Darlington Nagbe scored his first international goal on a 90th-minute volley, and the United States beat Ecuador 1-0 in a Copa America tuneup on Wednesday night. The U.S. defeated a South American team for just the third time in 21 tries (14 losses, 4 draws) since a March 2007 victory over Ecuador. Wood set up the goal with a headed pass to Nagbe, who chested the ball and then scored with a right-footed shot from about 8 yards that beat Esteban Dreer, who replaced injured starter Alexander Dominguez when the second half began.
Ken Tribbett scored his first career MLS goal in the 75th minute and the Philadelphia Union tied Orlando City 2-2 on Wednesday night. Tranquillo Barnetta started the scoring in the 52nd minute on Philadelphia's first shot on goal. Chris Pontius outjumped his defender to win a diagonal cross and headed it to the back post for an unmarked Barnetta.
Clint Dempsey started up front with Gyasi Zardes on Wednesday night in the United States' exhibition against Ecuador in Dempsey's home state of Texas. Dempsey, who grew up in the East Texas town of Nacogdoches but trained mostly in the Dallas area, is second to Landon Donovan on the career American scoring list with 49 goals. Fabian Johnson started at left back after recovering from a groin injury, his first game action since April 24 with Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
When Thorns coach Mark Parsons phoned Meg Morris last month about possibly coming to Portland, she offered to pay for her own plane ticket and hotel room. While Parsons made no guarantees, it was pretty clear from the start that the midfielder was going to fit right in with the Thorns. ''She was willing to do what it took to get a chance,'' Parsons said.
LONDON (AP) -- Accountancy firm KPMG says Manchester United and Real Madrid are soccer's most valuable clubs, worth an estimated 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion) each.
Ryan Giggs is part of the furniture at Manchester United, and for good reason. To many, he is Mr. Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's imminent appointment as United manager, which British media reported Wednesday is being delayed because of negotiations over his image rights, is set to usher in one of the most exciting eras in its history.