The Philippine national football team added a much-needed boost to its lineup ahead of its World Cup qualifying match against Uzbekistan on September 8 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Replacing Rob Gier, Mark Hartmann, and Tomas Trigo in the lineup are overseas-based goalkeeper Roland Muller and United Football League (UFL) players Paul Mulders and Jun-Jun Badelic.
A force on defense with great leadership skills, Gier was forced out of the squad due to a knee injury while Hartmann and Trigo were simply taken out.
The rest of the team will feature familiar names such as captain Phil Younghusband, Neil Etheridge and Misagh Bahadoran, players who helped the Azkals defeat Bahrain and Yemen in the first two matches of the qualifiers.
Also in the list are Amani Aguinaldo, Kenshiro Daniels, Patrick Deyto, Juani Guirado, Kevin Ingreso, Jerry Lucena, Manny Ott, Stephan Palla, Javier Patiño, Iain Ramsay, Patrick Reichelt, Simone Rota, Daisuke Sato, Martin Steuble, Dennis Villanueva and Luke Woodland.
The Azkals are also set to play in a friendly match against Maldives on September 3 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.