Davao Aguilas FC Holds Successful Youth Football Day with LA Galaxy

DAVAO AGUILAS FC PLANS TO HAVE SIMILAR EVENTS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY BY NEXT YEAR

LA GALAXY’s Wes Meadows and Davao Aguilas FC players at Davao Aguilas FC’s Youth Football Day held at McKinley Stadium at BGC (Photo Courtesy: Mickey Sanchez/DAFC)

04 DECEMBER 2017 – MANILA: Mindanao-based Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC), along with LA Galaxy coaches Wes Meadows, Job Quevedo and Chris Howe, had their first Youth Football Day at McKinley Stadium, at Bonifacio Global City (BGC), last weekend.
Over 100 kids, with ages ranging from 8-16, got to participate in the free event hosted by Davao Aguilas FC.  The kids represented various schools in Metro Manila such as Don Bosco Tech Institute Makati, Letran Manila, Paco Catholic School, PAREF Woodrose School, Saint Pedro Poveda College, San Beda College Alabang, East Rembo Elementary School, Global Leaders International School,  St. Anthony School Manila and La Salle Greenhills.
The LA Galaxy coaches, along with Davao Aguilas FC coaches and players Marko Trkulja, Matthew Hartmann, Jordan Jarvis, Gerald Layumas, Princeton Josue, Stephen Burda, Kim Versales, Brad McDonald, Richard Talaroc and Andy Esswein, ran the said event. 

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Head Coach Marlon Maro, who is currently in Taiwan for the CTFA International Tournament, says, “It is a good start for Davao Aguilas FC to develop international cooperation with a big club like LA Galaxy.  At the same time, helping Philippine football in the development of young footballers.”  
Maro continues, “Events such as this one also showcases the technical capability of the club in finding future footballers in the country.”
LA Galaxy Coach Wes Meadows, on the other hand, says, “It has been great to partner up with Davao Aguilas, their staff, and players as well.  Obviously for us, with 100 kids being here, we needed additional staff, and they have been very accommodating.  It is great to work out and have this activity with a club here locally.”

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As for the participants, Coach Meadows had this to say, “The kids have been great.  And for us, LA Galaxy, we are fortunate to travel all over the world, and domestically, be able to see a lot of players.  I think here in the Philippines, there’s a lot of potential here.  Overall, we are certainly pleased with the level.”
Before arriving in Manila, the LA Galaxy coaches came from Korea, where they had tryouts for their second team for 10 days, before stopping in Guam for another youth football event there.
With the success of its first Youth Football Day, Davao Aguilas FC thus intends to hold similar events in other parts of the country in the near future.


For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial. 

More pics of the Davao Aguilas FC – LA Galaxy Youth Football Day here:
(Photo Courtesy: Mickey Sanchez/DAFC)

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Davao Auilas FC Stays on Point and Goes for a Win Against Kaya FC Makati

Davao Aguilas FC’s Angel Guirado got two goals for the team and was named Man of The Match.

19 NOVEMBER 2017 – MANILA: Away team Davao Aguilas FC stayed focused and on point on Saturday evening’s match against Kaya FC Makati, held in Makati City, as they went for a 1-3 win, in their favor.
Angel Guirado was the first one who went for the goal on the 26th minute, with a very good assist from Enzo Cheng.  An equalizer however took place on the 58th minute from Kaya FC Makati’s Alfred Osei. But Davao Aguilas went all out again and gained two more goals, courtesy of Australian Harrison Sawyer on the 65th minute, and Angel Guirado once more on the 74th minute.
Head Coach Marlon Maro says, “Happy and satisfied and I think it is because the players really wanted to win tonight.  The delivery and the process made us score a lot of goals tonight, and also the players responded well to each other.”
Angel Guirado, who was named Man of the Match says, “For me the team is more important because, the team worked good tonight.  I’m happy because I scored, but more importantly, the team has 3 points more and I’m also looking forward to our next season.  This boosts the confidence of the team.”
Davao Aguilas FC’s next matches will be on November 21 against JPV Marikina at 7 p.m., and on November 25 at 4 p.m., to be held at Rizal Memorial Stadium (RMS), against JPV Marikina as well.

*NEXT MATCHES WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 21 AND 25, BOTH AGAINST JPV MARIKINA

For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial. 

