA-Ecuador: Three Tidbits of History

With nearly 700 official matches in the books against 97 different opponents since the U.S. Men’s National Team first started playing in 1916, the MNT has accumulated a rich history of dramatic results, intriguing story lines and interesting anecdotes.

Ahead of Thursday’s match against Ecuador, here are three tidbits of the MNT’s history against La Tricolor:

A Team to Debut Against

This is a completely random and unscientific fact, but did you know that six MNT players who made their senior debut against Ecuador went on to represent the United States in at least one FIFA World Cup?

Future MNT captain Tony Meola around the time of his MNT debut vs. Ecuador in 1988

Why is it significant? Because as international opponents go, that ranks as the second most behind only Canada and Guatemala, who each had seven future U.S. World Cup players debut against them.

Who are the six, you ask? Here’s a grid to lay it all out for you…

Future USA World Cup Players to Debut vs. Ecuador


Debut Date

World Cup Rosters

Total MNT Caps

Mike Windischmann

Nov. 30, 1984



Brian Bliss

Dec. 2, 1984



Tony Meola

June 7, 1988

1990, 1994, 2002


Pablo Mastroeni

June 7, 2001

2002, 2006


Tim Howard

March 10, 2002

2006, 2010, 2014


Benny Feilhaber

March 25, 2007



The seven players on that list combine for a total of 11 World Cup rosters and 409 caps. Two players captained the USA at the World Cup (Mike Windischmann 1990; Tony Meola 1994), while Meola and Tim Howard are two of the MNT’s world-record holding 17 players to attain 100 or more caps.

Landon’s Second Hat Trick

The last MNT World Cup player to debut against Ecuador was Benny Feilhaber, but his first cap in 2007 was understandably overshadowed by the second of Landon Donovan’s MNT record three career hat tricks.

Donovan tallied one of the fastest goals in MNT history, putting back a rebound just 35 seconds into the game. He then completed the feat with goals in the 66th and 67th minutes to cap the scoring in a 3-1 victory at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Donovan made his 157th and final international appearance against Ecuador, playing 41 minutes in a 1-1 draw on Oct. 10, 2014 in East Hartford, Conn. 

The Last Meeting

The highest stakes encounter with Ecuador was also the last meeting, coming in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

In a chippy match where both teams played much of the second half with 10 men, goals from Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes and a strong defensive effort helped the USA earn a memorable 2-1 victory in front of 47,322 fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

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Eighty Players Head to Frisco, Texas for YNT U-14 TID Central Region Mini-Camp

CHICAGO (March 13, 2019)—Eighty players will gather in Frisco, Texas for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams Under-14 Talent Identification Central Region Mini-Camp from March 14-18 at the Toyota Soccer Center.

The camp is the second of three such mini-camps that are part of the initial rollout of U.S. Soccer’s new YNT U-14 TID program. The West Region Mini-Camp was held in January in Carson, Calif., while the East Region Mini-Camp is set for early April at the Capelli Sports Complex in Tinton Falls, N.J.

During the camp, 80 players from the Central Region will make up 20-player teams based on the region’s four defined scouting areas (North Central, South Central, Midwest and Southeast). U.S. Soccer staff, including Director of TID Tony Lepore and the three boys’ TID Managers, Henry Brauner, Garrett Biller and Cris da Silva, will run the camp, while the four teams will be coached by YNT Network Scouts and Development Academy coaches from the four respective scouting areas. After a day of training, the four teams will play each other in round-robin competition.

Friday, March 15
Midwest Select vs. North Central Select – 10:00 a.m.
South Central Select vs. Southeast Select – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 16
Midwest Select vs. South Central Select – 10:00 a.m.
North Central Select vs. Southeast Select – 11:30 a.m.

Monday, March 18
Midwest Select vs. Southeast Select – 9:45 a.m.
North Central Select vs. South Central Select – 10:45 a.m.

In addition to the on-field competition, the mini-camp will focus on off-field education. Players will be introduced to YNT principles of play, position profiles and goal-setting to help them take responsibility for their own development. The players will also visit the new National Soccer Hall of Fame that opened last fall at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

Furthermore, the mini-camp will introduce the 80 players to U.S. Soccer’s High Performance department. A sport scientist will be on hand throughout the event, taking Peak Height Velocity (PHV) measurements to help educate players and coaches about the impact of growth and maturation on development. The sport scientist will also educate players about best practices for nutrition and recovery.

