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Zardes scores late as U.S. beats Ecuador

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(Reuters) – Gyasi Zardes’ 81st minute goal led the United States to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador in Orlando on Thursday, the team’s third successive win under new head coach Gregg Berhalter.

Zardes shot from the top of the box deflected off an Ecuadorian defender and then sailed over the head of goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.

The U.S. dominated possession and had some good opportunities but were unable to finish against the stout Ecuadorian defence until the centre forward’s first international goal since the Copa America quarter-final against Ecuador in 2016 broke the deadlock.

Berhalter, a former national team defender who played at two World Cups, took over from interim head coach Dave Sarachan in December after five seasons with Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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