RETURNING players and promising prospects join familiar faces in the Philippine men’s football men’s training team that was unveiled on Friday.
New Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has named a total of 34 local-based players who mostly ply their trade in the United Football League to his training squad as battle for places in the national side begins after the departure of German coach Michael Weiss.
Apart from holdovers led by Phil Younghusband and skipper Chieffy Caligdong, former Azkals Anton del Rosario, Nate Burkey, and Chad Gould have been invited to train for another shot at making the national team’s roster gearing up for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in May.
Filipinos who either have foreign blood or lived overseas like Fil-American right-back Charles Pettys of Global, Stallion’s Fil-Italian center-back Simone Rota and Filipino-Dutch attacking midfielder Milan Arends, Kenshiro Daniels of Kaya, and Filipino-Spanish Curt Dizon of Union Internacionale Manila have all been called up as well.
Three Philippine Air Force locals in Ryan Lirio, Jake Hugo, and Rudolf Bebanco have also been named to the training pool, which also includes most of the 23-Under standouts.
The preliminary lineup is expected to be reduced by more than half in two weeks before the Azkals’ first match of the year, a friendly against Malaysia on March 1 on the opponent’s turf.
See the full training squad below:
Jose Elmer Porteria - Kaya FC
Christopher Greatwich - Kaya FC
Emelio Caligdong - Green Archers United FC
James Younghusband - Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
Marvin Angeles - Global FC
Marwin Angeles - Global FC
Carlos De Murga - Global FC
Jerry Barbaso - Global FC
Mark Hartmann - Global FC
Jason De Jong - Global FC
Amani Aguinaldo - Global FC
Patrick Deyto - Green Archers United FC
Phillip Younghusband - Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
Jeffrey Christiaens - Global FC
Misagh Bahadoran - Global FC
Anton Del Rosario - Kaya FC
Charles Pettys - Global FC
Simone Rota - Stallion FC
Eduard Sacapano - Philippine Army FC
Patrick Reichelt - Unattached
Nathaniel George Burkey - Pachanga Diliman FC
Ryan Lirio - Philippine Air Force FC
Jake Hugo - Philippine Air Force FC
Rudolf Bebanco - Philippine Air Force FC
Nick O'Donnell - Kaya FC
Paolo Pascual - Global FC
Curt Dizon - Union Internacional Manila
Reymark Fernandez - Green Archers United FC
Ronnie Aguisanda - Green Archers United FC
Deo Segunial - Pachanga Diliman FC
Nathan Octavio - Pachanga Diliman FC
Milan Justin Arends - Stallion FC
Kenshiro Daniels - Kaya FC
Chad Gould - Unattached