HARRISON, NJ (Oct. 10, 2012) – In a friendly held at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night, Ecuadorian rival clubs C.S. Emelec and Barcelona S.C. played to a 1-1 tie.
The historic game organized by the Ecuadorian Consulate in New Jersey donated all of the ticket proceeds to supporting the Yasuni ITT Trust Fund. For more information about the ITT Trust Fund, please visit: http://yasuni-itt.gob.ec/
The best chance for either side in the opening half fell to Emelec in the 10th minute, as defender Jose Luis Quinonez latched onto a loose ball outside the box and ripped a shot that beat goalkeeper Damian Lanza and ricocheted off the crossbar.
In the second half, both teams searched for the game’s opening goal. In the 53rd minute, Barcelona’s Juan Carlos Ferreyra had a free look from 15-yards-out and his attempt was held by goalkeeper Cristian Arana. Moments after, Emelec’s Pedro Quinonez headed the ball goalbound, but it was cleared off the line by Barcelona defender Victor Valarezo. With 20 minutes to play, Barcelona defender Miguel Ibarra smashed a free kick that Arana dove to tip over.
Emelec found the back of the net first in the 77th minute. Substitute Marlon de Jesus made a darting run down the right wing to the endline and slid a low cross into the box that Walter Iza one-timed in.
However, Barcelona equalized four minutes later. After Barcelona earned a free kick from 20-yards-out, Damian Diaz stepped up and curled it into the top left corner of the goalmouth.
This Ecuadorian derby was last played in the New York Area 20 years ago, when over 15,000 people saw Emelec defeat Barcelona 1-0 at Downing Stadium in Randall’s Island.
Barcelona S.C. 1, C.S. Emelec 1
October 10, 2012 – Red Bull Arena - Harrison, NJ
EME: Walter Iza (Marlon de Jesus) 77’
BAR: Damian Diaz (unassisted) 81’
BAR: Kevin Torres (caution) 36’
EME: Oscar Bagui (caution) 43’
BAR: Michael Quinonez (caution) 62’
EME: Wilson Morante (caution) 66’
EME: Cristian Nasuti (caution) 70’
Barcelona SC – 22-Damian Lanza (GK), 20-Miguel Ibarra, 6-Pablo Saucedo, 14-Jose Amaya, 2-Bryan De La Torre, 10-Damian Diaz, 8-Michael Quinonez (13-Holger Matamoros 69’), 52-Kevin Torres (16-Luis Caicedo 46’), 24-Victor Valarezo, 9-Juan Carlos Ferreyra, 21-Jose Ayovi
Substitutes Not Used: 27-Gerson Cedeno, 19-Christian Cruz, 12-Carlos Antonio Moran, 18-Matias Oyola, 50-Crisofer Suarez
CS Emelec – 25-Cristian Arana (GK), 16-Oscar Bagui (24-Fernando Gimenez 46’), 17-Wilson Morante, 4-Cristian Nasuti, 5-Jose Luis Quinonez, 10-Fernando Gaibor (7-Polo Wila 80’), 13-Angel Mena (8-Marcos Mondaini 61’), 20-Efren Mera (29-Marlon de Jesus 59’), 15-Pedro Quinonez, 14-Enner Valencia, 28-Ronald Campos (11-Walter Iza 75’)
Substitutes Not Used: 1-Wilmer Zumba, 9-Silvano Estacio, 27-Mariano Mina, 26-Pablo Palacios, 6-Carlos Andres Quinonez
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Referee’s Assistants: Albert Calise, TJ Zablocki
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez