Midfielder Elvis Figueroa (white jersey) was one of nine Real Esteli players called up for a Nicaragua training camp scheduled to start on December 12, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua head coach Henry Duarte extended Wednesday invitations to 25 players for a pre-Copa Centroamericana training camp to be held December 12-22, 2016, in Esteli.
The side features nine members of Nicaraguan champion Real Esteli, which competed in its sixth Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League earlier this year. Among those is midfielder Elvis Figueroa, who scored in a 1-1 draw with visiting FC Dallas on August 24.
A friendly against Costa Rica club Municipal Liberia has been scheduled for December 18, while another encounter is expected to be announced shortly.
The Copa Centroamericana – Central America’s championship for national teams and CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying tournament -- will be played January 13-22, 2016, in Panama. Nicaragua was drawn into Group A along with Honduras (January 13), Panama (Jan. 15) and Belize (Jan. 17).
GOALKEEPERS: Justo Lorente (Real Esteli), Diedritch Tellez (Juventus FC), Roger Sanchez (UNAN Managua)
DEFENDERS: Jason Casco (Real Esteli), Luis Fernando Copete (Real Esteli), Ciryl Herrington (UES/El Salvador), Oscar Lopez (Managua FC), Josue Quijano (Real Esteli), Manuel Rosas (Real Esteli), Alejandro Tapia (Walter Ferretti), Erick Tellez (Diriangen)
MIDFIELDERS: Jason Coronel (Diriangen), Elvis Figueroa (Real Esteli), Brayan Garcia (Real Esteli), Lesther Jarquin (Juventus FC), Marlon Lopez (Real Esteli), Maikel Montiel (UNAN Managua), Luis Peralta (Walter Ferretti), Oscar Urroz (Sporting San Jose/Costa Rica)
FORWARDS: Brayan Bonilla (Sporting San Jose/Costa Rica), Luis Galeano (Real Esteli), Norfran Lazo (Managua FC), Daniel Reyes (UNAN Managua), Alexis Somarriba (Managua FC), Armando Zepeda (Managua FC)