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Paraguay reveals Copa America Centenario final roster

Roque Santa Cruz, Juan Manuel Iturbe, Derlis Gonzalez and Edgar Benitez will lead Paraguay's attack at Copa America Centenario.

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:

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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)