By Daryl Lagos
Filipino-German Roland Muller has officially trained with the Azkals. He will be the last line of defense as the Philippines battle in the Long Teng Cup this coming September in Taiwan.
Teams from The Philippines, Macau, Hong Kong, and (Host) Chinese Taipei will play against one another in The Cup that will be held from 30 September to 4 October 2011. Unfortunately, Jerry Lucena, Paul mulders & Neil Etheridge will not be attending the matches due to club commitments while Stephan Schrock too will be absent. Rob Gier shall miss the games as well for his wife expects to deliver their 1st baby soon.
Football Clubs only permit their players to join the National Squad on FIFA coordinated International matches and apparently the Long Teng Cup is not one of them.
The Azkals invited Roland Muller, who is MSV Duisburg 2nd Choice keeper in the German Bundesliga as back-up for Etheridge who now plays 2nd Choice GK for Fulham in the English Premier League.
Ideas coming from Fan Camps suggest that Muller will replace Etheridge. While comparative comments and personal opinions differ from one fan to another, let me just share to you that He will not be the "Replacement" for Neil, but they are rather comrades ready to support each other for the much tougher task of defending the net for the country.
The 5'11 Muller will be boosting the Azkals defensive stance as they will also enter the competition for the International experience of the team which will be composed of Senior Squad members and U-23 stand outs.
Watch the Training Report Video
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