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Akron Alumni connect for last minute goal in 1-0 Win Over Ecuador

It ended up being great timing, both for Darlington Nagbe and Cleveland sports fans. The half-time intermission of the Cavaliers game provided the perfect viewing window for the last 10 minutes of the USMNT’s friendly match with Ecuador. What was a hard fought, gritty defensive game was in its final minute before stoppage time when a pair of University of Akron Alumni partnered up to put the ball on net and the goal snatched up a win. A run by Alejandro Bedoya led to a beautiful cross by DeAndre Yedlin. An ineffective clearance by the Ecuadorian defender and a header from team-mate Bobby Wood brought the ball to the chest of Nagbe, who skillfully played the ball to his foot and hit the low skidding shot past the keeper. Nagbe, a graduate of St. Edward’s high school in Cleveland nabbed his first goal for his country in just his sixth appearance for Jürgen Klinsmann. Nagbe played his college soccer at the University of Akron, winning a national championship with the team in 2010.