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Colombia announces roster for Olympic playoff vs United States

Several interesting names on the Colombian side that will visit Toyota Stadium.

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Colombia have released the roster for their U-23 squad in the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics playoff series against the United States U-23 national team.

The two sides will square off later this month in the first leg on March 25 in Barranquilla and again March 29 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, with the aggregate winner earning the final spot in this summer's men's Olympic tournament.

Colombian U-23 head coach Carlos Restrepo has put together a fairly strong domestic group of players, with several already earning senior national team call ups.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cristian Bonilla (Atletico Nacional - COL), Alvaro Montero (San Lorenzo - ARG), Luis Hurtado (Deportivo Cali - COL)

DEFENDERS (9): Cristian Borja (Santa Fe - COL), Yerry Mina (Santa Fe - COL), Jaine Barreiro (Santa Fe - COL), Luis Orejuela (Deportivo Cal - COL), Deiver Machado (Millonarios - COL), Felipe Aguilar (Atletico Nacional - COL), Davinson Sanchez (Atletico Nacional - COL), Helibelton Palacios (Deportivo Cali - COL), Jherson Vergara (Livorno - ITA)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Juan Pablo Nieto (Atletico Nacional - COL), Juan Fernando Quintero (Rennes - FRA), Yony Gonzalez (Junior - COL), Raul Loaiza (Patriotas - COL), Jose Leudo (Deportivo Pasto - COL), Wilmar Barrios (Deportes Tolima - COL), Andres Felipe Roa (Deportivo Cali - COL), Jarlan Barrera (Junior - COL)

FORWARDS (5): Roger Martinez (Racing Club - ARG), Cristian Dajome (Deportes Tolima - COL), Harold Preciado (Deportivo Cali - COL), Rafael Santos Borre (Deportivo Cal - COL), Andres Renteria (Santos Laguna - MEX)

If anything, this will be an interesting roster to keep an eye on as you know FC Dallas will look to make a connection or two to some of these players for the future. Given the track record and history with Deportivo Cali, there are several young players on this group from that side that has brought FC Dallas the likes of Fabian Castillo, Andres Escobar, and Carlos Lizarazo.