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 By Tim Vickery

What has happened to Gustavo Quinteros' Ecuador side?

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First after four rounds, Ecuador have now slipped to fifth in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying table.

After four rounds of South America's World Cup qualification campaign, Ecuador were the surprise runaway leaders, proudly boasting a 100 percent record.

But after the four subsequent rounds, their position is not looking so healthy. They needed a stoppage time equaliser, with more than a hint of offside about it, to salvage a draw at home to Paraguay, which has been followed by three consecutive defeats. The one-time leaders are now down in fifth place, outside the automatic qualifying slots.

Over...

 By Tim Vickery

Gabriel Jesus reminds how good Brazil can be in 3-0 win over Ecuador

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno discusses if Brazil's gold medal at the 2016 Olympics will be a positive sign of things to come.

This was a match in which a draw would have been an acceptable result, so the era of coach Tite could hardly have started better, with Brazil coming down from the mountain celebrating a win against Ecuador at the altitude of Quito. In a venue where the hosts are so strong, Brazil's 3-0 win is a massive morale booster. It should be a sign of better things to come. It is certainly a sign that, belatedly, Brazil have the right man in charge of their national team.

Tite has had next to no time to...

U.S. team spirit key to sealing place in Copa America semifinals

SEATTLE -- If Clint Dempsey is on the downward slope of his decorated U.S. national team career, somebody forgot to tell the 33-year-old Seattle Sounders forward.

Playing in front of his home fans at CenturyLink Field, Dempsey's goal and assist helped the U.S. record a 2-1 win against Ecuador on Thursday, vaulting the Copa America Centenario hosts into next week's semifinal in Houston.

It was the third straight game in this tournament in which Dempsey scored his side's opening goal, and this consistency...

Clint Dempsey does it again as US beats Ecuador en route to Copa semis

Clint Dempsey opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a well-placed header.
Clint Dempsey scored one goal and set up another in the United States' Copa America quarterfinal win vs. Ecuador.

SEATTLE -- The U.S. national team is on to the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday in front of a raucous home crowd of 47,322 at CenturyLink Field. Goals by Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes on either side of half-time paced the Americans, who will meet the Argentina-Venezuela winner on Tuesday in Houston, Texas.

Here are three quick thoughts on Thursday's big win.

1. Dempsey does it again

When Dempsey was left off coach Jurgen Klinsmann's...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

U.S. vs. Ecuador - Copa America quarterfinal live commentary

ESPN FC's Brian McBride says the United States will pay for any mistakes made against a counter-attacking Ecuador side.
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Welcome to ESPN FC's live commentary of the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal between the United States and Ecuador. Please refresh this page for the latest updates.

United States starting XI: Guzan, Johnson, Cameron, Brooks, Besler, Bedoya, Bradley, Jones, Zardes, Dempsey, Wood
Ecuador starting XI: Dominguez, Erazo, Meza, Ayovi, Paredes, Arroyo, Gruezo, Noboa, E. Valencia, Montero, A. Valencia

Full-time: That's going to do it for this live commentary from the U.S.'s Copa America quarterfinal...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FC Daily: Germany take on Poland, U.S. to face Ecuador in Copa

A look around day six of Euro action with the most striking images from the day's matches.

It's Thursday, June 16, and Euro 2016 rolls on and the Copa America group stage has been completed. FC Daily takes a look at the big stories and what you need to know.

Matches of the day

EURO 2016

- England vs. Wales (3 p.m. CEST/9 a.m. ET on ESPN): The match that many have been waiting for is here and national pride and bragging rights aside, the stakes are very high for both teams. England desperately need three points after a late letdown vs. Russia sees Roy Hodgson's men on just one point....