Late Canada goal secures draw against Ecuador

Tosaint Ricketts scored in second half stoppage time to lift Canada into a 2-2 draw with Ecuador on Wednesday in the Canadians' final preparation for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

While the Ecuadorans were arguing a free-kick call with the referee, Canada took a quick kick that set up Ricketts with the equaliser, his first goal for the national team.

Canada achieved its best result with Ecuador, having lost all three prior meetings, and did so before a crowd largely comprised of Ecuadoran supporters.

Canada's Terry Dunfield opened the scoring in the first half but Christian Benitez evened the score for Ecuador with a header in the 62nd minute and team-mate Michael Arroyo put Ecuador ahead two minutes later with a 30-metre shot.

The Canadian side begins the Gold Cup against the host USA on Tuesday.