Neil’s time with Azkals limited

By Peter Atencio

Filipino-British goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will most likely have a busy schedule with the Fulham Football Club in the British Premier League in the coming month.

Fulham’s top goalie Mark Scwharzer suffered a back injury late in the game during last Saturday’s goalless draw at West Brom.

Etheridge, Scwharzer’s understudy, is being eyed to replace him and could see action when Fullham meets the Queen’s Park Rangers on Sunday.

Fullham, which has a 0-4-2 win-draw-loss record, may still field Schwarzer in their second Europa League group game in Denmark if he recovers in time.

Etheridge is one of three members of the Philippine Azkals’ national football team missing when they see action in the four-nation Long Teng Cup, which starts today at the Kaohsiung national stadium in Taiwan. Stephan Schrock and Paul Mulders are also unavailable because of club commitments.

National coach Hans Michael Weiss brings in a new mix of players in the event, working on fine-tuning their chemistry and cohesion.

The Azkals were third last year, winning over Macau (5-0), drawing with Chinese Taipei (1-1) and then losing to Hong Kong (2-4).

Fil-German Roland Muller, one of the team’s six newcomers, is the new goalie. Other newbies are brothers Mark and Matthew Hartmann, Fil-Spaniard Carli De Murga, Lexton Moy and Fil-German defender Oliver Poetschke. Published in Manila Standard Today