Paraguay reveals Copa America Centenario final roster
Paraguay manager Ramon Diaz has called on a veteran, mostly North and South America-based roster for Copa America Centenario.
Only five of Paraguay's 23-man squad are based in Europe, with a heavy contingent from Liga MX and Paraguay, Argentina and Chile's domestic leagues. Seattle Sounders forward Nelson Valdez is the only U.S.-based player and will be part of a potentially dangerous attack, which features 34-year-old veteran and Malaga forward Roque Santa Cruz and Queretaro's Edgar Benitez. World Cup and Copa America veteran Lucas Barrios misses out on the competition.
22-year-old talents Derlis Gonzalez and Juan Manuel Iturbe (who switched allegiances from Argentina in March) round out the attack, which will test the defenses of Group A foe Colombia, Costa Rica and the United States.
Here is Paraguay's roster in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Diego Barreto (Olimpia), Antony Silva (Cerro Porteño), Justo Villar (Colo Colo)
DEFENDERS: Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians), Gustavo Gomez (Lanus), Blas Riveros (Olimpia), Miguel Samudio (America), Paulo Da Silva (Toluca), Bruno Valdez (Cerro Porteño), Ivan Piris (Udinese)
MIDFIELDERS: Miguel Almiron (Lanus), Celso Ortiz (AZ Alkmaar), Robert Piris Da Motta (Olimpia), Rodrigo Rojas (Cerro Porteño), Oscar Romero (Racing Club), Victor Ayala (Lanus)
FORWARDS: Edgar Benitez (Queretaro), Jorge Benitez (Cruz Azul), Derlis Gonzalez (Dynamo Kiev), Juan Manuel Iturbe (Bournemouth), Dario Lezcano (Ingolstadt), Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga), Nelson Valdez (Seattle Sounders)