The United States Men's Soccer team will play for a spot in the Copa America Centenario final after an impressive 2-1 win over Ecuador.
Clint Dempsey scored in the first half and assisted in the clinching goal finished by Gyasi Zardes.
With the win, the United States has already equaled its best finish in Copa America history after finishing fourth in 1995.
However, given the United States' defensive prowess as of late, there is no reason to believe the U.S. isn't gunning for that spot in the final.
The United States took control early on with Bobby Wood giving the Ecuadorian back line fits from the opening whistle. The pressure paid off in the 22nd minute when he held a ball deep in the offensive zone and passed it off to Jermaine Jones who whipped a ball into the box that Dempsey finished marvelously with the head for the 1-0 lead.
The score stayed that way into halftime with Wood continuing his havoc on the Ecuador defense and the U.S. looking for the counter attack goal.
But the game took a turn in the 51st minute when Jones was involved in a double red card situation following a Antonio Valencia foul on Alejandro Bedoya. The referee sent Valencia off with his second yellow card and then seconds later showed Jones red card, leaving both teams with 10 men.
The United States took advantage of the open space first when Dempsey muscled a ball through three Ecuador defenders and toward Zardes who tapped the ball into the net for the 2-0 lead.
Ecuador's urgency increased even further from that point, and a set piece deep in U.S. territory set up their goal -- a bullet off the foot of Michael Arroyo from 20 yards out.
The United States was able to withstand the storm from there on out and hold on to the victory and a spot in the semifinals.
Turning point: The 51st minute served as an odd point in the match when Jones and Valencia were both shown red cards. In the short term, the open space allowed the United States to score the game-winning goal. In the long term -- meaning the Copa America semifinals -- the U.S. will be without Jones and Wood who was shown a yellow shortly after the restart following the red cards. Wood has accumulated too many yellows and will have to sit out a game.
Man of the Match: It's been a breakout tournament for John Brooks. The center forward was spectacular against Ecuador. Up until the shot by Arroyo, the United States was in line for a third straight shutout. Brooks is a big reason why the United States stands a chance to make history and reach the Copa America final.
Up next: It's a bit of a waiting game for the United States -- and a somewhat frightening one at that. The U.S. awaits the winner of the Argentina-Venezuela match. The United States will play its semifinal on June 21 at NRG Stadium in Houston.