25 May 2015

4 new faces beef up Azkals

By Cedelf P. Tupas

FOUR overseas-based players have been called up for the first time by national team coach Thomas Dooley to be part of the 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches against Bahrain and Yemen next month.
Attack-minded players Iain Ramsay and Kevin Ingreso, defender Stephan Palla and midfielder Luke Woodland are the newcomers in the side unveiled by the Philippine Football Federation yesterday.
The Azkals play Bahrain on June 11 at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan before flying to Qatar to face Yemen on June 16.
Leading scorer Phil Younghusband will still lead the line with the returning Javier Patino and Stephan Schrock while Suzuki Cup stalwarts Rob Gier, Manny Ott, Misagh Bahadoran, Amani Aguinaldo, Daisuke Sato, Mark Hartmann, Patrick Reichelt, Martin Steuble, Jerry Lucena and Simone Rota and key reserves Kenshiro Daniels and Dennis Villanueva retained their places in the squad.
Neil Etheridge looks to regain his place as a starter with Dooley omitting Roland Muller for the two games. Patrick Deyto and Tomas Trigo will be the back up goalkeepers.
Ramsay, a veteran of the Australian League, has a Filipino mother and has long been in the Azkals radar. He finally agreed to play for the country early this year.
Woodland, a midfielder, played for England at youth level and was on loan at Oldham Athletic last season while Palla is a strong prospect from the Austrian League.
Ingreso already impressed former Azkals coach Michael Weiss who wanted him for the 2011 SEA Games team before an injury prevented him from joining the team.
The Azkals begin training camp on Monday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

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  1. ito na isa sa strongest senior team ng Azkals na combination ng homegrown UFL and overseas players para sa WCQ against Bahrain.

    1. that's true. hoping the chemistry between players will not have issues.

    2. maybe may slight issue sa chemistry dahil less than 2 weeks ang training before actual game sa Philippine Stadium.

      Stephan Shrock and Etheridge are okay dahil familiar sila sa system ni TD pero yung mga bagong recruit overseas mag aadjust pa sila sa system and cohesion ng team

    3. "combination ng homegrown UFL and overseas players"

      Homegrown? Only Aguinaldo and Deyto are homegrown in the squad! lol. Just because a player is based locally, it doesn't make them "homegrown". A lot of people seem to make that assumption.

    4. may Aguinaldo and Deyto therefore meron. sinabi bang 50-50 ang ratio sa homegrown at foreign-based pinoys?

    5. @ Anonymous 28 May 2015 at 09:05

      hindi naman kailangan sabihin na 50-50! bobo! the way the person said it suggests that the ratio is somewhat even at the least!

      at hindi rin yung point! hindi porket sa ufl ka nag lalaro "homegrown" ka na! yun yung point! tapos dalawa lang sila!

    6. ang tubig pag haluan mo nang eight o clock mapa isa hanggang isang daang kutsara, "combination" pa rin yan.
      juice ko!

  2. Anonymous27 May 2015 at 16:29. Haha Basag si Tukmol

    1. ang basag lang dito ay ung pagmumukha mo!