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Berhalter starts 3-0 as US beats Ecuador 1-0 on fluke goal

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Gregg Berhalter became only the second American coach to win his first three games when Gyasi Zardes scored a bizarre goal that deflected off a defender, looped over goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez and ricocheted in off the crossbar in the 81st minute for a 1-0 exhibition win over Ecuador on Thursday night.

Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, a trio of 20-year-olds who have become regulars in the German Bundesliga, started together for the first time as Berhalter had the full American player pool available. The U.S., still recovering from its failure to qualify for last year's World Cup, showed some of the fluidity and offensive spark Berhalter sought but also was exposed for defensive gaps that stronger opponents would exploit.

McKennie limped off about 20 minutes into the second half after twisting his left ankle when landing after jumping for a header with Ecuador's Carlos Gruezo, who low-bridged him a bit. McKennie reached the corner flag with assistance, grimacing, and then needed a stretcher to come off the field.


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