Ecuador head coach Reinaldo Rueda has announced 30-man provisional roster for the 2014 World Cup, headlined by Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia.
When Ecuador cuts their team down to 23 players, they’ll have to make most of their cuts in midfield and up top. They’ve only brought three goalkeepers and don’t have a huge group of defenders in camp, but they’ll probably cut half of their forwards and a couple of midfielders.
As a note, everyone listed below as playing for Barcelona plays for the club of that name in Ecuador, not Spain.
Uncapped Stuttgart midfielder Carlos Gruezo, 19, is also in head coach Reinaldo Rueda’s squad, which will have to be trimmed to 23 men by 2 June.
There are also three uncapped domestic-based strikers in the squad, Cristian Penilla, Angel Mena and Armando Wila.
Rueda’s side meet Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands in a friendly on Saturday, where former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo is expected to lead the line.
The South American country are in Group E with Switzerland, France and Honduras.
Goalkeepers: Maximo Banguera (Barcelona SC), Alexander Dominguez (LDU Quito), Adrian Bone (El Nacional).
Defenders: Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Jorge Guagua, Jhon Narvaez, Oscar Bagui, Gabriel Achilier (all Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Pachuca), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona SC), Cristian Ramirez (Fortuna Duesseldorf).
Midfielders: Segundo Castillo (Al-Hilal), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), Cristian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), Pedro Quinonez (Emelec), Luis Saritama (Barcelona SC), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Edison Mendez (Independiente Santa Fe), Fidel Martinez (Tijuana), Oswaldo Minda (Chivas USA), Michael Arroyo (Atlante).
Forwards: Felipe Caicedo (Al-Jazira), Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Armando Wila (Universidad Catolica, Ecuador), Jaime Ayovi (Tijuana), Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Cristian Penilla (Barcelona SC), Angel Mena (Emelec).
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