Ecuador soccer manager Suarez calls up B-team striker
Ecuador's national soccer team manager, Colombia's Luis Fernando Suarez, told media on Tuesday he had called up Edmundo Zura, the leading goalscorer for the nation's B team to play in a friendly against Brazil.
Zura, 23, has scored 15 goals for that team and has played for league team Deportivo Imbabura since 2002. He is one of three strikers Suarez has chosen for the Stockholm, Sweden match.
Zura's presence, and the absence of leading World Cup players Carlos Tenorio, now at Qatar's Al Saad, and Cristhian Lara, of Doha's Al Wakra, is considered a surprise by Ecuador soccer media.
Zura was born in Chalguayacu, some 220 km north of Quito, and began as a minor league player in Liga de Quito and El Nacional.
Saurez told media he wanted to give new soccer players a chance, with an eye to future international competitions. He has given another newcomer, Rorys Aragon, who plays for Belgium's Standar de Leija, a turn in goal.
Ecuador's team will meet for practice on Saturday afternoon, and then fly to Europe on Saturday night. The team's match against Brazil is the following Tuesday at Stockholm's Rasunda Stadium.
The remainder of the team is as follows:
Ulises de la Cruz, Ivan Hurtado, Luis Antonio Valencia, Segundo Castillo, Luis Fernando Saritama, Edison Mendez, Felix Borja and Felipe Caicedo -- all from Nacional.
Christian Mora, Jairo Montano, Paul Ambrossi, Jose Aguirre, Jose Luis Perlaza, Giovanni Espinoza, Edwin Tenorio, Patricio Urrutia and Ivan Kaviedes -- from a variety of Ecuadorian teams.
Suarez did not call up any players from El Nacional because they are due to play Mexico's Toluca, in the Quito's Atahualpa Stadium as part of the Copa Sudamerica.
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