Hali Long believes the Philippine women’s soccer team has taken another important step in preparations for next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup after a satisfactory performance resulting in a 1-1 draw with Chile on Sunday (Manila time).
“Playing for South American teams is really great momentum. [because we get] to know the different aspects of football all over the world,” said Long, whose opening goal was almost enough for the Filipinos to grab a win at the Estadio Saulito in Vina del Mar until the Chileans were leveled late.
It was a performance that Long and the rest of coach Alen Stajcic’s squad were proud of, especially after a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica in the World Cup qualifiers.
Despite being positioned 15 places higher than the Philippines in 38th place, Chile is using its second friendly match to be held in Santiago on Wednesday (Manila time) to prepare for the inter-confederation playoffs in February.
“We had really good momentum coming out of Costa Rica,” Long said. “It was a really big challenge against Chile. The atmosphere was great, the team was physical, [had] great ball control.
“I think we took a really good step out of the game,” he added. INQ
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