Captain Raldes dropped by Bolivia

LA PAZ - Bolivia coach Erwin Sanchez has dropped captain Ronald Raldes of Mexican club Cruz Azul from his squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Ecuador.

Defender Raldes is one of several senior players left out after a 1-0 home loss to Venezuela and a 4-0 defeat away to Chile in June left Bolivia with virtually no chance of a place at the 2010 finals in South Africa.

Bolivia, who visit Paraguay in Asuncion on September 5 and host Ecuador four days later in La Paz, are one from bottom of the 10-nation South American group with four matches to go.

The top four qualify for the finals while the fifth-placed team goes into a playoff with a team from the CONCACAF region. Bolivia, with 12 points, are eight adrift of Ecuador, the team currently in fifth.


Goalkeepers: Hugo Suarez (Wilstermann), Carlos Lampe (Universitario)

Defenders: Enrique Parada (San Jose), Luis Gatty Ribeiro, Edemir Rodriguez (both Real Potosi), Limbert Mendez (Aurora), Ronald Rivero (Universitario), Luis Gutierrez (Oriente Petrolero), Juan Carlos Sanchez (Blooming), Abdon Reyes (Bolivar)

Midfielders: Edgar Olivares (Wilstermann), Alejandro Gomez (Blooming), Walter Flores (Bolivar), Helmut Gutierrez (La Paz FC), Ronald Garcia (Aris Salonica), Pablo Escobar (Santo Andre), Julio Cesar Hurtado (Aurora), Joselito Vaca (Oriente Petrolero), Daner Pachi (LDU Portoviejo), Limberg Gutierrez (The Strongest)

Forwards: Marcelo Martins (Werder Bremen), Ricardo Pedriel (Giresunspor), Diego Cabrera (Oriente Petrolero), Gerardo Yecerotte (Real Potosi)