Back-to-back Philippines Football League Champions Ceres-Negros FC starts their title defense when they face Stallion Laguna FC on May 25 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in the Philippine capital.
The Busmen are keen to start their domestic campaign on a high note when they face the Laguna squad who have had plenty of good signings in the off-season.
Gerardo Jinggoy Valmayor and Chima Uzoka will be potent up front for the Laguna side with Uzoka bringing with him Thai league experience in the fold. The UP connection of OJ Clarino and Daniel Gadia would give them a big boost them in the midfield.
Patrick Deyto is their biggest signing to date after the former Azkal has recovered from a minor offseason surgery. Regular holdovers Matt Nierras, Fitch Arboleda, and team captain Ruben Doctora will carry the banner for the strongest Stallion lineup in recent history.
Both teams earned one win each against each other in the Copa Paulino Alcantara group stage last year but the Laguna side eliminated the Negros representatives largely on their 3-0 win on their first encounter. The Busmen pulled back with a 2-1 win later on but it was not enough for them to reach the knockout rounds.
Ceres-Negros will be keen on bouncing back after its surprising defeat against Becamex Binh Duong at home in the final match of the group stage of the AFC Cup. The defending champs are set to test their mettle in the domestic scene in preparation for its big test against Hanoi FC in June.
A full squad will be in the disposal of Coach Risto Vidakovic which includes the likes of Bienvenido Maranon, Mike Ott, and Roland Muller. Blake Powell will also be available after a minor surgery in the off-season.
The 7PM match will be the highlight of a double header after the game between Kaya FC-Iloilo and Green Archers United at 4PM. Tickets are pegged at P50 which will already cover the cost of both games. Matches will be streamed live via PFLtv.ph
First 6 games will be the following: Match 1: May 25 venue (TBA) vs Ceres Match 2: May 29 @ Biñan vs Kaya Match 3: June 1 venue (TBA) vs Airforce Match 4: June 15 @ Biñan vs Mendiola Match 5: June 19 venue (TBA) vs GAU Match 6: June 29 @ Biñan vs Global
MANILA, Philippines – Jarvey Gayoso produced some late magic to force extra time as Ateneo scored a thrilling 2-1 win over fierce rival La Salle to reclaim the crown in the UAAP Season 81 men's football tournament Thursday, May 16, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Green Archers had looked to end a 21-year title drought after rookie Mohammad Almohjili opened the account in the 78th minute.
But Gayoso, who bagged the season MVP on top of winning his fourth straight Best Striker award, scored in what could be one of the best games of his young, decorated career.
From a Luke Alleje assist, Gayoso netted the wonderful goal – his 12th this season – early in stoppage time for the Blue Eagles to level at 1-1, sending the match to extra 30 minutes.
Skipper Julian Roxas, one of 3 graduating Ateneo players, then hit a 100th minute header off an Alleje cross to give Ateneo a 2-1 lead that it protected until the final whistle.
The Blue Eagles won their second crown in 3 years and eighth overall.
Ateneo now also leads its finals head-to-head tally versus La Salle, 3-2, with the Katipunan side taking the last two meetings.
AJ Arcilla, who produced key saves for the Eagles in extra time, was named Best Goalkeeper, while the Rookie of the Year honors went to Shanden Vergara of the Archers.
La Salle's Yoshi Koizumi and Jed Diamante bagged the Best Defender and Best Midfielder awards, respectively, while University of Santo Tomas won the Fair Play award.
Aside from Roxas, Rupert Baña and Jeremiah Rocha ended their UAAP careers as champions. – Rappler.com
MANILA, Philippines – La Salle topped Far Eastern University, 2-0, in the UAAP women's football final to capture a record 11th championship on Thursday, May 16, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
After a goalless first half, the Lady Booters went on attack mode as Rocelle Mendaño opened the scoring with a 54th minute header while rookie Shai Del Campo netted her 10th goal of the season with a 79th minute strike that iced the win and the three-peat.
Sara Castañeda, La Salle's heart and soul, was named the season MVP.
"I'm very happy and very thankful that I got the chance to play for this team," said Castañeda, who also won Best Midfielder. "I don't think we thought of the championship so much. More of us, we try to play our best in every game."
Del Campo won the Rookie of the Year and Best Striker honors, while her teammate Tashka Lacson bagged the Best Goalkeeper award.
Hannah Pachejo of the Lady Tamaraws took the Best Defender plum, while the Lady Booters claimed the Fair Play award.
University of Santo Tomas, last season's losing finalist, finished 3rd place. – Rappler.com
The Philippines Football League (PFL) will finally kick off on May 25 with seven clubs in the fold, following the Philippine Football Federation’s (PFF) decision to grant Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force club licenses that will allow both squads to vie in the competition.
PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said Mendiola and Air Force were granted provisional licenses by the federation just like Green Archers United, which joins pioneer clubs Ceres Negros, Kaya-Iloilo, Global and Stallion Laguna this season.
The PFF had to salvage the competition after the PPL defied the federation’s directive by allowing Mendiola and Air Force to play despite the absence of a club license.
The PPL only had five clubs, which was later reduced to four when Ceres decided to also withdraw from the competition.
Gastanes said the PFF will use the PFL to determine which clubs to nominate for AFC competitions next year.
The Philippine Football Federation has accepted the invitation of Chinese Football Association for an International Friendly between the Philippine Men’s “A” National Team and the China PR Men’s “ A” National Team on 7 June 2019 in Guangzhou, China PR.
The friendly match will be held during the FIFA International Match Window and will be the Philippines’ first official match following their maiden run in the AFC Asian Cup last January 2019.
This will be the 24th overall meeting between the two countries since 1913. Their last match was during the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 group stages. China PR won that match, 3-0.
Following the friendly, the Philippines “A” team will have a practice match against a local club on 9 June 2019 in Guangdong Province, China PR.
The matches will serve as part of the team’s preparation for the much anticipated Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / AFC Asian Cup 2023 which begins in September 2019.