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Malditas to conduct first ever US training camp in November
In an effort to further strengthen the squad, the Philippine national women’s football team has organized its first ever training camp in the United States this November.
Malditas coach Ernie Nierras said that tryouts for Fil-foreign women footballers who could possibly join the national team is slated from November 14 to November 22.
“Yes it’s the first time. We’ve invited 40 plus potential women’s national team players,” Nierras said.
After the camp, the Filipinas will then compete in the inaugural LA Viking Cup in Fullerton, California from November 23 to December 2. The tournament will feature the national women’s football team of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as United States-based squads Los Angeles Vikings and California Cosmos, which will both parade top international and amateur players.
While the Malditas already have a number of Fil-foreign players, such as Fil-Americans Heather Cooke, Patrice Impelido and Ashley O’Connor, among others, they have had few opportunities to play against international squads unlike their male counterparts, the Azkals, who get the chance to play against various teams around the world.
Currently ranked 85th in the world, the Malditas last played in the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship in September where they finished third in their group but failed to make it to the semifinals of the tournament.
Malditas to attend US training camp
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women’s football team Malditas will go to a training camp in the US and compete in the inaugural LA Viking Cup to jumpstart their buildup for next year’s qualifiers for the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Malditas coach Ernie Nierras said over 35 potential Malditas – a mixture of homegrown talents and prospects from the US, including division 1 players – will attend the camp slated Nov. 14-22 in Fullerton, California. “Players from CAL Berkeley, Wake Forest, Univ of Miami, Loyola, Boston U, Long Beach St, Vanderbilt, ECU, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, UC Riverside, UNC Greensboro, Cornell, Monmouth, Cal St Fullerton, and others (will be attending),” said Nierras. “We will be inspecting U19 and U16 girls also,” he added. From the camp, the Malditas will test their skills on the pitch as they take part in the LA Viking Cup, a four-team invitational tournament set Nov. 23-Dec. 1 at Titan Stadium, also in Fullerton, California. Giving the Malditas a taste of the American style of football are Women’s Professional Soccer League sides LA Vikings and California Cosmos as well as Caribbean national side Trinidad and Tobago “Soca Princesses.”
The Malditas are gearing up for their campaign in the May 2013 AFC qualifi ers, where they found themselves bunched against powerhouse rivals in Group B after the recent draw in Malaysia. Former champion Thailand (No. 30 in the Fifa ranking), Iran (54th) and Bangladesh (115th), stand in the way of the Malditas (85th) and their dreams of making strides internationally.
among our prospects:
Mejilla Invited to Philippine Women’s National Team TryoutsCourtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
MOUNT PLEASANT – Senior Midfielder Ashley Mejilla has been invited by the Philippine Football Federation to participate in a training camp with the Philippine National Women’s football team.
Mejilla was informed following Tuesday morning’s practice, in a special presentation made by Central Michigan University President Dr. George E. Ross in front of the entire team, that she had been invited to participate in the Philippine Women’s National Team’s training camp at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif., between Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 as it prepares for the LA Vikings Cup 2012 in late November. The Vikings Cup will also be held in Fullerton.
“I was surprised, but it was also very exciting to know that a national team is recognizing my talents and is interested in me,” Mejilla said.
The senior health fitness major from Mississauga, Ontario, whose parents are both of Philippine heritage, was unaware of the Philippine Football Federation’s interest in her prior to the announcement. She has visited the country once prior to this announcement.
“This is a big credit to who Ashley is and what she has done as a student-athlete here at Central Michigan University,” head coach Neil Stafford said. “Her hard work has paid off. If your country of heritage calls upon you or has an interest in you, that is the ultimate compliment.”
Stafford said that Mejilla is the first CMU women’s soccer player to receive an invitation from a national team to participate in tryouts.
Mejilla will be among the players vying for 23 spots on the 2012 LA Vikings Cup squad. In addition, Mejilla will be included in the pool of players for future Philippine Women’s National Team rosters for FIFA events.
Though she has yet to score a goal this season after leading the team with five in 2011, her elusive and technically skilled ballhandling and hard work in the midfield have opened up opportunities for the Chippewas, who lead the Mid-American Conference West Division with a 5-1-0 conference record, and a 9-4-1 overall mark.
She was a first-team All-MAC selection in 2011, and was named to the MAC All-Tournament team in 2010 after helping to lead the Chippewas to both regular-season and tournament championships.
“Throughout my career at Central Michigan I’ve become a better player, and playing on this team has clearly opened up some opportunities for me,” Mejilla said.
Stafford believes this is not only a tremendous opportunity for Ashley, but also a compliment to the CMU women’s soccer culture that student-athletes like Ashley have helped to create.
“It’s always great to have a student-athlete recognized by a greater entity, and I hope those entities of that level can see what kind of an environment we create on and off the field here at Central Michigan,” Stafford said. “We are pushing to find players who will represent their country, and Ashley is a testament to that.”
WSOC’s Deja Walker Invited To Philippine National Training Camp
BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland junior midfielder Deja Walker (La Plata, Md./St. John’s Prep) has been invited to participate in the Philippine National Women’s Football Team (Matildas) training camp next month.
The Matildas, as they are known on the international soccer circuit, will convene in Fullerton, Calif., for a weeklong camp in mid-November that will determine the 23 players who will make up the roster for the 2012 L.A. Vikings Cup.
Joining Walker at the camp will be current Matildas player and former Loyola standout Heather Cooke (California, Md./Leonardtown H.S.).
Walker suffered a knee injury during the summer and has not played this season, but she is expected to be cleared shortly after the Loyola season ends. Last year, her first at Loyola, she played in 17 games and started three. She scored her first collegiate goal on October 28 against Manhattan College.
The native of Southern Maryland came to Loyola after starting her collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin where she played in four games during 2010.
Cooke earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors as a junior and senior in 2008 and 2009 as a center back for the Greyhounds, has played with the Matildas in past international competitions.
The L.A. Vikings Cup is an invitational tournament that will be played November 21-December 2, in Fullerton. It will include two professional teams from California – the host Vikings and the California Cosmos – and national teams from Trinidad & Tobago and The Philippines.
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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Philippines Take Part in LA Viking’s Cup
MANILA (1 Nov 2012) – The Philippines national team will take part in a four-nation meet called the LA Viking’s Cup that will see them play against the Trinidad and Tobago national team, Los Angeles Vikings and also California Cosmos in Fullerton, California.
The tournament has been set for 23 November to 2 December 2012 and will serve as the test after their first ever training camp in the United States.
“Yes it’s the first time. We’ve invited 40 plus potential women’s national team players,” said Ernie Nierras, the chief coach of the Philippines women’s team.
Nierras added that while in the US, the team will be holding tryouts for Fil-foreign women footballers who could possibly join the national team.
schedule is already up!!
ps. our grouping for the 2014 AFC Cup Qualifications!
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