Ecuador World Cup squad 2022: All projected 26 players on La Tri national football team roster for Qatar

Despite some off-the-pitch issues heading into the tournament, Ecuador will travel to the 2022 FIFA World Cup hoping to fight for a spot in the knockout stage.

Ecuador simply wouldn’t start in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, punching above their weight and frustrating South American powerhouses Brazil and Argentina as they picked up points. up and down the round robin qualifying schedule.

This earned La Tri a place in a competitive Group A alongside hosts Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal.

Despite a dispute with Chile over a player potentially ineligible for the World Cup qualifiers, La Tri will indeed contest the World Cup final at the expense of their South American rivals.

MORE: Let’s take a closer look at Ecuador’s group opponents at the FIFA World Cup

Ecuador’s provisional squad for the 2022 World Cup

Manager Gustavo Alfaro had until Friday, October 21 submit an official preliminary list of 35 to 55 players to FIFA, from which he will select his final 26-man roster for Qatar by Monday, November 14.

Ecuador haven’t made a preliminary list available to the public, so this is the list of 39 players who are expected to take part in the final selection.

Position Player club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez LDU Quito (ECU) 35 67
Goalkeeper Hernan Galindez Auca (ECU) 35 12
Goalkeeper Pedro Ortiz Emelec (ECU) 32 6
Goalkeeper Moises Ramirez Independent (ECU) 22 2
Goalkeeper Gonzalo Valley City of Guayaquil (ECU) 26 0
Defender Robert Arbolda Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 32
Defender Xavier Arreaga Seattle Sounders (USA) 28 17
Defender Romario Caicedo Emelec (ECU) 32 2
Defender Byron Castillo Club Leon (MEX) 23 12
Defender Pervis Estupinan Brighton (ENG) 24 28
Defender Piero Hincapie Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 20 21
Defender Fernando Leon Atletico San Luis (MEX) 29 6
Defender William Pacho Royal Antwerp (BEL) 21 0
Defender Diego Palacios LAFC (USA) 23 11
Defender Jackson Porozo Troyes (FRA) 22 5
Defender Angelo Preciado Genk (BEL) 24 25
Defender Felix Torres Santos Laguna (MEX) 25 16
Midfielder Alexander Alvarado LDU Quito (ECU) 23 3
Midfielder Nilson Angulo Anderlecht (BEL) 19 2
Midfielder Dixon Arroyo Emelec (ECU) 30 2
Midfielder Danny Cabezas Independent (ECU) 29 2
Midfielder Moises Caicedo Brighton (ENG) 20 25
Midfielder Michael Carcelen Barcelona (ECU) 25 5
Midfielder Jose Cifuentes LAFC 23 ten
Midfielder Patrickson Delgado Ajax (NED) 19 0
Midfielder Alain Franco Talleres (ARG) 24 23
Midfielder Carlos Gruezo Augsburg (GER) 27 45
Midfielder Jhegson Mendez LAFC (USA) 25 31
Midfielder Joao Rojas Monterrey (MEX) 25 8
Midfielder Jeremy Sarmiento Brighton (ENG) 20 9
Forward Jordy Caicedo UNAL Tigers (MEX) 24 ten
Forward Leonardo Campana Inter Miami (USA) 22 12
Forward Michael Estrade Cruz Azul (MEX) 26 36
Forward Romario Ibarra Pachuca (MEX) 28 24
Forward Angel Mena Club Leon (MEX) 34 45
Forward Gonzalo Plata Real Valladolid (ESP) 21 29
Forward Djorkaeff Reasco Newell’s Old Boys (ARG) 23 3
Forward Antoine Valencia Royal Antwerp (BEL) 19 0
Forward Enner Valencia Fenerbahce (TUR) 32 74

Final roster of 26 players for the World Cup in Ecuador

Cuts will be made at all levels, as Gustavo Alfaro has a number of young players to integrate, and few places to go for other more established players.

Below is a projected final squad of 26 players, assuming all of its players are fit and ready to go.

This will be updated as soon as the final list is confirmed.

Position Player club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez Sports Tolima (ECU) 35 67
Goalkeeper Hernan Galindez Auca (ECU) 35 12
Goalkeeper Moises Ramirez Independent (ECU) 22 2
Defender Robert Arbolda Sao Paulo (BRA) 31 32
Defender Xavier Arreaga Seattle Sounders (USA) 28 17
Defender Byron Castillo Club Leon (MEX) 23 12
Defender Pervis Estupinan Brighton (ENG) 24 28
Defender Piero Hincapie Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 20 21
Defender Diego Palacios LAFC (USA) 23 11
Defender Angelo Preciado Genk (BEL) 24 25
Defender Felix Torres Santos Laguna (MEX) 25 16
Midfielder Alexander Alvarado LDU Quito (ECU) 23 3
Midfielder Dixon Arroyo Emelec (ECU) 30 2
Midfielder Moises Caicedo Brighton (ENG) 20 25
Midfielder Jose Cifuentes LAFC (USA) 23 ten
Midfielder Alain Franco Talleres (ARG) 24 23
Midfielder Carlos Gruezo Augsburg (GER) 27 45
Midfielder Jhegson Mendez LAFC (USA) 25 31
Midfielder Joao Rojas Monterrey (MEX) 25 8
Midfielder Jeremy Sarmiento Brighton (ENG) 20 9
Forward Leonardo Campana Inter Miami (USA) 22 12
Forward Michael Estrade Cruz Azul (MEX) 26 36
Forward Romario Ibarra Pachuca (MEX) 28 24
Forward Angel Mena Club Leon (MEX) 34 45
Forward Gonzalo Plata Real Valladolid (ESP) 21 29
Forward Enner Valencia Fenerbahce (TUR) 32 74

