For the Philippine girls’s soccer staff to place up at the least a commendable effort in opposition to favored opponents, it is going to want among the acquainted names to ship the largest efficiency of their soccer lives within the Fifa Ladies’s World Cup.
A lot of the names that will likely be talked about on this piece are the distinguished ones who had been key earlier than and after the Filipinas sealed a historic qualification to girls’s soccer’s greatest showcase, their kind to find out if they’ll get a satisfying end result in opposition to Switzerland, co-host New Zealand and Norway in Group A.
A final-minute effort scrambled by The Philippine Soccer Federation (PFF) and Cignal TV spared native sports activities followers from lacking out on the historic look.
Now that the Filipinas will play in entrance of a much bigger, free-TV viewers, the Inquirer drew up nationwide staff gamers to be careful for when the World Cup kicks off.
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OLIVIA MCDANIEL (GOALKEEPER)
Olivia McDaniel, the 25-year-old was the star of the Filipinas’ quarterfinal win over Chinese language-Taipei within the 2022 AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup in India when she got here by means of within the dramatic penalty shootout to clinch the World Cup slot.
McDaniel, the California-born custodian whose mom traces her roots to Pampanga and Davao Metropolis, had held the No. 1 spot between the sticks within the lead as much as the World Cup, and will likely be dealing with a frightening job of getting to supply the required stops because the staff’s final line of protection.
ANGELA BEARD (DEFENDER)
The World Cup would be the maiden look in a Philippine shirt for the 25-year-old Angela Beard, who switched federations after stints with Australia’s youth and senior groups. Beard’s mom hails from Cebu.
Pundits, significantly those that noticed her enjoying for Australia’s A-League facet Western United, see Beard as an integral determine for the Filipinas. Veteran Quinley Quezada has even described Beard as somebody who has already made an influence with how the staff’s play on the again is organized.
SARA EGGESVIK (MIDFIELDER)
Sara Eggesvik, the Norwegian-born daughter of a mom hailing from Davao made an excellent early impression throughout the Filipinas’ title run within the 2022 AFF Ladies’s Championship along with her industrious work on the pitch.
Eggesvik, the 26-year-old former youth participant for Norway, not solely can rating—she already has three in her younger Filipinas profession—however may also arrange assists with lengthy passes or by means of corners or free kicks.
QUINLEY QUEZADA (MIDFIELDER)
Quinley Quezada will likely be one of many longest-tenured gamers when she dons the Filipinas uniform for the World Cup, accounting for a record-sharing 22 targets in 45 caps since debuting within the Asian Cup held 5 years in the past in Jordan.
The 26-year-old from California, whose dad and mom are a Filipino mom and a Mexican father, may also assist create scoring alternatives and has fashioned a powerful linkup with one other proficient scorer Sarina Bolden.
CHANDLER MCDANIEL (FORWARD)
The World Cup would be the resumption of Chandler McDaniel’s comeback after tearing her ACL in opposition to South Korea within the semis of the 2022 Asian Cup. Previous to the damage, McDaniel had supplied key moments within the early phases of the Filipinas’ World Cup stage, particularly the Asian Cup Qualifiers in 2021 and within the opener of the continental match with a second-half winner to stun Thailand.
She has scored 5 occasions, together with twice in her comeback match final April within the Olympic Qualifying Match. McDaniel may play a key position as one other essential offensive participant for the Filipinas.
HALI LONG (DEFENDER)
Hali Lengthy’s 72 appearances is essentially the most by any participant behind her sturdy play as heart again whereas being one of many voices, each inside the squad and within the public eye. Her 17 targets can also be probably the most all-time, most of which had been produced along with her trademark header in set items.
She is among the many gamers who’ll have the heavy position of attempting to forestall fancied gamers like Switzerland’s Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic and Ramona Bachmann, New Zealand’s Hannah Wilkinson and Ria Percival and Norway’s Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen.
SARINA BOLDEN (FORWARD)
The checklist wouldn’t be full with out Sarina Bolden, the talismanic footballer who can also be thought of because the staff’s emotional chief. The Western Sydney Wanderers striker has additionally produced 22 targets since starting her Philippine account within the 2018 Asian Cup, together with eight in final 12 months’s AFF Ladies’s Championship.
Bolden will clearly be the participant opponents will likely be cautious of, thus the significance of her stepping into areas that may assist her discover the again of the web on the greatest match of all of them.
Katrina Guillou will likely be among the many gamers who hope to seek out the again of the web throughout the competitors whereas Tahnai Annis, who shares the captaincy with Lengthy, is hoping to be an important a part of the midfield.
The Filipinas even have regular defensive gamers with a pair of backs in Dom Randle and Jessika Cowart and holding midfielder Jaclyn Sawicki.
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