Coach Scott Cooper resigns from PH men’s soccer team

Azkals head coach Scott Cooper quits without explanation two weeks before AFC Asian Cup qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines — Scott Cooper has resigned as head coach of the men’s national soccer team, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) announced on Sunday (May 22).

Cooper served as the Azkals’ head coach for three years, starting with the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Azkals the best for the future. It was a pleasure working with all the staff and players,” said Cooper, who did not reveal his reason for leaving.

Cooper thanked PFF National Teams Committee Chairman Dan Palami, as well as Azkals veterans Stephan Schrock and Neil Etheridge “for their unwavering support.”

Palami also praised Cooper for his contributions to the national team.

“We thank Coach Scott for sharing his knowledge, time, effort and for making great sacrifices to our Men’s National Team program,” said Palami.

“We’ve had our share of challenges managing the team and competing during the COVID-19 pandemic. During his tenure, we have been able to secure the commitment of players who we believe can help us achieve our goals. We wish Coach Scott every success in his future endeavours.

The PFF are expected to make an announcement on the new head coach as soon as the Azkals prepare for the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers from June 8-14 in Mongolia. –

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