ABOUT DAVAO AGUILAS FC (DAFC):

Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC), was established earlier this year as a professional football club, based out of Tagum, Davao del Norte, in Mindanao.  Its mission is to help develop football in Davao and the entire region.
The coaching staff is headed by Marlon Maro, while DAFC’s Chairman is Jefferson Cheng.
The club’s lead sponsor is San Miguel Corporation (SMC).  Other club partners include Tapa King, Roadhouse Cafe, City Mall Davao and PAGSS Lounge.
Expect more from Davao Aguilas FC as they take part in Philippines Football League (PFL) this season!
For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.

Davao Aguilas FC to Face-Off with Ceres Negros FC in Bacolod City

DAVAO AGUILAS FC BACK IN HOME PITCH IN TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE ON NOVEMBER 5

(L-R) Ceres Negros FC Head Coach Risto Vidakovic, Martin Steuble, Davao Aguilas FC player Jason Cordova and Coach Melchor Anzures, face the local media here in Bacolod City at the pre-match press conference held at L’Fisher Hotel.
02 NOVEMBER 2017 – BACOLOD CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL: Davao Aguilas FC’s Coach Mel Anzures and Jason Cordova, along with Ceres Negros’ Head Coach Risto Vidakovic and player Martin Steuble, faced the local media today at the L’ Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City. 
They are set to face-off at Panaad Stadium tonight at 7 p.m. for the 4th and last time for the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League (PFL).  Their last encounter in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, in front of 4,000 Davao supporters, ended in a draw, with a score of 1-1.
After this match, Davao Aguilas FC will fly back to their home pitch, for this Sunday’s match at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex, as they face Stallion Laguna FC on November 5, at 4 p.m.  
Head Coach Marlon Maro says, “Davao Aguilas FC is already gaining altitude and the support from the home fans has been tremendous.  We will come out strong and defend our “nest” for our next home matches.
For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial. 

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Davao Aguilas FC Tests its Mettle Against Ilocos United FC, Keeps a Clean Sheet with a Score of 2-0

COACH MARO SAYS FANS GAVE THEM STRENGTH AND FIRE TO WIN THE MATCH

16 OCTOBER 2017 – TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE: Davao Aguilas FC tested its mettle against PFL’s last placer, Ilocos United FC, at its home pitch in Tagum City, Davao del Norte last Sunday.  
The Aguilas players kept a clean sheet and earned two goals, courtesy of Harrison Sawyer in the 24th minute and James Younghusband on the 65th minute.
Head Coach Marlon Maro says, “We are happy with the win.  I guess the week-long break gave us a lot of elbow room to do the adjustments, and develop our style of play.  I am very satisfied that in the end, we ended up winning.”
Maro continues, “We would like to thank the more than 4,500 fans as well for coming.  The fans gave us both the strength and the fire to win this match.”
This weekend’s win gives Davao Aguilas FC a total of 11 points, while Ilocos United FC, which is still on the last place, has a total of 7 points.
Both teams face off against each other once again on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial. 

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ABOUT DAVAO AGUILAS FC (DAFC):
Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC), was established earlier this year as a professional football club, based out of Tagum, Davao del Norte, in Mindanao.  Its mission is to help develop football in Davao and the entire region.

The coaching staff is headed by Marlon Maro, while DAFC’s Chairman is Jefferson Cheng.
The club’s lead sponsor is San Miguel Corporation (SMC).  Other club partners include Tapa King, Roadhouse Cafe, City Mall Davao and PAGGS Lounge.

Expect more from Davao Aguilas FC as they take part in Philippines Football League (PFL) this season!

For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.

Azkals Share Points with Yemen, Remains on Top of Group F

The Philippine Azkals are among the national teams in action this international break as they continue their campaign to make it to the 2019 AFC Asia Cup.
The Azkals faced a very familiar foe in Yemen. A team they have been grouped with during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
This time, both teams slug it out for Group F’s top spot. A position which is very important to be in, since only the top 2 teams of each group will qualify for Asia’s premier football competition 2 years from now.
The match against Yemen was held in Qatar where a good number of Filipinos were in attendance to support the Azkals. Both teams had great share of possession. Etheridge though, seemed to be the busier keeper as the Yemenis had great chances throughout the game.
In the 63rd minute, Yemen scored the game’s opening goal after a scramble right in front of the Azkals goal. From thereon, the Azkals created better chances. The Filipinos were keen to equalize and share the points with Yemen. Time wasn’t on their side but they kept pushing, until Paul Mulders found Mike Ott who easily found the back of the net in the 89th minute of the match.
It was a huge relief for the Azkals since they knew that if they gave the win away, Yemen would take the group’s top spot.
The Azkals will face Nepal next. The game is scheduled to take place on November 14 and will be an away match for our national team.