The majority of the players called into the Central Mini-Camp were identified at last fall’s Development Academy Central Regional Showcase and were further evaluated at YNT Identification Centers as part of the scouting process prior to being selected for this camp.

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GOALKEEPERS (8): Elijah Berumen (Dallas Texans), Elijah Buford (Atlanta Unite4d FC), Mao Diaz (Kendall SC), Drew Fromm (Vardar), Victor Gomez (FC Dallas), Misael Mena (Sporting Kansas City), Aaron Salinas (FC Dallas), Justin Stewart (Solar Soccer Club)

DEFENDERS (23): Adrian Anguiano (FC Dallas), Edwin Avalos (Monarcas Morelia/MEX), Grant Bailey (Indiana Fire), Mhone Bogonko (Sockers FC), Mathieu Brick (Atlanta United FC), Andrew Chavez (Sockers FC), Nati Clarke (Sporting Kansas City), Ryan Clanton-Pimentel (Lonestar SC), Iyke Dafe (Houston Dynamo), Pranav DuBroff (FC Dallas), Matthew Fisher (Vardar), Luis Flores (IMG Academy), Amari Fowlkes (Indiana Fire), Evan Jimerson (Texans SC Houston), Mikhail Keise (Weston FC), Josh Maher (Saint Louis FC), Kibukila Mbula (San Antonio FC), Ryder Mills (Cincinnati United Premier), Bryan Moreno (Los Angeles FC), Remi Okunlola (Atlanta United FC), David Ordonez (Dallas Texans), Emilo Rossi (Weston FC), Christopher Vang (Minnesota United FC)

MIDFIELDERS (26): Jared Aguilar (FC Dallas), Bryan Arellano (San Antonio FC), Carson Ballagh (Vardar), Josiah Benjamin (Columbus Crew SC), Micah Burton (Minnesota United FC), Alan Carleton (Atlanta United FC), Keith Chavarria (Colorado Rapids), Johann Chirinos (Atlanta United FC), Giorgio De Libera (Columbus Crew SC), Riker Doolittle (Solar Soccer Club), Anthony Eugenio (IMG Academy), Diego Hernandez (FC Dallas), Luka Ivancic (Chicago Fire), Jordan Jones (FC Dallas), Daniel Lugo (Chargers SC), Sureel McCain (Colorado Rapids), Emmanuel Monserrat (Germantown Legends), Carlos Nevarez (Chicago Fire), Nolan Norris (FC Dallas), Sebastian Otero (Weston FC), Daniel Ordonez (San Antonio FC), Sergio Oregel (Chicago Fire), Axel Perez (Weston FC), James Spatzek (FC United), Solomon Straub (Minnesota United FC), Jonantan Villal (Atlanta United FC)

FORWARDS (23): Gage Akalu (Sporting Kansas City), Mataeo Bunbury (Minneapolis United), Benjamin Chavarria (Indiana Fire), Gabriel Enriquez (San Diego Surf), Ricardo Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Italo Jenkins (Atlanta United FC), Tre Jervier (Cincinnati United Premier), Asher Jones (Chargers SC), Kelly Kipruto (Sporting Kansas City), Kai Louviere (San Antonio FC), Emir Mimic (Armada FC Academy), Luke Nicholson (Michigan Wolves), Nighte Pickering (FC Dallas), Anthony Ramirez (FC Dallas), Roberto Renteria (San Antonio FC), Diego Rosas (RGV FC Toros Academy), Danial Sebhatu (Atlanta United FC), Kevin Tlaxcalteco (Colorado Rapids), Cristian Torres (Chicago Fire), Marcos Torres (Real Salt Lake Arizona), Felipe Valencia (Kendall SC), Luke Van Heukelum (Sockers FC), Ty Wilson (Atlanta United FC)

North Central Select Coaches: Mike Freitag (YNT Network Scout – Frontier), Chris O’Neal (Sporting Kanas City)

Midwest Select Coaches: Steve Bode (YNT Network Scout – Mid-America), Ross Brady (Chicago Fire)

South Central Select Coaches: Eric Dade (YNT Network Scout – Texas), Nick Evans (San Antonio FC)

Southeast Select Coaches: Chris Kranjc (YNT Network Scout – Southeast), Blake Wagner (Tampa Bay Rowdies)

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