Cristian Casseres played a full 90 minutes for the Venezuela men’s U-20 national team on November 14, so no great surprise that he was on the bench when La Vinotinto played Ecuador’s U-20s just two days later.
Venezuela won its first game - against Bolivia, 1-0 - in the quadrangular men’s U-20 tournament it is hosting as preparation for the 2019 South American Men’s U-20 Championship.
La Vinotinto’s second game of the tournament did not go so well. Ecuador won, 1-0.
Emerson Espinoza scored for Ecuador in the ninth minute, and an equalizer never came for Venezuela.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Casseres was kept out of the game entirely, as head coach Cesar Modesto Gonzalez took a look at other options in his squad. Gonzalez singled out Casseres for praise after his team’s win over Bolivia, so fair to assume that the decision not to send the RBNY player on to the field against Ecuador was mostly about rotating the squad.
Venezuela will conclude its November quadrangular tournament with a match against Peru men’s U-20 national team on Sunday, November 18.