USMNT to host Ecuador in first home friendly since World Cup

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

The U.S. Men’s National Team are busy putting together their final friendlies of the calendar year. This time, it will be a match U.S. fans can enjoy up close and personal.

U.S. Soccer announced an October 10th friendly against Ecuador at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. It will be the USMNT’s first home match since the lead up to the World Cup.

“We are really excited to get our first chance to play at home after the World Cup,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a statement. “The support from our fans in the United States and everyone that traveled to Brazil was awesome, and we want to build on that energy.

“We have an exciting four years ahead of us,” he continued, “and this is just the beginning. The U.S. team has a great history at Rentschler Field, so we are hoping for another big crowd against Ecuador.”

The United States hold a 3-1-0 record at Rentschler Field, including a World Cup qualifying victory and a Gold Cup win. That magic will have to provide a spark for the U.S. to beat back a formidable Ecuadorian side. Ecuador hold a bit of history in their favor as well — a 5-2-4 record against the United States dating back to 1984.

One saving grace for the U.S. in their less-than-inspiring head-to-head record is that both USMNT wins came on American soil.

This is the second of three scheduled friendlies for the U.S. to end the year. They travel to Prague to face Czech Republic on September 3rd — their first match since the World Cup. They also have an away fixture in Ireland for November.

After advancing through the “Group of Death” in this year’s World Cup, the USA were eliminated by Belgium in the Round of 16. Meanwhile, Ecuador failed to get past the Group stage.

The U.S. hold a 5-3-2 record overall this year.