FIFA World Cup Qatar
Arreaga has been named to Ecuador’s final roster for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.
SEATTLE FIFA World Cup Qatar, WA — Xavier Arreaga, a Sounders FC defender, has been nominated to the Ecuador National Team squad for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. Arreaga received his first FIFA World Cup call-up after being included to Head Coach Gustavo Alfaro’s 26-player squad for the 2017 competition. Arreaga joins Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan, and Nouhou as current Sounders FC players traveling to Qatar this month, as the Rave Green send the most players to a single World Cup in team history.
Ecuador is making its first FIFA World Cup Qatar participation since 2014. The nation was put into Group A earlier this year and will face host country Qatar on November 20, the Netherlands on November 25, and Senegal on November 29.
“We are tremendously proud of Xavier and wish him the best of luck as Ecuador’s representative at the World Cup,” stated Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “He’s been a key component of Ecuador’s team for a number of years, and we’re delighted to see him rewarded with the chance to compete on the international stage.”
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Arreaga, 28, has 17 career La Tri caps going back to 2018, including nine appearances during the squad’s FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, with his lone international goal coming in a 6-1 victory against Colombia on November 17, 2020. Arreaga has made 99 appearances in all competitions for the Rave Green since joining the team in 2019, scoring three goals. Following Seattle’s title-winning season earlier this year, he was nominated to the 2022 Concacaf Best XI team.
“I want to congratulate Xavi on this amazing chance to play in the FIFA World Cup Qatar,” stated Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. “His hard work and dedication to his national team have been obvious since his arrival in Seattle, and we are forward to watch him compete with other Sounders in Qatar.”
Arreaga joins teammates Jordan Morris (USA), Cristian Roldan (USA), and Nouhou (Cameroon) in Qatar, all of whom were chosen to their respective final rosters last week. The Rave Green have never had more than four players picked for the tournament.
Sounders FC ended the 2022 season with an overall record of 16-17-5. The Rave Green became the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League in the spring, before falling short of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in the club’s 14-year existence. Seattle enters the summer with an eye towards the 2023 season, which opens with the FIFA Club World Cup.