Uruguay find themselves in the middle of a generational switch. Just by saying that, no one is implying that they will be less of a threat in the coming Copa América. Ten players from their title-winning side back in 2011 are not with the team as they look to defend their crown starting in June. Coach Oscar Washington Tabárez has jettisoned Martín Cáceres due to injury. Players such as Diego Forlán (retired from national team), Diego Pérez, Diego Lugano, Sebastían Abreu, Andrés Scotti, Sebastían Eguren, Mauricio Victorino and Juan Castillo have been essentially been scratched of the list in order to allow a youth movement to continue developing. Barcelona forward Luis Suárez was not called up as he still has so serve the suspension that was imposed on him by FIFA over the incident that occured between him and Giorgio Chiellin during the group stage of the World Cup last year.
The absence of Suárez will put PSG man Edinson Cavani front and center, but it will also be a chance for youngsters like Benfica’s Jonathan Rodríguez and Bordeaux’s Diego Rolán to show Uruguayan fans that they have all the potential to be the individuals that the national team can count on in the future.
In the midfield, Getafe’s Emilian Velázquez and Universidad de Chile man Guzmán Pereira will be looked at to add depth to the midfield that will be anchored by Morelia man Egidio Arévalo Ríos. The most interesting part of this midfield could be that both Nicolás Lodeiro as well as Giorgian de Arrascaeta could be the attacking midfielders behind Cavani and any of the forwards that would accompany him up top.
Another player that has raised a great deal of praise is River Plate’s Carlos Sánchez. His arrival to the national side has offered a great deal of dynamic down the wing and he can also drop back to defend.
Uruguay will be playing in Group B and will debut against Jamaica in Antofagasta on June 13, then will clash against Argentina in La Serena three days later. La Celeste will finalize group play on June 20 when they face Paraguay in Viña del Mar.
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray/TUR), Martin Silva (Vasco de Gama/BRE), Rodrigo Múñoz (Libertad/PAR)
Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica/POR), Matias Aguirregaray (Peñarol), José María Giménez (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Diego Godin (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Sebastian Coates (Sunderland /ENG), Emiliano Velázquez (Getafe/ESP), Gaston Silva (Torino/ITA), Álvaro Pereira (Sao Paulo/BRA), Mathias Corujo (Universidad de Chile/CHI), Jorge Fucile (Nacional).
Midfielders: Álvaro Gonzalez (Torino/ITA), Carlos Sánchez (River Plate/ARG), Camilo Mayada (River Plate/ARG) Egidio Arévalo Rios (Morelia/MEX), Walter Gargano (Napoli/ITA), Guzmán Pereira (Universidad de Chile/CHL), Nicolas Lodeiro (Boca Juniors/ARG), Cristián Rodriguez (Grêmio/BRE), Giorgián De Arrasacaeta (Cruzeiro/BRA).
Forwards: Christian Stuani (Espanyol Barcelone/ESP), Abel Hernandez (Hull City/ENG), Edinson Cavani (Paris SG/FRA), Diego Rolán (Bordeaux/FRA), Jonathan Rodríguez (Benfica/POR)