Five Things to Know About Uruguay

DaMarcus Beasley (above), the youngest player on the USMNT for the 2002 World Cup, connected for the insurance goal in the 40th minute to propel the hosts to a 2-1 win in front of a crowd of 30,413 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on May 12, 2002. Tony Sanneh found the net in the sixth minute.

Jordan Morris scored his first international goal in more than two years in the 79th minute to give the USA a 1-1 draw at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sept. 10, 2019. Brian Rodriguez had given fifth-ranked Uruguay a 50th-minute advantage.

RECENT MATCHES

Under new coach Diego Alonso, the Uruguayans won their final four FIFA World Cup Qualifiers to secure a spot in Qatar, outscoring their foes 8-1 over that stretch.

Uruguay finished in third place in South American World Cup Qualifying. The team will meet Korea Republic, Portugal and Ghana in Group G at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The light blue began its unbeaten run with a 1-0 win in Paraguay on Luis Suarez’s goal in the 50th minute on Jan. 27. They continued with a 4-1 home triumph against Venezuela on Feb. 1 with Rodrigo Bentancur, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Edinson Cavani and Suarez providing the goalsgoals.

On March 24, they punched their ticket to Qatar, defeating Peru 1-0 at home on Giorgian de Arrascaet’s 42na minute tally. Uruguay closed out qualifying with a 2-0 away win as Suarez (79th minute) and Federico Valverde (90th minute) scored late goals.

In its first match since qualifying, Uruguay defeated Mexico met in Glendale, Ariz. on June 2.

MANAGER

Diego Alonso, a former Uruguayan international forward, took over the coaching reins in December 2021. He replaced Oscar Tabarez, who had directed the team for 15 years.

As a player, Alonso collected 114 goals in 325 matches, competing for such teams as Nacional and Penarol in Uruguay, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Racing Santander, Malga and Murcia in Spain, Pumas UNAM in Mexico, Shanghai Shenhua in China and Gimnasia La Plata in Argentina.

After retiring in 2011, Alonso immediately jumped into coaching. He has guided eight teams in 11 years, including Peñarol, Olimpia (Paraguay) and Pachuca and Monterrey in Mexico.

He was Inter Miami’s coach in its inaugural 2021 MLS season but left the club by mutual consent after the campaign.


ROSTER

Manager Diego Alonso selected 28 players the team’s three summer friendlies. His roster of him is highlighted by four veterans with more than 100 international appearances and a pair of promising 17-year-olds.

Edinson Cavani, 35, leads the way with 54 goals in 130 matches. In fact, the Manchester United striker has recorded more international tallies than the rest of the squad combined (41).

At age 36, defender and captain Diego Godín is the oldest and most experienced player internationally with 157 caps. He has played many matches on the backline with 35-year-old Martin Caceres (112 games). There is little doubt the defense is quite experienced with 35-year-old Fernando Muslera (131 caps) handling the goalkeeping duties.

Forward Luis Suarez, 35, who has found the net 68 times in 132 matches, including during the WCQ stretch run, was the most glaring absence from the squad.

Alonso decided to include two Under-20 internationals – defender Alan Matturro and midfielder August Scarone.


URUGUAY ROSTER BY POSITION:

Goalkeepers (3): Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray/TUR; 131/0), Sergio Rochet (Club Nacional/URU; 4/0), Sebastián Sosa (Independiente/ARG 0/0)

Defenders (10): Diego Godín (Atletico Mineiro/BRA; 157/8), Jose Maria Giménez (Atletico Madrid/ESP; 76/8), Ronald Araujo (Barcelona/ESP; 9/0), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Club/POR; 44/1 ), Martin Caceres (Levante/ESP; 112/4), Guillermo Varela (Dinamo Moscow/RUS; 5/0), Damian Suarez (Getafe/ESP; 4/0), Matias Viña (Rome/ITA; 22/0) , Matias Oliveira (Getafe/ESP; 3/0), Alan Matturro (Defensor Sporting; 0/0)

Midfielders (11): Lucas Torreira (Fiorentina/ITA; 0/37), Matias Vecino (Inter/ITA; 3/57), Mauro Arambarri(Getafe/ESP; 0/10), Manuel Ugarte (Sporting Club/POR; 0/2), Fernando Gorriaran (Santos/MEX; 4/0), Georgian de Arrascaeta (Flamengop/BRA; 37/8), Nicolas de la Cruz (River Plate/ARG; 13/0), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid/ESP; 39/4 ), Facundo Pellistri (Deportivo Alaves/ESP; 3/0), Agustin Canobbio (Atletico Paranaens/BRA; 2/0), August Scarone (National; 0/0)

Forwards (4): Diego Rossi (Fenerbahce/TUR; 0/1), Edinson Cavani (Manchester United/ENG; 130/54), Darwin Nuñez (Benfica/POR; 2/9), Maximiliano Gomez (Valencia/ESP; 3/24)

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