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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ecuador Men's National Soccer Team News

September 8, 2015 - Miler Bolanos scores in win over Honduras
"Ecuador's national team defeated Honduras 2-0 in a friendly game played in the city of Quito in preparation for Russia's 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Defenseman Jose Velasquez scored his own goal in the 13th minute to take the lead for the local team at the Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and while striker Miler Bolanos closed the account in the 35th minute." - CONMEBOL

June 19, 2015 - Miller Bolanos & Enner Valencia score in win over Mexico
"Ecuador sent Mexico crashing out of the Copa America while giving themselves at least a slim chance of making the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win. Gustavo Quinteros’ side now need a heavy win from Paraguay against Uruguay, as well as some other results in the other groups, to claim a place in the quarter-finals after what was their best display of the tournament. Miller Bolanos scored the opener for Ecuador, with Enner Valencia doubling his side’s advantage just before the hour mark. Raul Jimenez halved the deficit from the penalty spot soon after, but Mexico couldn’t find an equaliser." - EuroSport

June 6, 2015 - Fidel Martinez scores brace in win over Panama
"Ecuador trounced Panama 4-0 with two goals from Fidel Martinez in Guayaquil.... Ecuador, who are Chile's opponents in the tournament's opening match in Santiago on Friday, also ran up a 3-0 lead in the first half. Striker Miller Bolanos scored the first from a pass by tricky winger Jefferson Montero after he had beaten two defenders in the box in the 26th minute. Martinez then scored twice in eight minutes, first from Montero's pass then with a header from left back Walter Ayovi's cross. Seven minutes into the second half, Montero added the fourth for Ecuador, who also meet Mexico and Bolivia in their group." - Yahoo

June 1, 2015 - Copa America roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Alexander Domínguez (Liga de Quito), Esteban Dreer (Emelec), Librado Azcona (Independiente del Valle)
  • Defenders: Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford), Frickson Erazo (Gremio), Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Jhon Narváez (Emelec), Oscar Bagüí (Emelec), Walter Ayoví (Pachuca), Arturo Mina (Independiente del Valle), Mario Pineida (Independiente del Valle)
  • Midfielders: Christian Noboa (PAOK), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse), Michael Arroyo (América), Pedro Quiñónez (Emelec), Osbaldo Lastra (Emelec), Fidel Martínez (Pumas), Jonathan Gonzáles, (Universidad de Guadalajara), Juan Cazares (Banfield)
  • Forwards: Enner Valencia (West Ham), Jaime Ayoví (Godoy Cruz), Jefferson Montero (Swansea), Miller Bolaños (Emelec)
October 14, 2014 - Joao Plata & Enner Valencia each score brace in win over beat El Salvador
"Joao Plata and Enner Valencia had two goals apiece, and Ecuador beat El Salvador 5-1 on Tuesday night to get a win for Ivan Hurtado in his final appearance with the national team.
The 40-year-old Hurtado left in the 42nd minute to a large ovation from the partisan crowd at Red Bull Arena. The defender is retiring after a team-record 168 appearances.... Plata, who plays for Real Salt Lake, gave Ecuador the lead in the 16th minute when his shot from 25 yards deflected off Salvadoran defender Nestor Renderos and looped over goalkeeper Henry Hernandez. Valencia capitalized on a giveaway by Hernandez 2 1/2 minutes later and then helped set up Plata in the 25th. Rafael Burgos converted a penalty kick in first-half injury time for El Salvador after Juan Carlos Paredes was called for a hand ball. But Valencia restored the three-goal margin in the 73rd, and second-half sub Cristian Penilla finished the scoring in the 83rd." - Star-Telegram
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September 29, 2014 - Joao Plata called up
"Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata has been called in to the Ecuadorian national team for the second time this year, and this time he might get his chance to play against the United States. The Ecuadorian Football Federation announced Monday that the 22-year-old Plata has been called in for the team's matches against the US and El Salvador next month. Plata was last called for the team's matches against Bolivia and Brazil earlier this month and logged 21 minutes against Bolivia, the second cap of his career. He made his debut with the team in June 2011. Plata has 13 goals and five assists for RSL this season,and recently came in at No. 7 on's 24 Under 24 rankings." - MLS

September 6, 2014 -  Noboa, Cazares, Valencia & Sornoza score in win over Bolivia
"Christian Noboa, Juan Cazares, Enner Valencia and Junior Sornoza scored goals in Ecuador's 4-0 victory over Bolivia in an exhibition game Saturday night. Cazares also had an assist. Ecuador opened the scoring in the ninth minute on Noboa's goal. Renato Ibarra made a cross to Noboa in the center of the box and his shot went off the hands of goalkeeper Daniel Vaca and rolled slowly into the goal. Ecuador made it 2-0 when Cazares took a shot from 25 yards out curled to the far post and into the net in the 33rd minute. Valencia scored in the 65th minute. Valencia found an opening in the left corner of the net after taking a pass from Joao Rojas. Sornoza's shot from the center of the box beat Vaca in the 83rd minute." - USA Today

June 20, 2014 - Enner Valencia doubles in win over Honduras 
"Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup. Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E with a game remaining against group-leading France, which has tallied eight goals and conceded two in a pair of dominating wins. Honduras took the lead in the 31st minute with its first World Cup goal in 32 years when Carlo Costly latched onto a long ball following a misjudgment from Ecuador defender Jorge Guagua.... Valencia equalized three minutes later, tapping in with his left foot from close range after Brayan Beckeles had failed to clear a cross from the right.... The second half was far less frenzied than the opening 45 minutes and Valencia's winner came in the 65th minute when he out-jumped the Honduras defense to head home a left-sided free kick from Walter Ayovi." - Denver Post 

June 8, 2014 - Castillo out, Minda in
"Chivas USA midfielder Oswaldo Minda has been officially named to Ecuador's 23-man roster for the World Cup. Originally named one of seven alternates to the squad by Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda last month, Minda was not expected to be headed to the World Cup, especially considering he was not part of La Tri's training camp and friendlies ahead of the tournament. But because midfielder Segundo Castillo picked up a knee injury in a collision with Luis Montes in Ecuador's friendly against Mexico last week (one that knocked Montes out of the World Cup as well with a badly broken leg), Rueda called in Minda to replace Castillo." - The Goat Parade

June 2, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • Maximo Banguera (Barcelona SC)
  • Alexander Dominguez (LDU Quito)
  • Adrian Bone (El Nacional)
  • Frickson Erazo (Flamengo)
  • Jorge Guagua
  • Oscar Bagui
  • Gabriel Achilier (all Emelec)
  • Walter Ayovi (Pachuca)
  • Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona SC)
  • Segundo Castillo (Al-Hilal)
  • Carlos Gruezo (VfB Stuttgart)
  • Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem)
  • Cristian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow)
  • Luis Saritama (Barcelona SC)
  • Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
  • Edison Mendez (Independiente Santa Fe)
  • Michael Arroyo (Atlante)
  • Felipe Caicedo (Al-Jazira)
  • Jefferson Montero (Morelia)
  • Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul)
  • Fidel Martinez
  • Jaime Ayovi (both Tijuana)
  • Enner Valencia (Pachuca)

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