MP United Club’s boys U18 team will test its mettle against well-established youth teams in the Philippines when it competes in the 2013 Pilipinas Cup International Invitation Youth Tournament later this month in Sta. Rosa.
The Typhoons are one of the select teams invited to the Manila Soccer Academy-organized and Philippine Football Federation-sanctioned tournament that will run from Oct. 28 to 31 at the Nuvali-Evoliving Field in Laguna, south of Manila. They will be battling the Pilipinas Cup against Ateneo de Manila HS Team, Bataan Elite FC, La Salle Greenhills , Loyola Meralco Sparks FC, Manila Jeepney FC, Sta. Rosa, and Team Socerroo.
MP United coach Norman del Rosario said that as of last Monday these eight teams have been accepted to the tournament, while organizers are still evaluating the other squads that have expressed interest in joining the event due to the limited slots.
“MP United FC got invited through football friends in the Philippines. The program head, Monty Roxas has a son and nephew in the Philippine Teen Azkals U19 NT Pool, which Enrico del Rosario of MP United FC U18 is also a part of. So when I heard about the Pilipinas Cup I discussed with them the possibility of bringing MP United FC in the Cup,” the MP United FC coach added.
Enrico del Rosario is also one of the 16 players who will suit up for the MP United FC when the club plays in the Pilipinas Cup. Joining him are Chris Aninzo , Greg Sablan, Kennedy Izuka, John Taisacan, John Diego Masga, Bob Kim, Scott Kim, Thanyakorn Konkoed, Jehn Joyner , Chris Park , Angelo Jones , Namki Kim, Tanapon Unsa , Daniel Lim , and Sungbae Park. The team is practicing four times a week to prepare for the tournament.
“We sometimes add another day of practice. We also work on the conditioning and physical attributes of the players as we will be playing twice a day in this tournament,” del Rosairo said.
The schedule of the tournament has yet to be released, but participating teams will be divided into two groups and each pool will play in a round-robin format with the Top 2 teams in each bracket advancing to the playoffs.
“All teams will play at least 4 games and as many as 6 games,” Del Rosario said, adding that scouts will be watching the tournament.
“Collegiate and UFL (United Football League, Philippines) team scouts will be watching the games. Our boys will get a chance to land college scholarships or UFL contract should they perform well and impress these people. I’ve already received a few inquiries on the boys and I’m stoked for them. This trip will also give an opportunity for our non-US players to experience playing in an international tournament,” the Typhoons coach said.
Besides the boys U18 squad, six female players of the MP United FC will also participate in the same tournament. The list includes Michelle and Rachelle Masga, Amy Taylor, Jayda Mendoza, Karleen Reyes, and Seoung Hyun Lee and they will suit up for Chelsea FC Philippines, which is a team under the Younghusband Football Academy of PH players and siblings Phil and James Younghusband.
Meanwhile, MP United FC has been holding fundraising activities for their players participation in the Pilipinas Cup and the club would like to thank the following for their support: IT&E, The Athlete’s Foot, All Star Sporting Goods, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, McDonalds, Saipan Ice & Water Co, and Rep. Ramon Tebuteb.