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Core of World Cup stars remains
March 18th, 2011 5:49PM

TAGS:  men's national team


[PARAGUAY] Seven starters from the team that fell to eventual champion Spain, 1-0, in the 2010 World Cup are among the players called up by Coach Gerardo Martino for Paraguay's international friendlies against Mexico March 26 in Oakland, Calif., and the United States three days later in Nashville, Tenn. The 20 players represent clubs in 10 different countries.

Paraguay Squad:
Goalkeepers: *Justo Villar (Valladolid), Diego Barreto (Cerro Porteno).
Defenders: *Paulo Da Silva (Real Zaragoza), Victor Hugo Mareco (Brescia), Marcos Caceres (Racing), *Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan), Aureliano Torres (San Lorenzo), *Dario Veron (UNAM), Miguel Samudio (Libertad).
Midfielders: &Enrique Vera (Liga de Quito), Marcelo Estigarribia (Newell's Old Boys), Osmar Molinas (Olimpia), *Cristian Riveros (Sunderland), Nestor Ortigoza (San Lorenzo), Celso Ortiz (AZ), *Edgar Barreto (Atalanta).
Forwards: Osvaldo Martinez (Monterrey), *Oscar Cardozo (Benfica), Edgar Benitez (Pachuca), &Lucas Barrios (Borussia Dortmund).

*Starter against Spain in 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.
&Substitute against Spain in 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.

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