Major League Soccer

Berhalter starts 3-0 as US beats Ecuador

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Gregg Berhalter's vision for the U.S. national team started to unfold as the Americans passed the ball from side to side, played diagonal balls long and short. Possession is his key to success.

The style was more pleasing. But the only goal of night was pretty weird.

Gyasi Zardes's shot from about 25 yards deflected off a defender, looped over a 6-foot-5 goalkeeper and ricocheted in off the crossbar in the 81st minute, giving the U.S. a 1-0 exhibition win over Ecuador on Thursday night. That made Berhalter only the second American coach to win his first three games, the first since Bob Bradley in 2007.