5 Davao Aguilas FC Players Get Called Up for the Philippines Squad for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Match VS Yemen

COACH MARO SAYS CLUB IS COMMITTED TO HELPING PHILIPPINE FOOTBALL

Photo Caption: Davao Aguilas FC Team Captain Phil Younghusband going for the goal, at one of their recent matches in Tagum City, which ended in a draw.


3 OCTOBER 2017 – MANILA: Five Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC) players, have been called up to be part of the Philippine men’s national team squad for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers Match between the Philippines and Yemen.  The match will take place on October 10, 2017, at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
This will be the second time that Azkals and Yemen will face each other in the qualifiers.  Their last encounter ended in a 2-2 draw last September 5, 2017, at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, which saw top Davao Aguilas FC players Phil and James Younghusband contributing 1 goal each, for the Philippine side.
The five (5) Davao Aguilas players are as follows:


    1.    DE BRUYCKER, Dylan
    2.    O’DONNELL, Nicholas
    3.    ROTA, Simone
    4.    YOUNGHUSBAND, James
    5.    YOUNGHUSBAND, Phil
This is also the second call-up for 19-year old Fil-Belgian Dylan De Bruycker, who is also a key player in the U22 Philippine men’s football team.
Head Coach Marlon Maro of Davao Aguilas FC says, “The call-up is a confirmation that DAFC players have quality.  As a football club, we are committed to helping Philippine football.  My best wishes to Azkals and to all DAFC players.  Make our country proud!”
For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial. 

Younghusbands Play for Davao Aguilas FC for the First Time

DAVAO AGUILAS FC GETS BACK INTO ACTION WITH GLOBAL CEBU FC ON SEPTEMBER 9

Team Captain Phil Younghusband at one of the tune-up matches of Davao Aguilas FC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently (Photo by Mickey Sanchez)

8 SEPTEMBER 2017 – TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE: Fans can expect another packed match on September 9, as Davao Aguilas FC plunges back into action as they go up against Global Cebu FC, after their month-long international break.
This, after Davao Aguilas FC players saw action both for the SEA Games and the recent Azkals match vs. Yemen.  Seven of the U22-Aguilas players took part in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; while 5 other players were called up to be part of the Azkals recently.  With Reymart Cubon of U22, scoring a goal for the Philippines and both the Younghusband brothers – Phil and James, scoring a goal each in their Azkals match vs. Yemen.
Davao Aguilas FC also had tune-up matches in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with various Malaysian clubs in preparation for their PFL return.
This weekend’s match will also be the first time that Phil and James Younghusband will suit up as Davao Aguilas FC players.
Match will start at 4 p.m. and will be held at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex.  Tickets are available at the stadium.  
For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.  

7 Davao Aguilas FC Players Proud to Represent the Country at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur

DAVAO AGUILAS FC TRAINING CAMP TO TAKE PLACE IN KL IN PREPARATION FOR UPCOMING MATCHES, TO RESUME SEPT. 9  

Davao Aguilas FC players, proud representatives of the Philippines at the upcoming SEA Games to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Seven Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC) players, who are  part of the U22 Philippine men’s football team, are proud representatives of the country at the 29th South East Asian (SEA) Games, set to begin next week, with their first match taking place on August 15, against Cambodia, at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.  
The 7 Davao Aguilas players are as follows:
    1.    BAUTISTA, Junell Mark
    2.    CHENG, Jaime Vicenzo
    3.    CUBON, Raymart
    4.   DE BRUYCKER, Dylan Alain Lucienne
    5.    DIAZ, Van Rey
    6.    JARVIS, Jordan Blair
    7.    TALAROC, Richard Jr.
Coach Gary Phillips of DAFC says, “Very exciting times for Davao Aguilas FC, we have 7 representatives, that’s wonderful for our club.  Obviously, we wish them all the best, we are confident that they will do well and represent Philippine football in a good way, and they are quality players, quality individuals.  We are very excited for them and I’m sure they will do us proud.”
In preparation for the SEA Games, a football camp was also held in Japan, in cooperation with Japan Football Association.
The rest of the Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC) will also be in KL, Malaysia, not only to support the U22 members of the club, but also for a training camp which will prepare them for the resumption of their PFL matches, set to resume on September 9, at Tagum City, Davao del Norte, in a match that will pit them against Global Cebu FC.

