“We have a more prepared team in the AFC tournament compared to the squad that competed in the EAFF tournament in Guam last year. We've been training since September, so we're a lot fitter and stronger,” said Northern Mariana Islands Football Association technical director Johann Noetzel, who is also the starting goalkeeper for the CNMI Men's National Team that will be playing in the qualifier in Nepal next month.'
“In the first month of our training, we practiced only twice a week and then it went to five times a week. Then in the last few months, we practice for six times a week. Every member worked hard during the training sessions and did their best in finding time to practice after their work to show commitment on the team,” Noetzel added in an interview with Saipan Tribune last Thursday during a send-off party for the team.
Joining Noetzel on the CNMI Men's National Team are captains Joe Miller and Trey Dunn, Jehn Joyner, Jireh Yobech, Timothy Tawanpiy, Sean Perez, Ruselle and Raphael Zapanta, Jake Tiger Lee, Steve McKagan, Peter Loken, Dan Westphal, Lucas Knecht, Bo Barry, Yuki Adachi, Nick Swaim, Dae Won Jeon, Chris Nelson, and fellow goalie Evan Hunsberger.