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    Old and new faces compete for Azkals places in Dooley's 34-man training squad

    Feb 14, 2014
    Chieffy Caligdong, Phil Younghusband, Patrick Deyto, and Simone Rota are part of new Azkals coach Thomas Dooley's 34-man training squad. Jerome Ascano/ Jaime Campos

    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

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    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

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    Chieffy Caligdong, Phil Younghusband, Patrick Deyto, and Simone Rota are part of new Azkals coach Thomas Dooley's 34-man training squad. Jerome Ascano/ Jaime Campos
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