International round-up

continued his outstanding form for Ecuador with three goals in two matches during the international break.

USA looked set to give Landon Donovan the perfect send-off when they took a first half lead through Mix Diskerud. But Valencia had other ideas and his goal - his ninth in just 16 internationals - gave Ecuador a share of the spoils.

First, the striker collected a pass just inside the penalty area and calmly slotted home to put his country 2-0 up after 18 minutes. Into the second half and Valencia calmly side-stepped one defender before holding off another and sliding a shot into the bottom right-hand corner in the 73rd minute.

Meanwhile, Jamie Harney captained Northern Ireland U19 three times but they failed to qualify for the UEFA U19 European Championship Elite Round. The Northern Irish youngsters fell to a 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic in their opening Qualifying Round tie. Harney had the armband on again on Saturday, but the Northern Irish were defeated 5-2 by Russia. Northern Ireland completed their Group 5 fixtures by beating Faroe Islands 3-0 in Belfast on Tuesday 14 October.

<a title="" data-cke-saved-href="/Teams/player?id=66839" href="/Teams/player?id=66839" "="" target="_self">On Sunday 12 October, Reece Burke played the full 90 minutes as England U19 scored an 8-0 win over Luxembourg in Beggen in Group 1of the same qualifying competition. England started their campaign with a 3-0 win over Belarus and take on Belgium in their final group match in Beggen on Wednesday 15 October.