Davao Aguilas FC Officially Signs Phil and James Younghusband as Newest Players of the Club

03 AUGUST 2017 – MANILA: Mindanao-based Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC), has just signed 2 more prominent Azkals stalwarts, namely Phil and James Younghusband.
The contract signing ceremony was held at Makati Shangri-la Hotel last night, which was witnessed by Davao Aguilas club executives, headed by its Chairman, Jefferson Cheng.   
Davao Aguilas Football Club Chairman Jefferson Cheng says, “We are happy to welcome Phil and James into our club.  Both are quality players and fine gentlemen that will blend well into our club and represent Davao Aguilas with utmost professionalism.  Our fans and supporters are equally excited about our new signings.  I am sure they will contribute not only to Davao Aguilas, but also help us succeed in our vision to promote and advance Philippine football.”
Apart from the Younghusband siblings, recent signings include Simone Rota, Jason de Jong, Matthew Hartmann and Nick O’ Donnell.   
The Younghusbands are set to see action as Aguilas when they go against Global Cebu FC on September 9, in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
For more information about Davao Aguilas FC, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.  

Davao Aguilas FC Fans Goes to Another Exciting Head to Head Match With FC Meralco Manila

Matthew Hartmann debuts as a Davao Aguilas FC player at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City
28 JULY 2017 – TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE: The home crowd in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, can expect another exciting match this Saturday, July 29 at 4 p.m., as the home team – Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC), collides with FC Meralco Manila (FCMM) once again.
The last match these two teams had at Davao del Norte Sports Complex was last June 21 ended in a draw, with a score of 2-2, damaging what was then the perfect record of wins of FC Meralco Manila.
The Aguilas have also strengthened its team by adding new players such as Matthew Hartman, Nick O’ Donnell, Australian striker Harrison Sawyer who were all seen on the start list in their previous match against Ceres-Negros FC last week at Panaad Stadium, in Bacolod City.
For this Saturday’s match, fans might be able to see new signings such as Tagum native U22 player Raymart Cubon, Jorrel Aristorenas, Simone Rota and Jason De Jong show off their wares at the home pitch of Davao Aguilas.
Match will be held at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex.  Tickets are available at the stadium.
For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.

7 Davao Aguilas FC Players Get Called Up For AFC U23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers

Davao Aguilas FC players Jordan Jarvis and Dylan De Bruycker leaving Cebu for Cambodia, to join 5 other Davao Aguilas FC players who were called up for the AFC U23 Champions China 2018 Qualifiers.

18 JULY 2017 – MANILA: The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has called-up the following Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC) players for the AFC U23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers – Group J, set to take place from July 19 to 23, 2017, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:

    1    BAUTISTA, Junell Mark
    2    CHENG, Jaime Vicenzo
    3    DE BRUYCKER, Dylan Alain Lucienne
    4    DE LA  TORRE, Rey Franco Miguel
    5    DIAZ, Van Rey
    6    JARVIS, Jordan Blair
    7    TALAROC, Richard Jr.
Five of the seven players flew from Japan for the training camp arranged by the Philippine Football Federation, along with Japan Football Association.  These players are Junnell Mark Bautista, Jaime Vicenzo Cheng, Rey Franco Miguel De La Torre, Van Rey Diaz and Richard Talaroc, Jr.  While Dylan Alain Lucienne De Bruycker, and newly signed former Ateneo player and UAAP Rookie of the Year Jordan Blair Jarvis came from Cebu, fresh from the Davao Aguilas FC-Global Cebu FC match, which ended with a result of 0-0.
Davao Aguilas FC Chairman Jefferson Cheng calls this, “A proud moment for our Club with 7 players called up to the National Team U22.”
The AFC Under-23 Championship 2018 will serve as a preparation for the 29th Southeast Asian Games which begins next month.
The Philippines are in Group J, along with Japan, China PR and Cambodia.
The schedule of matches are as follows:
19 July 2017
Japan vs Philippines – 3:30 PM Local time (4:30 PM Manila time)
21 July 2017
Philippines vs China PR – 3:30 PM Local time (4:30 PM Manila time)
23 July 2017
Cambodia vs Philippines – 6:30 PM Local time (7:30 PM Manila time)
For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.

