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Ecuador Callup 25 For Crucial World Cup Clashes

By Juan Arango



MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Antonio Valencia of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 26, 2013 in Manchester, England
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Antonio Valencia of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 26, 2013 in Manchester, England

Life after Chucho Benítez has to continue for the Ecuadorian national team as they prepare to embark on a very tough series of matches that coule make or break their World Cup qualifying pretentions.  He will be a hard player to replace, but the committee that is coming in should put La Tricolor in a favorable position. 

Coach Reinaldo Rueda called up 25 players for the upcoming matches on the road against Colombia and Bolivia.  The big surprise was that of the return of former South American Player of the Year in Joffre Guerrón.  The former Liga de Quito (LDUQ) playmaker has developed into one of the most dangerous players in the Chinese Superleague.  

Add Cruz Azul's Joao Rojas to the mix as well as Morelia's Jefferson Montero and there is a very explosive combination.  As a matter of fact, if you even consider Felipe Caicedo, then the team has a great deal of depth to deal with the heat of Barranquilla as well as acclimate rather well to the extreme altitude of La Paz when they face a moribund Bolivian side.  

Goalkeepers:
Alexander Domínguez (LDUQ), Máximo Banguera (Barcelona SC), Adrián Bone (El Nacional)

Defenders:
Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Óscar Bagüi (Emelec), Gabriel Corozo (LDUQ), Frickson Erazo (Barcelona SC), Jorge Guagua (Dep. Quito), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona SC)  

Midfieldes:
Walter Ayoví (Pachuca-MEX), Segundo Castillo (Al-Hilal-KSA), Edison Méndez (LDUQ), Cristhian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow-RUS), Pedro Quiñónez (Emelec), Luis Fernando Saritama (LDUQ), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United-ENG), Enner Valencia (Emelec), Michael Arroyo (Barcelona SC)

Forwards:
Jaime Ayoví (LDUQ), Felipe Caicedo (Lokomotiv Moscow-RUS), Joffre Guerrón (Beijing Guoan- CHN), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse-NED), Narciso Mina (Club América- MEX), Jefferson Montero (Morelia-MEX), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul-MEX)

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