Things are warming up nicely for next weeks World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in the Atahaulpa stadium. Despite the game being at 4pm on Friday afternoon and the capacity of the stadium being decreased to 35,000 the atmosphere should be electric. Alike many South American cities, Quito will come to a stand-still next Friday with many Ecuadorians sporting their bright,yellow shirts in support of “El Tri”.
The Olympics went by largely without a much notice(apart from Alex Quinonez).Football is where the real interest lies.
On Monday Ecuador coach, Reinaldo Rueda named his squad of 24 to face Bolivia and Uruguay. The one major surprise was the re-inclusion of Felipe Caicedo (Lokomotiv Moscow) who has been out of the international picture since 2011. The squad has a core of home based players but with extra quality from Mexico’s Primeria Division and Europe.
Christian “Chucho” Benitez is on fire for Club America and is normally Ecuador’s main goal threat however he will be suspended for the Bolivia game after picking up a yellow card against Colombia. This is a severe problem for Ecuador as Benitez is their attacking spear and the focal point for the team. Usually Valencia, Montero or Quinonez will bomb down the wings and cross for the physical Benitez to muscle his way into a goal-scoring chance, someone else will now have to step in.
ECUADOR SQUAD FOR GAMES AGAINST BOLIVIA AND URUGUAY
DOMINGUEZ, (LIGA DE QUITO)
BONE, (DEPORTIVO QUITO)
PAREDES, (DEPORTIVO QUITO)
AYOVI, (MONTERREY, MÉXICO)
CALDERON, (LIGA DE QUITO)
GUAGUA, (ATLANTE , MÉXICO)
CASTILLO, (PACHUCA , MÉXICO)
MINDA, (CHIVAS, USA)
QUIÑONEZ, (EL NACIONAL)
SARITAMA, (DEPORTIVO QUITO)
VALENCIA, (MANCHESTER UNITED )
MONTERO, (MORELIA , MÉXICO)
ROJAS, JOAO (MORELIA , MÉXICO)
AYOVI, (AL NASSR,SAUDI ARABI)
CAICEDO, (LOKOMOTIV ,RUSSIA)
IBARRA, (VITESSE, HOLLAND)
Regardless Ecuador will have to play better than they did against Colombia. Although they scrambled to a 1 – 0 win in July this was mainly due to Colombia being so disappointing. Anything less than a win will hamper their qualification chances and put them back in the 5th place mix, especially with a tough trip to Montevideo three days later.
Bolivia are coming off a fine win against Paraguay and as fellow Andeans will not be affected by the altitude. They languish in 7th position and need points to jump-start their campaign.
The squad will not assemble until Thursday after the Ecuadorian teams have completed their 1st ties of the Copa Sudamericana. All teams progressed after tricky first round ties but the competition steps up a level with the inclusion of a higher level of opposition. Despite this each team should be relatively confident of passing into the next round.
|Tuesday, August 28 – 17:15|
|Tuesday, August 28 – 19:45|
|Wednesday, August 29 – 17:15|
|Liga de Loja||vs||Nacional (Uruguay)|
|Thursday, August 30 – 17:15|
|Deportivo Quito||vs||Aurora (Bolivia)|
|Liga de Loja||1 – 2||Liga de Quito|
|Deportivo Cuenca||1 – 2||Barcelona|
|Macará||2 – 0||Técnico Universitario|
|Emelec||1 – 0||Olmedo|
|Independiente del Valle||1 – 0||Manta F.C.|
The Quito derby will be played later because of Deportivo’s involvement in the Copa Sudamericana
|El Nacional||vs||Deportivo Quito|
|5.||Liga de Quito||
|11.||Liga de Loja||