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MLS forwards Moreno, Renteria make Venezuela roster for USA friendly

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Columbus Crew forward Emilio Renteria and Chivas USA forward Alejandro Moreno are among the players called in for Venezuela's friendly against the United States on Jan. 21 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Former New York Red Bulls defender Gabriel Cichero is also part of the 24-man group that will face Mexico in Houston four days later. Like the United States, Venezuela is bringing a younger, more experimental and domestic-based lineup to the match, leaving the likes of former Chivas USA forward and Vinotinto top scorer Giancarlo Maldonado off the roster.

Here is who the United States will go up against in Arizona: 

GOALKEEPERS: Alan Liebeskind (Lara), Leonardo Morales (Anzoategui)

DEFENDERS: Joel Caceres (Lara), Gabriel Cichero (Lens), Javier Gonzalez (Petare), Rubert Quijada (Monagas), Carlos Rivero (Anzoategui), Andres Rouga (Tachira), Carlos Salazar (Anzoategui), Jose Manuel Velazquez (Mineros)

MIDFIELDERS: Angel Chourio (Real Esppor), Diomar Diaz (Petare), Agnel Flores (Mineros), Francisco Flores (Anzoategui), Edgar Perez Greco (Lara), Alejandro Guerra (Mineros), Diego Guerrero (Tachira), Miguel Mea Vitali (Lara)

FORWARDS: Richard Blanco (Petare), Darwin Machis (Mineros), Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA), Hermes Palomino (Cherno More), Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew), Jose Reyes (Anzoategui)


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    What makes you say that about Venezuela, a pretty tough team based on their recent Copa America performance?

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