Courtesy Fox News
Group D Schedule (all times ET)
Ecuador vs. Switzerland, noon, June 15
Ecuador vs. Honduras, 6 p.m., June 20
Ecuador vs. France, 4 p.m., June 25
Can’t-Miss Games Switzerland-Ecuador will be an interesting clash of styles, and the winner of that game will take command of the group early on. Switzerland-France pits an old power against a new one. The heat will slow the pace of the game, but the result also will be pivotal. Ecuador-France will decide which team advances.
Need we say more? Players To Watch – Ecuador’s Jefferson Montero should provide speed, tricks and goals from the wing. Captain Antonio Valencia will lead his team from the center of the midfield, instead of out wide, where he plays for Manchester United. Striker Felipe Caciedo must provide the goals and dedicate them to Benitez.
If Ecuador feels like the forgotten man of South American soccer, that’s because it is. Literally. In 2004, Ecuador almost withdrew from the Copa América tournament after a hotel canceled the team’s reservation to make way for Argentina’s national team. “If the hotel doesn't respect our reservation then, logically, we wouldn't have anywhere to stay, so we wouldn't go,” said Luis Chiriboga, president of the Ecuadorian Football Federation at the time. “Logically, it's a question of respect.”
Match Schedule: Ecuador is in Group E, which is essentially a “group of life.”Switzerland awaits Ecuador on June 15, in what will likely be a battle for second spot in the group (assuming France doesn’t collapse as it did in 2010). Then, on June 20, it’s Honduras in a match the Ecuadorians will fancy themselves to win. Finally, Ecuador rounds out group play against France, on June 25.
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