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Mexico-Ecuador draw 1-1 before 50,305

[caption id="attachment_16742" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Plenty of green, red and white, not much yellow and blue, at Qwest Field today."] [/caption]The vast majority of supporters in the crowd of 50,305 at Qwest Field today cheered and chanted for a victory by the Mexican national team.

And while they saw El Tri dominate, they had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the soccer friendly with Ecuador.

“We always like to win, and we were prepared for that,” Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre said thought a translator. “The team functioned well. The rival placed themselves well and complicated our motions. But I’m calm. I know there is room for improvement, and we’ll keep practicing.”

Mexico dominated the early going and broke ahead in the seventh minute, as Jorge Torres Nilo trickled the ball across the line from a cluster of green shirts front of the goal following a corner kick.

“Maybe the first few minutes we were not focused on a set piece play,” Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda said via translator. “… The good thing is that it can be fixed and we have motivation to do so.”

Ecuador drew even in the 37th minute, as Michael Arroyo beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from 23 yards.

Mexico dominated with 14 shots to two by Ecuador. Giovani Dos Santos and Aldo De Nigris had especially good chances in the final 10 minutes, but put each over the crossbar.

“We have to be more effective, and we had to convert,” de la Torre said. “We had a few opportunities, but we could not convert them.”

Mexico is 2-0-2 on this United States tour leading up to the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition. The tour will conclude Wednesday in Denver against New Zealand.

“I had not been to Seattle,” de la Torre said. “I can say that I like it. I would have preferred to stay more, and maybe see the attractions, but that’s how football is sometimes. You get to see the stadium, hotels and airports, and then go back.”

It's gone final: Mexico 1, Ecuador 1. Well-played friendly with a terrific crowd.

Attendance: 50, 305. That's third of the four games on the Mexican tour. 50,507 in Atlanta, 48,110 in Oakland, 60,808 in San Diego. Tour ends next week in Denver vs. New Zealand.

Second half: Has begun. No substitutions on either side.

Halftime: 1-1. Entertaining game. Ecuador weathers early storm. pretty even now.

Mexico leads in shots, 7-2, Ecuador in formers, 5-2. Equador three saves, Mexico none. Mexico six fouls to Ecuador's four.

Sun still shining.

37th minute: GOAL. Ecuador pulls even on nice 23-yard strike by Michael Arroyo.

Second 15 minutes: Ecuador has stabilized after a miserable start.

Referee Edvin Jurisevic is letting them play. I mean that in a good wa.

Seventh minute: GOAL Mexico. El Tri has had Ecuador on its heels from the start. Goal seemed inevitable, and it came from Jorge Torres Nilo, assisted by Hector Moreno.

Kickoff: We're under way. The Hawks Nest is full, and the seating goes pretty high in the upper deck. I'm guessing around 50,000 today.

And while there are clouds on the horzion, the sun is shining beautifully as the game begins.

Pregame ceremonies: The teams are on the pitch. Normalcy is restored as Mexico is in its traditional green/white. Ecuador in yellow/blue, so I'm going to pretend they're Brazil.

Interestingly, the team benches are on the east side ... the opposite side from MLS matches. (As the afternoon moves along, the players will be staring into the sun.)

Three anthems played. Crowd very respectful during "Star-Spangled Banner."

Kickoff revisted: You know that whole 1 p.m. kickoff thing? Never mind. We're now told it's 1:25.

Lineups: For Mexico: GK Ochoa; D Moreno, Rodriguez, Torrez, Osorio; M Castro, Guardado, Naelson Sinha; Torrado; F De Nigris, Barrera.

For Ecuador: GK Banguera; D Reasco, Caicedo, Erazo, Ayovi; M Castillo, Saritama, Arroyo, Mendez; G Ayovi, Benitez.

20 minutes till kickoff: Now the crowd gets into it as Mexico takes the pitch. Or at least that's my assumption. They're as unrecognizable in their red warmups as ManU is today in their whites.

25 minutes till kickoff: Ecuador takes the pitch to warm up. A few yellow, blue and red flags fly. But these guys are clearly in the role of the Washington Generals today -- mostly just the guys providing the opposition for Mexico.

Differences from Sounders game: Duller shade of green in the crowd, and nonstop vuvuzelas.

Pregame: One of the great things about international soccer is the color and the passion. There's plenty of both on display in Seattle's SoDo district today as we count down to the 1 p.m. kickoff between Mexico and Ecuador.

I'll keep this blog open for pregame, in game and postgame news. Probably next up: lineups.

The vast majority of supporters in the crowd of 50,305 at Qwest Field today cheered and chanted for a victory by the Mexican national team.

And while they saw El Tri dominate, they had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the soccer friendly with Ecuador.

“We always like to win, and we were prepared for that,” Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre said thought a translator. “The team functioned well. The rival placed themselves well and complicated our motions. But I’m calm. I know there is room for improvement, and we’ll keep practicing.”

Mexico dominated the early going and broke ahead in the seventh minute, as Jorge Torres Nilo trickled the ball across the line from a cluster of green shirts front of the goal following a corner kick.

“Maybe the first few minutes we were not focused on a set piece play,” Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda said via translator. “… The good thing is that it can be fixed and we have motivation to do so.”

Ecuador drew even in the 37th minute, as Michael Arroyo beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from 23 yards.

Mexico dominated with 14 shots to two by Ecuador. Giovani Dos Santos and Aldo De Nigris had especially good chances in the final 10 minutes, but put each over the crossbar.

“We have to be more effective, and we had to convert,” de la Torre said. “We had a few opportunities, but we could not convert them.”

Mexico is 2-0-2 on this United States tour leading up to the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition. The tour will conclude Wednesday in Denver against New Zealand.

“I had not been to Seattle,” de la Torre said. “I can say that I like it. I would have preferred to stay more, and maybe see the attractions, but that’s how football is sometimes. You get to see the stadium, hotels and airports, and then go back.”

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