MP United FC advanced to the Final Four of the 2013 Pilipinas Cup International Invitational Youth Tournament after finishing in the Top 2 in the boys U18 division of the Philippine Football Federation-sanctioned competition being played at the Nuvali-Evoliving Field in Laguna, Philippines.
The Typhoons completed its round-robin assignment in Group B with a 2-1 record. MP United missed a sweep in the elimination round after losing to the heavily favored and UAAP (Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines) champion Ateneo yesterday, 0-1. Before the defeat, MP United dominated Sta. Rosa FC last Monday, 4-1, and then shut out Manila Jeepney FC last Tuesday, 2-0.
After helping MP United win its first two games, MP United strikers Tanapon Unsa and Jehn Joyner became marked men in their game against Ateneo. Three defenders hounded Unsa, who scored two goals in the Typhoons opening game, while Joyner was often doubled team.
On defense, MP United held Ateneo scoreless in the first half before the latter finally hit the board going into the five minute mark of the second half. The Typhoons tried to bounce back and had several attempts, but could not make the conversion.
With the loss, MP United is forced to have an early collision against another top contender, the Loyola Meralco Sparks, who are bannered by collegiate players from Far Eastern University. Loyola ruled Group A with its 3-0 record and faces the Typhoons in the first semis game today at 10am (12pm Sapan time). In the other semis match at 11am, Ateneo battles La Salle Greenhills.
MPU female players suit up for unbeaten Chelsea
Meanwhile, six MP United players are also competing in the Pilipinas Cup. Michelle and Rachelle Masga, Amy Taylor, Jayda Mendoza, Karleen Reyes, and Seoung Hyun Lee are playing for Chelsea FC, which is unbeaten in four games in the four-team field in the open division.
Rachelle was the starting goalie for Chelsea and made a lot of saves in their 2-0 win over Elite FC. In their second game against St. Paul Balayaan, Reyes and Michelle Masga drilled two goals apiece and lifted Chelsea to a 9-0 victory. Chelsea’s two other wins were against MSU Global FC, 2-1, and versus Elite FC anew, 2-1.