Colombia will be using a mostly domestic-based roster to compete against the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team in the 2016 Olympic qualifying playoff series.
Head coach Carlos Restrepo named his 25-man roster, which includes only five players currently plying their trade abroad. Santos Laguna forward Andres Renteria, who has appeared in nine of the Mexican club’s 10 games this 2016 Clausura campaign, and Rennes midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero headline the foreign-based members of Restrepo’s group.
Jarlan Barrera of Colombian club Junior and Rafael Santos Borre of Deportivo Cal are also two notable inclusions on the roster. Barrera and Borre did well for Colombia in CONMEBOL’s qualifying tournament for this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The U.S. has yet to unveil its roster for the series, but will travel to Barranquilla, Colombia, for the first leg on March 25 before hosting the second leg four days later at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Here is Colombia’s full roster for the upcoming playoff series:
GOALKEEPERS: Alvaro Montero (San Lorenzo, Argentina), Cristian Bonilla (Atletico Nacional), Luis Hurtado (Deportivo Cali)
DEFENDERS: Jherson Vergara (Livorno, Italy), Cristian Borja (Santa Fe), Jaine Barreiro (Santa Fe), Luis Orejuela (Deportivo Cal), Felipe Aguilar (Atletico Nacional), Davinson Sanchez (Atletico Nacional), Yerry Mina (Santa Fe), Deiver Machado (Millonarios), Helibelton Palacios (Deportivo Cali)
MIDFIELDERS: Raul Loaiza (Patriotas), Juan Pablo Nieto (Atletico Nacional), Felipe Roa (Deportivo Cali), Juan Fernando Quintero (Rennes, France), Yony Gonzalez (Junior), Jose Leudo (Deportivo Pasto), Wilmar Barrios (Deportes Tolima), Andres, Jarlan Barrera (Junior)
FORWARDS: Andres Renteria (Santos Laguna, Mexico), Roger Martinez (Racing Club, Argentina), Rafael Santos Borre (Deportivo Cal), Cristian Dajome (Deportes Tolima), Harold Preciado (Deportivo Cali)
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