Thomas Dooley (born May 12, 1961) is an American former soccer defender and defensive midfielder, a long-time member and former captain of the United States national team. Dooley last served as the head coach of the Philippines national team.
|Full name||Thomas Dennis Dooley|
|Date of birth||May 12, 1961|
|Place of birth||Bechhofen, (then West Germany)|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|–1979||TuS Eintracht 1912 Bechhofen|
|1988–1993||1. FC Kaiserslautern||128||(14)|
|2002–2003||1. FC Saarbrücken|
|2011–2012||United States (assistant coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Dooley was born to a German mother and a U.S. Army father.
Dooley started his professional career in 1984 with third division club FC Homburg. Prior to that, he had played as a forward with amateur team FK Pirmasens. He moved to midfield with Homburg and helped the team move steadily up the German leagues, until they finally reached the Bundesliga.
He moved to Kaiserslautern in 1988 and helped them to the German Cup in 1990 and the Bundesliga title in 1991. After the 1994 World Cup, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, and to Schalke 04 a year after that, helping them to the 1997 UEFA Cup title. At the end of the season, he made his move to Major League Soccer (MLS), signing with the Columbus Crew. Dooley would spend three seasons in Columbus, and was named to the MLS Best XI in both 1997 and 1998.
In 2000, Thomas was traded to the MetroStars for Mike Duhaney, partially to help support Lothar Matthäus' adjustment to the United States. Dooley played one year for the Metros before retiring from soccer altogether.
As US Soccer started to look abroad for players eligible to play for its national team in advance of its hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Dooley was discovered; he assumed US citizenship in 1992, and made his first international appearance on May 30 against Ireland. Dooley became a regular for the US almost immediately, being named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1993 and then playing every minute at the 1994 World Cup. After John Harkes was dismissed from the U.S. national team, Dooley was named captain for the 1998 World Cup, and started every game for the U.S.
On February 21, 1999, Dooley was given a send-off match by the United States in a friendly against Chile. He ended his international career with 81 caps and seven goals.
|1||June 9, 1993||Foxborough, Massachusetts||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||June 13, 1993||Chicago, Illinois||1–1||3–4||Friendly|
|4||July 14, 1993||Dallas, Texas||2–1||2–1||1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|5||June 18, 1995||Washington, D.C.||2–0||4–0||Friendly|
|6||June 16, 1996||Pasadena, California||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|7||November 10, 1996||Richmond, Virginia||1–0||2–0||1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
After retiring, Dooley went back to Germany and became the head coach of FC Saarbrücken in 2002 and 2003. Dooley was appointed by US national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann to be an assistant coach in the match against Mexico on August 10, 2011.
In February 2014, Dooley signed a one-year deal with the Philippine Football Federation to handle the Philippines national team. His first match was a friendly against Malaysia which ended 0–0, and a few days later, narrowly lost to European side Azerbaijan 1–0. Dooley earned his first win for the Philippines after his charges defeated Nepal 3–0 in another friendly match in Qatar.
Dooley earned national team manager Dan Palami's praise after his first few matches in charge. Palami commended Dooley's ability to foster a better understanding of the game to his squad and give subs and reserves chances to step up in the absence of star players."Our players have a better understanding of the role they have to play in their respective positions under Dooley's system that anyone can step up even if we don't have our stars playing," Palami said.
The Philippine national team came close to qualifying to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. They failed to qualify after they lost 0–1 to Palestine in the final of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.Two months after the tournament, Stephan Schröck and Dennis Cagara resigned from the national team over tensions with Dooley. Schröck had disagreement with the setup of the national team under Dooley but has made amends with the coach in 2015 and briefly played once again for the Philippines though undisclosed issues surfaced in 2016.
In his first match coaching the Philippines in a World Cup qualifier, Dooley's team defeated Bahrain 2–1. After an impressive run in qualifying that included a 3–2 win over North Korea that was considered an upset, Dooley's contract was extended for two years.
Dooley failed to get the Philippines past the group stage at the 2016 AFF Championship, which the Philippines co-hosted with Myanmar. He managed to secure qualification for the Philippines for their first Asian Cup stint in the 2019 by winning 2–1 over Tajikistan in March 2018.The coach's contract with the Philippines ended on March 31, 2018 after the historic match. Dooley's contract was not renewed and the PFF announced Terry Butcher as his successor in June 2018.
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- Thomas Dooley – FIFA competition record
- "Ex-US skipper Dooley is new Azkals coach: report". ABS-CBN News. January 31, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
- Teng Kiat (February 7, 2014). "Philippines appoint Dooley as new coach". Goal.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- "Malaysia 0 – 0 Philippines Match report – 3/1/14 Friendlies". Goal.com. March 1, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- "First half header lifts Azerbaijan past PHL Azkals". GMA News Online. March 6, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- Ceres Lina (April 12, 2014). "Dooley picks up first win as Azkals coach after 3–0 blowout versus Nepal". GMA News Online. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- "Palami likes Azkals' chances in AFC Challenge Cup". Rappler. April 22, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- Moore, Roy (May 31, 2014). "Azkals forced to settle for second place at 2014 AFC Challenge Cup". GMA News. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
- Go, Beatrice (March 28, 2018). "No decision yet on Dooley's contract according to Azkals manager Palami". Rappler. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
- Hammond, Ashley (March 16, 2018). "Axeing Schrock could come back to haunt Dooley". Gulf News International. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
- "Philippines upset Bahrain in World Cup qualifying". ESPN FC. ESPN. June 11, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- Tupas, Cedelf (April 19, 2016). "Dooley stays Azkals coach for another two years". Inquirer.net. IGC. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
- Duerden, John (March 28, 2018). "Philippines rally to make history and qualify for first-ever Asian Cup". ESPN 5. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
- Go, Beatrice (April 3, 2018). "Azkals move forward with possible new recruits, 'bayanihan' initiatives – Palami". Rappler. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
- Leongson, Randolph (April 3, 2018). "Palami on Dooley's status with Azkals: 'A lot of reasons for him to be extended'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
- Saldajeno, Ivan Stewart (June 16, 2018). "Dooley respects PFF decision to replace him with Butcher". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
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