Ecuador national team stars, strengths and weaknesses

Ecuador boss Gustavo Alfaro has a host of young talent to build with as Ecuador begin playing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Alfaro, an Argentine, took over the Ecuadorian side in 2020. He previously managed Boca Juniors, Al-Ahli and Rosario Central among many other teams throughout his 30-year managerial career.

Stars

The most famous player of the Ecuadorian team is Enner Valencia, currently at Turkish side Fenerbahçe. Valencia enjoyed a long Premier League career with West Ham and Everton before spending three seasons in Liga MX with Tigres. He returned to Europe to join Fenerbahçe and has been in fine form this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting three more in nine Turkish Premier League appearances.

There are very few other real stars in this Ecuadorian side, made up mostly of promising young players and other players. Goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez is another experienced player with over 60 international caps, but has bounced from club to club since leaving LDU Quito in 2016, ending a 10-year spell. It also caused him to lose his starting spot at international level, supplanted by Hernan Galindez for some time.

Strengths

The Ecuadorian side have an incredibly deep midfield unit, with plenty of young talent coming forward. 23 years Jose Cifuentes has become a constant presence in midfield, while his 20-year-old teammates at Brighton Moises Caicedo and Jeremy Sarmiento earn playing time both at club and country.

Next to these young guns is a veteran Carlos Gruezo which is a key element in Augsburg in Germany, plus Alfred Franco which becomes a reliable piece at 24 years.

Weaknesses

Ecuador’s attack is led by a star Enner Valencia, but as he gets older, there are very few young players ready to come and take over. at Cruz Azul Michael Estrade has seen time in the striker, but he has just one goal in his last 13 international appearances. Game leader Joao Rojas has a torn ACL, further thinning the attacking ranks.

Ecuador World Cup Group

La Tri will start the World Cup in Group A alongside hosts Qatar, along with European side Netherlands and African stalwarts Senegal.

Ecuador will play the tournament opener against Qatar on November 20 – the only match of the day.

Although there is no real dominant team (the Netherlands were a Pot 2 selection, hosts Qatar being the Pot 1 team), there are also no games where three points can be easily predicted. The hosts are probably the weakest possible opponent, but the host bump is a real and proven danger. The Netherlands and Senegal will both have their sights set on a place in the knockout stage, leaving Ecuador to play the spoilers if they are to reach the coveted round of 16.

World Cup Group A fixtures and schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sun 20 Nov Qatar vs. Ecuador 11am Al Bayt Stadium
Mon 21 Nov Senegal vs Netherlands 11am Al Thumama Stadium
Fri 25 Nov Qatar v Senegal 8am Al Thumama Stadium
Fri 25 Nov Netherlands vs. Ecuador 11am Khalifa International Stadium
Tuesday, November 29 Netherlands v Qatar 10am Al Bayt Stadium
Tuesday, November 29 Ecuador vs Senegal 10am Khalifa International Stadium

Ecuador squad for the World Cup, composition

Gustavo Alfaro has a few decisions to make when selecting his starting lineup.

In goal, he can go with experienced veteran Alexander Dominguez or recent starter Hernan Galindez, who has started the last four World Cup qualifiers as well as the last friendly against Japan.

Young Piero Hincapie is a lock to start at centre-back, but his partner is involved. Veteran Roberto Arboleda is an option, just like MLS Xavier Arreaga.

Up front, the ubiquitous Enner Valencia should start with Angel Mena in support. Romario Ibarra and young Gonzalo Plata should also see significant playing time.

Ecuador plot their starting XI against Qatar

Ecuador projected the starting lineup (4-3-3): Galindez (GK) — Estupinan, Hincapie, Arboleda, B. Castillo — M. Caciedo, Gruezo, Franco — Ibarra, Valencia, Plata.

Can Ecuador replace players on the World Cup roster?

Once the final 26-man roster is official, teams participating in the World Cup can only make changes before the first game of the tournament, and only in extraordinary circumstances.

According to the official tournament rules (page 32), “a player on the final list can only be replaced in the event of serious injury or illness up to 24 hours before the start of his team’s first match”.

The team in question will be required to submit a medical report to FIFA and if the world governing body determines that “the injury or illness is serious enough to prevent the player from participating in the FIFA World Cup”, the replacement will be authorized.

The replacement player must come from the preliminary list of players submitted to FIFA in October.

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