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Dempsey, Zardes lead US over Ecuador 2-1, into Copa semis

Another benchmark for the United States. Another huge goal for Clint Dempsey.

As unlikely as it seemed a few weeks ago, the U.S. is in the semifinals of the Copa America.

Dempsey scored for the third straight game and set up Gyasi Zardes for a tap-in goal, boosting the United States into the Copa America semifinals with a wild 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday night.

"Clint is special," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "He showed that tonight. He showed that the last couple of weeks. He showed that throughout his entire career."

Playing before a boisterous and almost completely partisan home crowd of 47,322 in the soccer-mad Pacific...