Ex-US World Cup captain in talks with Azkals


MANILA, Philippines — A world Cup veteran who has played 81 times for the United States and has vast experience playing in the German Bundesliga is also being considered as the next coach of the Philippine Azkals.

Thomas Dooley, 52, who skippered the Americans in the 1998 World Cup in France, is expected to meet with national team manager Dan Palami and Philippine Football Federation general secretary Ed Gastanes this week in the US over the possibility of his hiring for the Azkals job.

The PFF, which let go of German coach Michael Weiss last week, is in a race against time to hire a replacement with the Azkals’ next tournament, the AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives, slated May 19 to 30.

Palami said the next coach will be named before the end of the month.

Sources earlier said Serbian coach Radjko Avramovic, who steered Singapore to three Southeast Asian football championship titles, is also being considered.

Dooley, a defender, was born to a German mother and an American father.

“He has experience and has played at a high level,” said Palami of Dooley, who was named US Player of the Year in 1993.

“We look forward to hearing his thoughts on the (Azkals) job.”

Dooley’s most recent coaching experience was in August 2011, when he was called up to be part of the US national team’s staff for the match against Mexico.

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  • Rona

    Iba kasi ang COACH sa Player. Being a good player doesn’t mean that you’re also a good coach as well! Take Diego Maradona as an example, is/was (in his prime) he a good player? YES. E as a coach? Wala. Ni hindi nga siya nagtagal sa isang club.

  • CmdrAdobo

    You guys wake up. USA are very good in soccer/football (or any sports) because they are developed country with good food and money (that correlates the nutrition and education they have since kids). Americans played soccer during HS. Thus the term soccer ‘moms’ originated there. It means moms with kids during soccer games.

    The problem is soccer is not popular as american football, basketball, or baseball. But still, they are good.

  • James Douglas Clayton

    The point here is the skill set of the coach, not his nationality and where their respective domestic leagues stand against the others!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Susmaryajosepidal naman!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • James Douglas Clayton


  • Noel

    Letting Weiss go at this critical time could be a regrettable decision. You don’t change a ship captain when the ship is about to start its journey.

  • arnold BENZON

    Radjko Avramovic and Thomas Dooley, both are experienced football players but I choose Avramovic becasue he is more experienced in terms of Asian football coaching and also former coach of Singapore national football team, which he brought many titles in AFF Suzuki Cup

  • Batang 80’s

    Matapos ilagay sa mapa ng football ang pilipinas, papalitan si weiss? anyare?

    • CmdrAdobo

      Weiss or anyone else, the PHL football will be still in the map. It was Mcmenemy’s vietnam upset kindles the pinoy interests in football.
      I give credit to pinoy football popularity are the azkal team of 2005. That was the team of Younghusbands, Greatwhich, borromeo et al. This team were noticed around the world and keep encouraging ppl abroad to play for PHL.

  • Rona

    Bakit natanggal si Weiss? I have more faith on the German coach than the American player. Parang joke lang ang USA sa FIFA. Yes may magagaling sa kanila pero iba pa rin ang puso ng German when it comes to football.

    • CmdrAdobo

      At least US is 1 million better than philippines.

      • Rona

        But Germany is a lot better than US. Ito nanaman tayo sa Filipino mentality na “pwede na yan.”

      • CmdrAdobo

        Hah! and Weiss represents the coach of Germany. And by your logic that we should get the best, why not hire Joachim Leow.? Isnt it realitistic?

        It’s not about the nationality, it’s about the coaching skill be it american, german or he’s from kiribati.

      • Rona

        I am just saying that I have more faith from the German Coach who was with Real Madrid and Arsenal than the US player.

      • James Douglas Clayton

        Finallly!!! Thanks for enlightening these wanna-be’s!!! for the sake of “maka-comment-lang!!!” Noobs!

    • Dayunyor Binay

      …current FIFA ranking of USA is #14 and that is not a joke considering 209 member countries worldwide….Philippines is at # 127 spot… and for women FIFA ranking?USA is # 1 and Germany second…if maybe you think that this a joke,i am convinced that you are a joker yourself …..and ignorant.

      • Rona

        And we’re talking about the men’s league. Still, Germany over US. Get over it.

      • James Douglas Clayton

        eyng?!!!! :-/

      • Dayunyor Binay’re confused…i thought you’re comparing coaches as individuals in relation to their nationalities…

  • akramgolteb

    American coach? Hindi naman magaling amerikano sa football. Tingnan na lang ang record ng US team sa world cup.

    • Gandangpinas

      Tama bakit kaya hindi brazilian or argentinian?

    • CmdrAdobo

      Magaling ang amerikano sa soccer. What’s your proof hindi sila magaling? Consistent qualified in world cup and ranking is higher than, if not all, most asian counties. Their soccer in women is the best in the world too.

      • Rona

        Compared to Germany, Spain and UK? Anong sinabi ng MLS sa Bundesliga, La Liga at Premier League? At saan galing non-EU players sa UEFA leagues? Hindi ba sa Brazil or Argentina?

      • CmdrAdobo

        MLS is still not to level of Euro league but very close to Bundesliga, La liga, or EPL. Have you forgotten that azkals were trashed by L.A. Galaxy and by comparison, Arsenal, liverpool, and man u are just okay against indonesia, vietnam, malaysia or thailand?

      • akramgolteb

        MLS close to Bundesliga, La Liga, EPL?????? Huhhhhhhhhhhhh???? Ilan beses naging world cup champion ang Germany, Spain, UK? Ilan beses naging world cup champion ang US?

      • CmdrAdobo

        LOL. La liga, epl, bundesliga did not win WC, what’s the connection? League do not represent national team and local leagues are compose of any nationality. By that logic, why not include Brazilian or serie a league? Italy and brazil won more WCs than any other national teams u mentioned. So your logic is flawed.

        Take note that MLS got brazilians, mexican, argentinians, french, english, some africans and germans too.

        Go and watch more football.

      • akramgolteb

        La Liga Spanish style football, Bundesliga german style football, EPL British style football, MLS US style football. Bawat liga may kaibahan paglaro. Ang mga style ng mga European, Brazilian, South American mas superiro sa US style ng football.

        At magbasa ng mabuti, wala akong sinabi na nagrepresent ang mga liga sa world cup.

        Mas importante ang magaral magbasa kaysa manood ng football kaya magaral ka muna ng mabuti para may karapatan magpost dito OK ?

      • Rona

        Close to Bundesliga?! Kailan lang ba sumikat MLS, nung lumipat si Beckham? LOL.

      • James Douglas Clayton

        clap….. clap…. clap…. you just proved that your football knowledge is sooooooooooooooooooo superficial…clap…… clap……zzzzzzzz…….

  • H K

    Hmmmm…I have my doubts…..

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