"It was a great opponent that we faced, which gave us great motivation, said Coach Reinaldo Rueda. "It was a strong commitment that we had in a very important game against a Chile team that's leading the qualifiers."
The crowd was filled with fans rooting for Ecuador, thanks to the 100,000 Ecuadorians living in Queens, the largest population of Ecuadorians in the United States.
"It's very rewarding to play before so many fans who are rooting for us," said Rueda.
Chile, the higher ranked team by five spots, didn’t show any signs of its ranking, losing the game by three goals while scoring none. Ecuador, the lower ranked team at 20th in the world, showed that maybe rankings don’t quite matter.
Chile Coach Claudio Borghi noted that not having all of the regular players for the national team was tough, and had an impact on the game against Ecuador.
"No question, it is more difficult without the full national team," he said. "But you have the opportunity to look at many players, too."
Narciso Mina, Jaime Ayovi and Jefferson Montero were Ecuador’s scorers, scoring in the 10th, 14th and 67th minutes to take the win.
Antonio Valencia penetrated on right wing and sent a pass to the middle of the penalty area, where Mina was in position to score the team’s first goal.
Ecuador pressed again with its aggressive offensive strategy, and Valencia again made a beautiful pass to Ayovi, whose low skidder from 20 yards avoided goalkeeper Miguel Angel Pinto’s defense.
Ecuador’s aggressive attack did not stop, almost scoring again in the 30th minute of the game, but Pinto blocked Ayovi’s left footed drive.
Chile’s best effort came three minutes later during a scramble. Alexander Dominguez made a fantastic save but allowed a not-so-fantastic rebound.
Chile couldn’t convert as Humberto Suazo was whistled for being in Dominguez’s way at the goal line. Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez drew a yellow card for dissent, showing Chile’s frustration.
The last goal came from a long kick over Chile’s defenders to Montero, who scored over Pinto’s head.
After Ecuador’s last goal things got rough, and players started shoving and arguing, leading to multiple yellow cards. Referee Terry Vaughn handed out six cautions.
Ecuador will play at home against Bolivia in its next World Cup qualifier.
"Give much credit to the Ecuador team," Borghi said. "Ecuador was the better team tonight.”