Ecuador National Football Team Copa America 2019
An early candidate for qualification to Russia 2018, Ecuador saw their World Cup chances go up in smoke thanks to a disastrous end to their campaign. Four straight defeats in the last four matches, including that famous Messi-assisted 3-1 reverse against Argentina, saw the Tricolor squander a golden chance to make their second consecutive finals after featuring in Brazil in 2014.
Recent results, however, seem to signal that their horrific late run was a blip. In 2018 Ecuador won four of their six friendlies, introducing in the process several new names. Minnesota United’s Romeo Ibarra stood out in midfield, while they can still count on widemen Antonio Valencia and Jefferson Montero who have proved a daunting prospect for many a South American defense working in tandem over the years.
A group also including Uruguay, Japan and Chile, however, will not be easy for the Tricolor, who will have to be at their best in all three matches if they are to have a chance of progressing out of Group C.
Goalkeepers: Alexander Domínguez, Máximo Banguera, Pedro Ortíz
Defenders: Juan Carlos Paredes, Gabriel Achilier, Cristian Ramírez, Robert Arboleda, Ángelo Preciado, Beder Caicedo, Xavier Arreaga, Jackson Porozo
Midfielders: Antonio Valencia, Renato Ibarra, Christian Noboa, Carlos Gruezo, Jefferson Orejuela, Romario Ibarra, Jhegson Méndez, Jefferson Intriago
Forwards: Enner Valencia, Ángel Mena, Leonardo Campana, Jhojan Julio