Everton striker and Ecuador star Enner Valencia returned to his homeland for a World Cup qualifier against Chile, where he managed to escape a series of encounters with Ecuador’s finest and avoid arrest for unpaid child support.
When we learned that the USMNT would be playing Ecuador—a team whose relatively middling reputation on the international scene belies their legitimate talent—for the right to compete in the Copa América semis, we were hopeful about the U.S.’s chances to progress but also a little worried about the specter of a blown…
The U.S. have waged war on Ecuador’s back line early in tonight’s Copa América quarterfinal matchup, and Clint Dempsey finally found the needed finish as his header made it past Alexander Dominguez for a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.
And so Ronaldinho continues on in semi-retired career limbo. This weekend, the former Brazilian phenom laced up his boots for a one-off friendly with Ecuador’s Barcelona Sporting Club (no relation). Rather than suffering through some of the more harrowing moments we’ve seen from present day Ronaldinho on the pitch, we…
To keep things in perspective, we should start by giving Ecuador’s trip to Canada the response it deserves: HOLY SHIT, ECUADOR MADE IT TO THE WORLD CUP! WOOOHOOOO! GO LADIES! GO LADIES! JUST LOOK HOW MUCH QUALIFYING MEANT TO THEM!
Mushuc Runa may sit in the bottom half of Ecuador’s Serie A standings, but that didn’t keep Jorge Folleco from gathering up enough courage to strike this ball from well, well away from the goal off the half-volley. It stumped Universidad Católica keeper Hernán Galíndez and turned out to be the decisive goal in a 1-0…
In our never-ending attempt to bring you highlight plays that you won’t see on SportsCenter, here’s a clip from last night’s actual in the Ecuadorean Serie A, as Deportivo Quito’s Richard Calderón hammered home an early free kick golazo against River Ecuador.
If Ecuador has a SportsCenter, this will certainly make its #Top10. El Nacional stiker Miguel Álvarez capped off a huge day for his side’s Serie A match against U. Católica with this scissor-kick off the chested volley. The video’s worth it just for the ¡GOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Enner Valencia earned an 88th-minute equalizer for Ecuador with this wild shot that looks like it was deflected—but replay showed it wasn't. He just put that much Guzan-stunning English on it.
The final matches of Group E are about to kick off, with France taking on Ecuador and Switzerland facing Honduras. Each team still has a chance to make the Round of 16, and this chart shows the various ways things could shake out.
We noted yesterday how awesome Colombian broadcast goal calls are, but Costa Rica and Ecuador are offering just as stiff a challenge. Here's every goal scored yesterday, as heard back in that country. (Costa Rica is above, from national radio. It includes singing.)
Here's your daily highlight reel of goals as called by announcers from the countries that scored them. GOL!!!
Just when it looked like Switzerland and Ecuador were content to see off a fairly boring, poorly played draw, the Swiss rode a barnstorming counter in literally the last few seconds of the match to win 2-1.
If you're looking for a last-minute underdog to support, this is your team.
This is so dumb.
The German national team traveled to Boca Raton, Fla., today to take on Ecuador in an international friendly, and the Ecuadorians wasted no time in serving up a big bucket of suck. Ecuador unwisely played the opening kick toward its own goal, and it took only six seconds for German striker Lukas Podolski to send home…
Ecuador and Greece drew 1-1 in a Flushing friendly. Writes ESPN New York, "While the Mets were away, Citi Field played host to its first soccer match — a 1-1 draw between Greece and Ecuador. It attracted 39,656 spectators, outdrawing all but the Mets' home-opener crowd of 41,075."
One goal on a set piece was the difference between England and Ecuador. For some reason, Ecuadorian goalie Cristian Mora, he of the pretty painted face, left Beckham about 80% of the net to shoot at, and Beckham tucked a nifty little curveball just into the left side. Beckham then celebrated with a case of the dry…