Ecuador leaves out Castillo in the final named World Cup squad

Ecuador leaves out Castillo in the final named World Cup squad

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador was the last team to be named among the 32 at the World Cup, and coach Gustavo Alfaro didn’t include a player that would put the team’s presence in the tournament in doubt.

Alfaro announced his squad on Monday evening, close to the deadline, and did not include defender Byrne Castillo despite all the legal problems Ecuadorian football officials had in March.

Chile and Peru argued against sports officials that Castillo was actually Colombian and had illegally played several World Cup qualifiers. The claim was rejected and Ecuador were allowed to play in Group A alongside hosts Qatar, Senegal and the Netherlands.

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Ecuador and Qatar will start the competition on Sunday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled last week that Ecuador will lose three points ahead of the start of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup because false information about Castillo’s birth and place of birth was used to give him a passport. to give

Alfaro called on striker Kevin Rodriguez, who plays in Ecuador’s second division.

Ecuador will qualify for the World Cup for the fourth time this century.

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Ecuador:

Goalkeepers: Moise Ramirez (Independiente del Valle), Alexander Dominguez (Liga de Quito), Hernan Galandez (Ocas).

Defenders: Piero Hincapi (Bayer Leverkusen), Robert Arboleda (Sao Paulo), Provis Estupinan (Brighton), Angelo Preciado (Genk), Jackson Poroso (Truise), Xavier Arriaga (Seattle Sounders), Diego Palacios (Los Angeles), Felix Torres (Santos Laguna), William Pacho (Royal Antwerp).

Midfielders: Carlos Griezho (Augsburg), Jose Cifuentes, Jagson Mendez (Los Angeles), Moises Cacido (Brighton), Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton), Alan Franco (Talliers), Angel Mena (Lyon), Ayrton Preciado (Santos), Gonta (Santos) (Valladolid), Romario Ibarra (Pachuca).

Forwards: Jurkef Riasco (Newell’s Old Boys), Ener Valencia (Fenerbahçe), Kevin Rodriguez (Imbabura), Michael Estrada (Cruz Azul).

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