Five things to know about Uruguay

DaMarcus Beasley (above), the USMNT’s youngest player for the 2002 World Cup, tied for a lockout in the 40th minute to push the hosts to a 2-1 win in front of a crowd of 30,413 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on May 12, 2002. Tony Sane nets in the minute Sixth.

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

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Under new coach Diego Alonso, the Uruguayans won four FIFA World Cup final qualifiers to secure a place in Qatar, beating their opponents 8-1 in that span.

Uruguay finished third in the South American World Cup qualifiers. The team will meet South Korea, Portugal and Ghana in Group G in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

No Celeste He started his unbeaten career with a 1-0 win in Paraguay over Luis Suarez’s 50th minute goal on 27 January. They went on to win 4-1 at home against Venezuela on 1 February with Rodrigo Bentancur, Georgian de Arrascaeta, Edinson Cavani and Suarez scoring.

On March 24, they hit their ticket to Qatar, defeating Peru 1-0 at home in the 42nd to Georgian de Arrasquet.second abbreviation Minutes harvest. Uruguay finished the qualifiers with a 2-0 win away from home, as Suarez (79th minute) and Federico Valverde (90th minute) scored late goals.

In their first game since the playoffs, Uruguay defeated Mexico and met in Glendale, Arizona on June 2.


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

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

After retiring in 2011, Alonso immediately moved into coaching. He led eight teams in 11 years, including Peñarol, Olympia (Paraguay), Pachuca and Monterrey in Mexico.

He was the Inter Miami coach at his inauguration of the 2021 MLS season but left the club by mutual consent after the campaign.


Manager Diego Alonso selected 28 players in the team’s three friendlies in the summer. His roster is highlighted by four veterans with over 100 caps and two promising 17-year-olds.

Edinson Cavani, 35, leads the way with 54 goals in 130 games. In fact, the Manchester United striker scored more internationals than the rest of the team combined (41).

At the age of 36, defender and captain Diego Godin is the oldest and most internationally experienced player with 157 caps. He played several matches on the defense line with 35-year-old Martin Caceres (112 matches). There is no doubt that the defense has plenty of experience with 35-year-old Fernando Muslera (131 caps) taking over the goalkeeper’s duties.

Striker Luis Suarez, 35, who has netted 68 times in 132 matches, including during the extended WCQ Tour, was the most visible absence from the squad.

Alonso decided to sign two internationals under the age of 20 – defender Alan Maturo and midfielder Auguste Scaroni.

Uruguay list by position:

Goalkeepers (3): Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray/TUR; 131/0), Sergio Rocher (Club Nacional/URU; 4/0), Sebastian Sosa (Independent/ARG 0/0)

Defenders (10): Diego Godin (Atletico Mineiro / Brazil; 157/8), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid / La Liga; 76/8), Ronald Araujo (Barcelona / La Liga; 9/0), Sebastian Coates (Sporting FC / Bor, 44 /1), Martin Caceres (Levante / Spain; 112/4), Guillermo Varela (Dynamo Moscow / Russia; 5/0), Damien Suarez (Getafe / Spain; 4/0), Matthias Viña (Roma / ETA; 22/ 0) Matthias Oliveira (Getafe/ESP; 3/0), Alan Maturo (Defensor Sporting; 0/0)

Middle (11): Lucas Torreira (Fiorentina / Italy; 37/0), Matthias Vecino (Inter / ETA; 57/3), Mauro Arambari (Getafe / ESP; 10/0), Manuel Ugarte (Sporting Club / Bor; 2/ 0), 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 (Nacional; 0/0)

Attackers (4): Diego Rossi (Fenerbahce / Turkey; 1/0), Edinson Cavani (Manchester United / England; 130/54), Darwin Nunez (Benfica / Bor, 9/2), Maximiliano Gomez (Valencia / La Liga; 24/3)