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Copa America: United States through to semi-finals

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Copa America: United States through to semi-finals

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The United States earned a spot in the semi-final of the Copa America with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Ecuador in Seattle on Friday.

After a relatively slow start to the game, the hosts stepped it up a gear as former Fulham striker Clint Dempsey struck in the 22nd minute.

The 33-year-old, who plays for the Seattle Sounders, collected his 52nd international goal and is now five behind Landon Donovan’s American record.

With both teams reduced to ten men after the break, Jürgen Klinsmann’s men were allowed more time on the ball and seem to take control of the game. Gyasi Zardes scored in the 65th minute after some great work from Dempsey down the left wing.

Ecuador then pushed and eventually found the back of the net courtesy of Michael Arroyo.

The United States held on for the win and will next take on the winner of the match between Argentina and Venezuela.

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