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2014 World Cup: Ecuador Announces 23-Man Roster

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The Ecuador Men’s National Team released their 30-man provisional roster for the 2014 World Cup on Wednesday May 14th. Head Coach Reinaldo Reuda is the man in charge of an Ecuadorian team that failed to make the 2010 World Cup.

Ecuador’s roster includes five players from the squad that made the 2006 World Cup, including Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia. Seven players play in Liga MX, including Enner Valencia and Tijuana players Jaime Ayoví and Fidel Martínez.

There is also one player on the squad that plays in MLS, Oswaldo Minda. Minda represented Ecuador at the 2011 Copa América. This is his third season as a midfielder for Chivas USA, he has scored two goals in his MLS career. He will hope to make the final 23-man roster, which must be submitted to FIFA by June 2.

The team will be carrying heavy hearts into the tournament after the sudden passing of striker Christian Benitez last July due to cardiac arrest while with his Qatari club El Jaish. His No. 11 jersey has been retired by La Tri.

Ecuador was drawn into Group E with Switzerland, France and Honduras. Their first group stage match will take place against Switzerland on June 15th in Brasilia. They will then travel to Salvador to face France on June 20th. Their final match will be on June 25th when they face Honduras in Rio De Janeiro.

Here is the 30-man provisional roster for Brazil:

Goalkeepers:

Maximo Banguera, Barcelona
Adrian Bone, El Nacional
Alexander Dominguez, LDU Quito

Defenders:

Gabriel Achilier, Emelec
Walter Ayovi, Pachuca
Oscar Bagui, Emelec
Frickson Erazo, Flamengo
Jorge Guagua, Emelec
John Narvaez, El Nacional
Juan Carlos Paredes, Barcelona
Cristian Ramirez, Fortuna Düsseldorf

Midfielder:

Michael Arroyo, Atlante
Segundo Castillo, Al-Hilal
Carlos Gruezo, Stuttgart
Renato Ibarra, Vitesse
Fidel Martinez, Tijuana
Edison Mendez, Santa Fe
Oswaldo Minda, Chivas USA
Christian Noboa, Dinamo Moscow
Pedro Quinonez, Emelec
Luis Saritama, Barcelona
Antonio Valencia, Manchester United

Forwards:

Jaime Ayovi, Tijuana
Felipe Caicedo, Al-Jazira
Angel Mena, Emelec
Jefferson Montero, Morelia
Cristian Penilla, Barcelona
Joao Rojas, Cruz Azul
Enner Valencia, Pachuca
Armando Wila, Universidad Catolica

Related Links:

2014 World Cup: France Announce 23-Man Roster
2014 World Cup: Honduras Announce 23-Man Roster
2014 World Cup: Switzerland Announce 23-Man Roster

Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.

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