Red Bulls play Ecuador to a draw in closed-door scrimmage

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Ecuador seems to be everywhere — at least around the American soccer landscape.

Mere hours after qualifying for the knockout rounds in a crucial match against the United States, the Ecuadorian National Team descended on Hanover, New Jersey for a closed door scrimmage with the New York Red Bulls.

The match ended 1-1, with Shaun Wright-Phillips scoring for the Red Bulls. Full lineups and details were not disclosed. However, the match served to prepare both teams for their coming matches, which includes a U.S. Open Cup encounter between New York and the USL Champion Rochester Rhinos this Wednesday.

“We played three different groups. We incorporated first team, USL, PDL and academy players. It was good to blend different players from the different teams we have here,” Jesse Marsch told members of the media after Monday’s training session. “The beginning of the game, we played a group that will start on Wednesday. It was a good tactical run for what Wednesday will be like.

“It was a fast and good game. It was a good exercise.”

While Marsch revealed most everyone available played in the match, two key players were missing. Damien Perrinelle, who returned to full training last week, was held out of the encounter. Kemar Lawrence, meanwhile, continues to see doctors after picking up a hamstring strain in Copa America play.