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Joao Plata had a great second half against the United States

Joao Plata's not in this photo, but at least it's descriptive.
Joao Plata's not in this photo, but at least it's descriptive.
Jim Rogash

Joao Plata played the second half for Ecuador against the United States in a 1-1 draw tonight, giving him 45 more minutes than either Real Salt Lake player with the USMNT.

Plata was an impressive attacking option on the left side for Ecuador, and he had two distinct opportunities that could have resulted in goals.

The first saw him break past a horrible, static American defense, only to be whistled incorrectly for being offside. Tim Ream — who inexplicably keeps getting minutes for the U.S. — kept Plata very well onside, and Plata was through one-on-one with Guzan.

The second saw him make Omar Gonzalez look amateurish, which is something we quite enjoy here, even if it did lead to a dangerous spot for the United States.

A few moments saw Plata burst past United States right back Timmy Chandler, who wasn't particularly good against him and went down easily when Plata was slightly (not substantially) physical in his attacking.