Coach Félix Sánchez Presents Ecuador’s Call for 2026 World Cup Qualifiers
Three New Additions to Ecuador’s Roster for World Cup Qualifiers
Coach Félix Sánchez has announced the inclusion of three new players in the Ecuadorian national team for the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Chile.
The coach has decided to maintain the formation of the tricolor team that played the first four matches of the South American World Cup. However, there are three new faces in the squad: goalkeeper Javier Burrai from Barcelona SC, defender Leonel Quiñónez, and midfielder Oscar Zambrano from Liga de Quito.
Javier Burrai called up to the Ecuador national team
Javier Burrai, who became a naturalized Ecuadorian citizen in September 2023, has been included in the national team as a replacement for Moisés Ramírez from Independiente del Valle. Ramírez is unable to participate due to “bone overload.” Burrai showcased his skills in the goal during Ecuador’s 0-0 draw against Colombia in the fourth match of the qualifiers.
Ecuador’s Call for World Cup Qualifiers
Goalkeepers: Alexander Dominguez (League), Hernán Galindez (Aucas), Javier Burrai (Barcelona SC)
Defenders: Piero Hincapié (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), William Pacho (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Leonardo Realpe (Bragantino, Brazil), Felix Torres (Santos Laguna, Mexico), Jose Hurtado (Bragantino, Brazil), Angelo Preciado (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic), John Chavez (Independent), Leonel Quiñónez (League), and Robert Arboleda (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Midfielders: Moisés Caicedo (Chelsea, England), Kendry Paez (Independent), Jose Cifuentes (Rangers FC, Scotland), Oscar Zambrano (League), Alan Franco (Atletico Mineiro, Brazil), Angel Mena (León, Mexico), Junior Sornoza (Independent), John Yeboah (Rakow Czestochowa, Poland), Joao Ortiz (Independent), and Carlos Gruezo (San José Earthquakes, United States).
Forwards: Kevin Rodriguez (Union St. Gilloise, Belgium), Jordy Caicedo (Atlas, Mexico), Enner Valencia (International, Brazil), and Jhojan Julio (League).
La Tri will face Venezuela in Maturín on Sunday for the fifth match of the qualifiers. On Tuesday the 21st, they will host the Chilean team in Quito.
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