Chile Announce Squad to face Ghana in the States

La Roja (image: prensafutbol.com)

With a host of big names missing Claudio Borghi has named a predominantly home-based squad for the upcoming friendly with Ghana on Wednesday the 29th of February in Pennsylvania, United States.

Twelve of the 21 players selected ply their trade in the Primera División, and of that 12 half play for Universidad de Chile. And with six first team players called up it has caused a predicament for Jorge Sampaoli with La U pencilled in to play Cobreloa on the28th, a match rescheduled from the opening day.

Of course the ‘Chile 5’ are suspended while injuries have limited defensive options. Yet with 10 goals conceded in four World Cup qualifiers it gives ‘Bichi’ a chance to look at alternative options as he strives to give his expansive system a solid base. Audax Italiano’s Lucas Domínguez and O’Higgins’ Luis Casanova are unfamiliar names that have been given call-ups in defence.

The squad in full:

Goalkeepers 

Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad)
Miguel Pinto (Atlas)

Defenders 

Luis Casanova (O’Higgins)
Lucas Domínguez (Audax Italiano)
José Rojas (Universidad de Chile)
Marcos González (Flamengo)
Osvaldo González (Universidad de Chile)

Midfielders 

Marcelo Díaz (Universidad de Chile)
Rodrigo Millar (Colo Colo)
José Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo)
Matías Campos Toro (Universidad Católica)
Eugenio Mena (Universidad de Chile)
Charles Aránguiz (Universidad de Chile)
Gary Medel (Sevilla)
Cristóbal Jorquera (Genoa)
Matías Fernández (Sporting Lisbon)

Forwards 

Junior Fernándes (Universidad de Chile)
Esteban Paredes, (Colo Colo)
Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona )
Eduardo Vargas (Napoli)
Humberto Suazo (Monterrey)

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