THE Philippine Malditas have began their journey to make history in this year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup
with the United States training camp.
For striker Cam Rodriguez, the three-month camp in Corona, California will make the team
better, especially with a slot to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup at stake.
“I’m very excited with the journey ahead of us. We’re already one foot in making it to the
WCQ, so we need to perform our best in April to get both feet in for the World Cup. And it’s the
World Cup we’re talking about. That’s something every footballer can ever dream to be participating
in,” said Rodriguez, a former Ateneo star in an online interview.
“Personally I’m in this a hundred percent, nothing less. I’m looking forward to learning from
my coaches, teammates, opponents, and the whole experience. At the end of the day, this is for the
betterment of Philippine football, especially for the women’s game,” she added.
Rodriguez, along with Patrice Impelido, Inna Palacios, and Sara Castañeda have been there for
a week in the camp handled by newly-appointed coach Richard Boon and assisted by Clint McDaniel.
Over 40 players are expected to participate in the training camp which combines the locals
with overseas-based players selected from the identification camp held last month.
Also expected to take part are foreign-based players Eva Madarang, Hali Long, Hanna Parado
and Claire Lim, who all suited up for the Philippines in this year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers
and Southeast Asian Games.
With the tournament doubling as FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, the winners and runners-up
of each group will advance to the semifinals of the competition.