With the results of the AFF Suzuki Cup Draw now known, the Philippine Senior Men's National football team is aware of what lies ahead of them come late November in Thailand. Given that context, they have arranged for a camp to be conducted in the United States to commence the next stage of their preparations.
The training camp is scheduled from August 2 to 17 in the vicinity of Chicago, highlighted by two friendlies. The first friendly will be against US Premier Development League (PDL) side Chicago Inferno on August 11 at 7:30 PM local time (August 12 8:30 AM in Manila) at Joe Bean Stadium in Wheaton College. The second friendly is a FIFA international friendly against the United States Virgin Islands on August 17, also at 7:30 PM local time (August 18 8:30 AM in Manila). That friendly will be held at Kuntz Memorial Stadium in Indianapolis. In addition, the Inferno and the USVI team are scheduled to go up against each other at Joe Bean Stadium on August 14.
The friendlies have been dubbed as the P/E Capital Investments Invitational Cup, and the matches involving the Philippines will be shown live by ABS-CBN Sports.
The Inferno finished their 2012 PDL campaign tied at the bottom of the Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference with 15 points, toting a 4-9-3 record. They ended the season losing four of their last five matches. The PDL is considered as the top amateur football league in North America, and is the fourth-tier in the United States football pyramid.
The United States Virgin Islands are dubbed as The Dashing Eagle. FIFA has them pegged at 177th overall, while they are ranked 215th in the Elo Ratings.
In addition, the Philippines has finalized a friendly with Cambodia that is to be conducted in Phnom Penh on September 7. Unlike the Azkals, the Angkor Warriors will have to undergo a qualifying round on October in Myanmar against the hosts, Timor Leste, Laos and Brunei, with the top two teams progressing to the group stage proper.