Davao Aguilas FC Thwarts Expected Global Cebu FC Win Its Home Turf, Ends Game with a Clean Sheet

Man of the Match Marko Trkulja leads the team in thanking the Cebu crowd
16 JULY 2017 – CEBU CITY: Visiting team Davao Aguilas FC, came in as an underdog in an exciting Saturday night match at the Cebu City Sports Center.  The home crowd expected a third straight win from Global Cebu FC, winning over Ceres Negros FC and Stallions Laguna FC just days before.  But the Aguilas thwarted the crowd’s expectation and ended the match with a clean sheet, and a score of 0-0.
Davao Aguilas FC on the other hand, ’upped its game’ after its most recent setback in its own turf last week, after a loss of 5-1.
Coach Gary Phillips says, “I’m very proud of the team’s performance tonight, particularly at the back of last week’s results, which was unacceptable.  But to play a strong team like Global Cebu FC and to stick together and maintain their discipline, and they kept a clean sheet.  I’m very proud of the team’s effort.”
Goalkeeper Marko Trkulja was named Man of Match.
San Miguel Brewery and the Sportswriters Association of Cebu also took the time out  after the match, to hand over the award of recently signed Aguilas player, 19-year old Jordan Jarvis.  Jarvis was conferred the 35th All Cebu Sports Awards Special Citation for excellence in football and contributing to the professionalism of the sport.  This was also Jarvis’ second award from the association.    
Jarvis was also named UAAP season 79’s Rookie of the Year for men’s football earlier this year, after 
For more information about Davao Aguilas FC, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.  

Davao Aguilas RC Rips Meralco Sparks’ Perfect Record, Ends with a Draw 2-2

22 JUNE 2017 – TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE: In what seemed to be a David vs. Goliath match, wherein San Miguel Davao Aguilas Football Club, went up against top seed FC Meralco Manila (FCMM), the home boys sent the Sparks a very clear message, it was its home turf.
For over 90 minutes, the crowd of more than 4,000 spectators in a packed stadium at Davao del Norte Sports Complex, held its breath in what seemed to be a roller-coaster ride of a match.  San Miguel Davao Aguilas gave its fans a bigger reason to support football in its home stead, and showed that it can ground into halt Goliath’s perfect PFL joyride.
Fans were seen waiting for the Aguilas outside their locker room in a seeming celebration of having new hometown heroes.  
Australian Coach Gary Phillips says, “There’s no question, it’s a massive confidence boost for the team.  I think the bigger picture is for us is, we grew as a team, we got back into the game and we showed a lot of spirit.  And from day 1 I’ve said, we will be competitive, and that’s what we proved today.  It is great to have so many supporters here, it is great to be back home.  We believe in this team, we believe in this club.  I’m very proud of the effort, and collectively as a group, we are all very proud and we certainly take it as a win.” 
Its next match will be  June 25, 2017 at 4 p.m., wherein the home team would play host to visitors from up North – the Ilocos United Football Club (IUFC).  This will be the second time that these teams will go against each other, with their last match ending in a draw, with a score of 1-1 in Vigan, Ilocos Norte.
While on June 28, San Miguel Davao Aguilas FC will go up against the former UFL champs, Global Cebu FC.  It will be the first time that the Aguilas will play against Global FC, so fans can expect another exciting match. 
Tickets are available at the stadium.  For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.  

Davao Aguilas FC Back in Tagum for it’s Next 3 Home Games

Davao Aguilas FC arrives at Francisco Bangon Airport
in Davao City, welcomed by Ms. Diva Ng Davao 2017

20 JUNE 2017 – TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE: Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC) are back in Davao for its next 3 home games taking place on June 21, 25 and 28, at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex.
Its match on June 21 at 4 p.m. will be up against FC Meralco Manila, led by the likes of Phil and James Younghusband; and is expected to be another crowd-drawer of a match.  The last home match of Davao Aguilas FC drew a crowd of 4,384 local supporters.
On June 25, 2017 at 4 p.m., visitors from up North, Ilocos United Football Club, will be going against the home team.  This will be the second time that these teams will go against each other, with their last match ending in a draw, with a score of 1-1.
And on June 28, Davao Aguilas FC will go up against the former UFL champs, Global Cebu FC.  It will be the first time that the Aguilas will play against Global FC, so expect another exciting match.  Former Global FC players Richard Talaroc and Andy Esswein are also currently with Davao Aguilas FC.
Davao Aguilas FC also just had its match against Stallion Laguna FC last Sunday, which ended in a scoreless draw.  Its recent friendly with U22 on the other hand, ended with a score of 1-0, in favor of Davao Aguilas FC.

Tickets are available at the stadium.  For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.


ABOUT DAVAO AGUILAS FC:
Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC), was established earlier this year as a professional football club, based out of Tagum, Davao del Norte, in Mindanao.  Its mission is to help develop football in Davao and the whole of Mindanao.
The coaching staff is headed by Gary Philips, an Australian football veteran. DAFC’s CEO is Ramon Manuel, while its Chairman is Jefferson Cheng.
Expect more from Davao Aguilas FC as they take part in Philippines Football League (PFL) this season!

