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Watch: Gyasi Zardes, crazy deflection give USA 1-0 lead over Ecuador

United States forwards Jordan Morris (11) and Gyasi Zardes (9) congratulate each other after a play during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, Fla. — A scoreless game got interesting in the 80th minute, when Gyasi Zardes took a hard shot from a distance and the ball skyrocketed into the air off the foot of Ecuador’s Robert Arboleda. The ball’s flight path was a high arc toward Ecuador’s goal, skimming the crossbar on its descent before dropping behind goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez for a 1-0 United States lead. Watch a replay of the goal below.

The score of the international friendly Thursday night at Orlando City Stadium remained the same at the time of this post in the 85th minute — right as an Ecuador fan was being hauled off the pitch by police after he stalled play by jumping a wall and racing up the center of the field. Check back after the match for a full recap and highlights. 

 

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