Ecuadorian midfielder Oswaldo Minda and Canadian defender Ante Jazic are out for international duty as both teams prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Minda was on the bench for the Ecuadoran National Team as the team fell 4-0 to Argentina in the fourth CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying match. With the loss, Ecuador fell two spots in the standings and is currently in sixth place with six points, having to be among the top four in order to automatically qualify to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Up next for ‘La Tri’ is their fifth match against fifth place Colombia.
Meanwhile Jazic started and played 88 minutes in Canada’s scoreless draw with the U.S. National Team in last Sunday’s friendly match at BMO Field. The ‘Reds’ will now prepare for their first match as part of CONCACAF’S World Cup Qualifying round this Friday, June 8 against Cuba in Havana. Also taking part of Canada’s Group C is Honduras and Panama.