Ecuador has named its 23-man squad for this summer's Copa America, headlined by Manchester United's Antonio Valencia and Club America's Christian Benitez. Of the 23 players, 16 play their club ball in Ecuador. Three players play in Europe and four in Mexico, including Benitez, who led the Primera Division in scoring last season.
Grouped with Brazil, Paraguay and Venezuela in Group B, Ecuador will have a tough road to the knockout stage, but after coming just one point short of a spot in the 2010 World Cup, they are a dangerous team. In 2007 Copa America Ecuador lost all three of their matches by a single goal and were eliminated in the group stages with zero pints.
Ecuador will open their Copa America campaign on July 3 against Paraguay in Sante Fe, Argentina.
Goalkeepers: Marcelo Elizaga (Deportivo Quito), Maximo Banguera (Barcelona), Alexander Domenguez (Liga de Quito).
Defenders: Neicer Reascos (Liga de Quito), Norberto Araujo (Liga de Quito) Giovanni Caicedo (Liga de Quito), Diego Calderon (Liga de Quito), Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Luis Checa (Deportivo Quito), Frickson Erazo (El Nacional), Walter Ayovi (Monterrey).
Midfielders: Segundo Castillo (Deportivo Quito), Oswaldo Tilson Minda (Deportivo Quito), Luis Fernando Saritama (Deportivo Quito), Michael Arroyo (San Luis), Edison Mendez (Emelec), Cristian Noboa (Rubin Kazan), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), David Quiroz (Emelec).
Forwards: Jaime Ayovi (Toluca, Mexico), Christian Benitez (America), Felipe Caicedo (Levante), Mina Narciso (Independiente del Valle).