Paraguay, which has opened up a commanding six-point lead in the nine-team South American World Cup qualifying group, will bring just about a full squad to the United States for exhibitions against the United States June 4 in Fenton, Mo., and Guatemala in Los Angeles two days later.
Included in the roster is controversial goalie Jose Luis Chilavert, who is currently serving a four-game ban from World Cup qualifying that does not affect his participation in friendly games.
Paraguay's Brazilian coach, Paulo Cesar Carpegiani, will use the trip as the team's final test before the Copa America in Bolivia. Paraguay is off June 8 when the 12th round of the South American qualifying group takes place.
The only first-team players who are unavailable are four Brazilian-based players: Francisco Arce and Catalino Rivarola (Gremio) and Carlos Gamarra and Julio Enciso (Internacional Porto Alegre).
Chilavert, the 1996 South American Player of the Year, scored on a free kick against Argentina but incited a free-for-all when he attacked Colombian Faustino Asprilla in a later qualifier.
The United States has called up Joe-Max Moore in place of the injured Brian McBride for the Paraguay game, for which there will be no U.S. television.
The U.S. also face Israel before it heads to El Salvador for the World Cup '98 qualifier June 29. The game is tentatively set for June 17 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Here is the Paraguayan roster:
Goalkeepers -- Jose Luis Chilavert (Velez Sarsfield, Argentina), Ruben Ruiz Diaz (Monterrey, Mexico), Danilo Aceval (Cerro Porteno).
Defenders -- Pedro Sarabia (Banfield, Argentina), Celso Ayala (River Plate, Argentina), Juan Carlos Villamayor (Cerro Porteno), Ricardo Rojas (Estudiantes, Argentina), Juan Ramon Jara (Rosario Central, Argentina), Francisco Arce (Gremio), Jorge Alcaraz (Cerro Porteno), Arnaldo Espinola (Cerro Porteno).
Midfielders -- Estanislao Struway (Portuguesa, Brazil), Roberto Acuna (Independiente, Argentina), Harles Bourdier (Olimpia), Francisco Esteche (Olimpia), Gustavo Sotelo (Guarani), Richard Gomez (Cerro Porteno).
Strikers -- Derlis Soto (Guarani), Aristides Rojas (Extremadura, Spain), Jose Cardozo (Toluca, Mexico), Hugo Brizuela (Audax Italiano, Chile), Hugo Ovelar (Guarani).
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