Copa America Centenario: Peru name preliminary 40-man roster
Peru finished third at the 2015 Copa America. (Photo credit:

Only 23 will be selected. During the last few days, Peruvian National Team national team manager Ricardo Gareca, released their preliminary 40-man roster for the 2016 Copa America Centenario, which will be hosted by the United States.

Without the stars and full of promises

As it was announced by the Peruvian media, the 'Incas' will be without a number of their main players, notably Claudio Pizarro or Jefferson Farfán.

While forward Pizarro is having a rough time with his team Werder Bremen (Germany) midfielder Farfán has been out since his last injury in December. Additionally, his team Al Jazira (UAE) announced that the Peruvian number 10 will not be retained for next season.

Head coach Ricardo Gareca is in charge since january 2015. Source:
Manager Ricardo Gareca has been in charge since January 2015. (Photo credit:

In addition to Farfán and Pizarro, manager Gareca decided to not call up Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) defender Carlos Zambrano and Newell's Old Boys (Argentina) wing back Luis Advíncula to give opportunities to the youngsters.

In this group of new talents, such players like Sporting Charleroi (Belgium) midfielder Cristian Benavente, Numbancia (Spain) full back Alexander Callens and PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) forward Luiz da Silva are the favorites to be in the final 23.

Universitario will form the base of the team

At the moment, Universitario de Deportes is enjoying a fantastic time in the Peruvian League, which has led to a number of their players being included in the preliminary squad.

Goalkeeper Carlos Cáceda, full back Miguel Trauco and forward Raúl Ruidíaz are some of the players that made the 'crema' team who are headlining Peruvian Soccer at the moment.

It is expected that Gareca will release the final squad of 23 players on Friday, May 13.

Preliminary list

Name Role Team
Carlos Cáceda Goalkeeper Universitario
Pedro Gallese Goalkeeper Juan Aurich
Diego Penny Goalkeeper Sporting Cristal
José Carvallo Goalkeeper UTC
Luis Abram Defender Sporting Cristal
Miguel Araujo Defender Alianza Lima
Horacio Benincasa Defender Universitario
Alexander Callens Defender Numancia
Jair Céspedes Defender Sporting Cristal
Aldo Corzo Defender Deportivo Municipal
Alexis Cossio Defender Sporting Cristal
Christian Ramos Defender Juan Aurich
Paolo de la Haza Defender Juan Aurich
Renzo Revoredo Defender Sporting Cristal
Alberto Rodríguez Defender Sporting Cristal
Miguel Trauco Defender Universitario
Renato Tapia Midfielder Feyenoord
Armando Alfageme Midfielder Deportivo Municipal
Adán Balbín Midfielder Universitario
Josepmir Ballón Midfielder Sporting Cristal
Cristian Benavente Midfielder Sporting Charleroi
Christofer Gonzales Midfielder Colo Colo
Carlos Lobatón Midfielder Sporting Cristal
Alejandro Hohberg Midfielder César Vallejo
Christian Cueva Midfielder Toluca
Andy Polo Midfielder Universitario
Ángel Romero Midfielder Sporting Cristal
Joel Sánchez Midfielder San Martín
Marcio Valverde Midfielder Real Garcilaso
Óscar Vílchez Midfielder Alianza Lima
Yoshimar Yotún Midfielder Malmö FF
Irven Ávila Foward Sporting Cristal
Luiz da Silva Foward PSV Eindhoven
Iván Bulos Foward O'Higgins
Edison Flores Foward Universitario
Julio Landauri Foward Alianza Lima
Paolo Guerrero Foward Flamengo
Yordy Reyna Foward Red Bull Salzburg
Raúl Ruidíaz Foward Universitario
Mario Velarde Foward Unión Comercio

Peru will begin its Copa America Centenario journey against Haiti in Seattle on June 4th.