Yesterday was a tough loss. We weren't the best team in South America after the beating Colombia 6-1 and we aren't the worst team after losing to Peru 1-2. One thing to keep in mind is that our team is young and inexperienced. Below is a list of the players that played yesterday and the number of caps they have: Dominguez - 59 Perlaza - 3 Arboleda - 22 Arreaga - 12 Estupiñan - 7 Mena - 27 Mendez - 18 Moises - 5 Carabali - 2 Estrada - 16 J. Caicedo - 2 Plata - 6 Noboa - 81 Preciado - 10 Diaz - 2 Martinez - 31 Dominguez and Noboa have more caps between the two of them than all of the other players combined. Experience is a great teacher. The younger players will get better as they gain more experience. I look back to the 2018 qualifiers and I see one glaring similarity. Just like Quinteros, Alfaro selected players that are not in rhythm. Dominguez is the backup GK at his club. Preciado and Estupiñan haven't played much the past couple of months and both finished the season riding the bench for their respective clubs. Perlaza was benched and then later sent to train Liga's reserve squad. Moises has played only a handful of matches with Brighton's reserve/youth squad. I see another similarity from Rueda's days. We didn't always agree with his tactics but from what I remember he only called up players that were in form and were getting consistent minutes with their respective clubs. One mistake he did make was not always selecting the most talented player. I'm sure we all remember the Isaac Mina and Luis Checa days. Or going with Alex Bolaños or Oswaldo Minda. He sometimes selected players that were not the most talented but they fit in with his scheme/tactics. In a slightly less egregious way Alfaro made the same mistake. Arreaga is not the second best center back we have. Hincapie is a lot more talented. There's a reason why he's being linked to European clubs. Same with Carabali. Martinez is more talented than him. So is Romario Ibarra. I hope the national team as a whole learns from these mistakes. There's a lot of futbol still left to be played but the margin for error in minimal in eliminatorias.