Match Preview: US take on Ecuador in Copa Quarterfinals

The United States National Team look to advance past Ecuador in the Copa America quarterfinals.

Today is the day! Tonight, Seattle will play host to a massive matchup between the United States and Ecuador in the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals. Most people wrote off the United States coming into the tournament, assuming they would crash out of the group stage, but with a little help from Costa Rica, the United States came out as Group A winners. They will now look to keep their hot streak going as they take on Ecuador, runners-up in Group B, in the first of the quarterfinals in the tournament.

The United States were drawn in what was dubbed by many to be the Group of Death but in the end, all though starting off slowly, they had a good group stage, scoring five goals in three games and only allowing two goals against. Ecuador also had a good group stage with one win and two draws, scoring six goals and only letting in two. Their only win came from, comparatively, a very weak Haitian side who ended up being the punching bag of Group B.

Even though the United States advanced out of the so-called ‘Group of Death,’ they will have a hard time moving past Ecuador, who they played just weeks ago in a preparation friendly for the Copa America. Yedlin’s red card suspension could cause a problem for the United States, especially with the pace that Ecuador’s front line possesses.

Just to clear things up before game time as well, in quarterfinals and the semifinals there is no extra time. If the game is tied after 90 minutes, the teams will go straight to penalty kicks to decide a winner.

Kick-off tonight is at 6:30 on Fox Sports 1. There will be an extended pregame show starting at 5, also on Fox Sports 1. You can keep on up with the game on social media or stream it on your devices through Fox Sports Go.

Also, if you are going to the game, make sure to take a look at CenturyLink’s new bag policy.