The Philippine Football Federation announced the national team that will compete in the AFC Women's Asian Cup beginning on Friday.
Leading the way for the Philippine team are goalkeeper Inna Palacios and midfielders Patrice Impelido and Sara Castañeda.
Bolstering the 23-woman roster are US-based players Ryley Bugay and Sarina Bolden.
Another notable player added to the team is Chalise Baysa, the oldest player in the team at 37.Baysa last played for the Philippines in the 2013 AFF Women's Championship.
Completing the lineup are Alesa Dolino, Claire Lim, Krystal De Ramos, Hali Long, Morgan Brown, Cam Rodriguez, Ma. Luisa Park, Jesse Shugg, Caitlyn Kreutz, Kearra Bastes-Jones, Leah Larot, Alexa Diaz, Stacey Cavill, Calah Simarago, Tahnai Annis, Quinley Quezada, and Jessica Miclat.
Meanwhile, despite exploding for four goals during the qualifying stage, Eva Madarang failed to crack the final lineup.
In the men’s national team, Thomas Dooley believes that he did enough for him to get a new contract as the head coach of the Philippine Azkals football team.
"We had 11 records in those four years. We qualified for the Asian Cup. We had the highest ranking ever," Dooley said yesterday following a pocket press conference at the UCC Cafe Terrace in Taguig City.
He even said that if the PFF changes its direction, it will catch him off guard.
"It would be a huge surprise that they wouldn't give me an offer for another two years or so," Dooley said.
The former US national team player then admitted that the PFF has yet to reach out to him.
"I haven't talked to anybody yet," Dooley said.
The Azkals mentor, however, remains optimistic that he will stay with the Philippine national team.
"Hopefully, they will get back to me and we can talk about it," Dooley added.
For the meantime, Dooley will keynote speaking chores as he is set to speak to teen footballers and youth team coaches in "Anything is Possible" – an event organized by the Teen Azkals Foundation to be held on Friday at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City.*PNA
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