U.S. Player Ratings:
5 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), 44/0.
Caught a couple of tough balls in traffic, distributed the ball well, required to make just one save.
6 DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG), 33/0.
Fought through a few testing moments triggered by Jefferson Montero and grew more secure as the game unfolded. Thwarted a dangerous attack in the final minutes by getting his foot on a ball cut behind him. Last-ditch cross turned into the goal.
6 Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United) 5/1.
Started badly and nearly cost the U.S. goal with a couple of turnovers but improved markedly. Headed down a free kick into a scrum without reward. Got on the end of a cross but couldn’t knock it to Dempsey. Won a vital header in the final minutes.
5 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), 20/2.
Very shaky in the opening minutes but giveaways weren’t punished by Ecuador, and he recovered his poise and confidence. Cool, half-volleyed clearance just yards from his own goal line and solid tackle on Enner Valencia in the second half reflected the change.
5 Fabian Johnson (Borussia M'Gladbach/GER), 43/2.
Hesitant offensively and lackluster defensively in the opening minutes. Got more into the attack after halftime and connected well with subs but still wasn’t sharp defensively.
4 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt
Passed inconsistently and ran blindly into a double-team that gave Ecuador the ball close to the penalty area.
5 Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), 59/3.
Seldom dribbled forward to launch attacks but played efficiently. Hit a lot of short passes and redirections that aided possession and tempo, and fired a left-foot shot on target from distance.
6 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 114/15.
Plugged up the middle and grew more assertive as Ecuador faded late in the first half. Started second half with an excellent ball to Wood and hit a deep cross that just missed producing a goal. Cut off a possible goal by racing back 40 yards to strip Angel Mena. Followed up to hit a partial clearance first-time over the bar.
3 Gyasi Zardes (L.A. Galaxy), 23/3.
Nearly invisible playing wide, mostly on the left. Couldn’t dribble past defenders, didn’t connect with teammates. Got in a couple of tackles but never got out of neutral offensively.
4 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), 122/49.
Labored through an anonymous first half, perked up after halftime. Quick free kick put Wood through but no shot resulted.
5 Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) 34/4.
Pushed the attack, especially in the second half. Darted to the byline and cut back a ball that produced a near-miss from Bedoya. Ran onto a ball near the edge of the box and shot wildly under pressure.
6 Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), 18/5.
Another impressive, encouraging performance. Let a good ball from Dempsey slip away and misplayed another from Bradley, but got to the byline to drill a perfect ball to Dempsey, and headed the ball that Nagbe banged into the net.
6 Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), 2/0.
Raced free on the left side several times, used the ball smartly, hit a good cross, and help kill some stoppage time by bamboozling three opponents.
TRIVIA. The USA has scored four goals in the 89th minute or later in its six games this year. The others are Steve Birnbaum (Iceland, 3-2); and Jozy Altidore (Canada, 1-0, and Guatemala, 4-0).May 25 in Frisco, Texas