Davao Aguilas FC Attracts a Crowd of 4,834 in it’s First Home Game in Tagum


NEXT PFL MATCH OF DAFC WILL BE AGAINST KAYA FC ON MAY 21, 2017 TO BE HELD AT UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI STADIUM
15 May 2017 – TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE: Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC) attracted a crowd of 4,384 in its first home game at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex, which was the largest crowd drawn for any match in the newly started Philippines Football League (PFL).
DAFC went up against JPV Marikina FC, in an exciting match that led to a result of 3-2, in favor of the Marikina-based club.
Fil-Belgian midfielder Dylan de Bruycker, scored 2 goals for Davao Aguilas despite the tough weather that the team encountered on the pitch.
Next match will be against Kaya FC Makati on May 21, 2017 at 4 p.m., to be held at the University of Makati Football Stadium.
Tickets are available at the stadium.
For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.

ABOUT DAVAO AGUILAS FC:

Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC), was established earlier this year as a professional football club, based out of Tagum, Davao del Norte, in Mindanao.
The coaching staff is headed by Gary Philips, an Australian football veteran. DAFC’s CEO is Ramon Manuel, while its Chairman is Jefferson Cheng.
Expect more from Davao Aguilas FC as they take part in Philippines Football League (PFL) this season!

For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.

Davao Aguilas FC All Set For Home Game Against JPV Marikina

13 May 2017 – TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE: Davao Aguilas FC is all set for its first home game for the Philippines Football League (PFL), to be held at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex on Sunday, May 14, 2017.  They will be going up against JPV Marikina, which was previously part of the UFL. 
The team is starting to create a following in Davao and nearby provinces; and fans were seen waiting for them when they arrived at the Davao airport last Friday.
Australian Head Coach Gary Philips says, “We are excited to be here in Davao and we are looking forward to our first home game and we hope our fans will turn up in numbers and support the team.  We all are excited, we can’t wait to see you on Sunday.”
Coach Gary has previously worked in 5 different countries, including the National League in Australia.  He was also previously with AFC, for Coach Education and has also handled international men’s and women’s teams.
The team’s goalkeeping coach on the other hand is Australian James Fraser, renowned World Cup goalkeeper for Australia in 1974.  
The team’s impressive line-up is composed of homegrown footballers, national team players and Fil-foreign players.  Local players include Team Captain Jason Cordova,  John Nico Macapal, Kim Versales, Junell Bautista, Philippine Azkals standout Nate Burkey, Under 22 mainstays Van Rey Diaz and Richard Talaroc of Misamis Oriental, Princeton Josue, Davao goalkeeper Roeder Ignacio, Tagum native Alexis Cabistante, Mujer Sumail, Amir Amaikurut, Kahlil Jikiri, Justin Cheng,
John Philip De Los Santos, John Resty Gumban, Gerald Layumas, Jay-Ar Bucayan, Stephen Burda and Rey Franco De La Torre.   
Fil-foreign players include Brad McDonald, Fil-American right wing Omar Khan, attacker Gilmar Fernandez, midfielder Andreas Esswein, Serbian goalkeeper Marko Trkulja, striker Nikola Grubjesic, defender Milos Krstic and Dylan De Bruycker, who scored the first goal for the team in last weekend’s match against Ilocos United.  
Tickets are still available at the stadium.  You can also get free tickets when you register at http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.
ABOUT DAVAO AGUILAS FC:
Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC), was established earlier this year as a professional football club, based out of Tagum, Davao del Norte, in Mindanao.
The coaching staff is headed by Gary Philips, an Australian football veteran. DAFC’s CEO is Ramon Manuel, while its Chairman is Jefferson Cheng.
Expect more from Davao Aguilas FC as they take part in Philippines Football League (PFL) this season!

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At the practice match up of Hongkong Baseball Team against the University of Sto. Thomas (UST) Baseball Team at Rizal Baseball Stadium in Malate Manila, Mike Ochosa talked about his unforgettable experiences in his coaching career for the past 6 years, and what’s his next plan for the Philippine Habagat Baseball Team.

PFL Starts a New Professional Football Revolution in the Philippines

Chairman Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra signed the certificates for the first ever Philippine Football League last May 2, at the Games and Amusement Board office.

Football is now one of the sports which will be playing with a professional license alongside basketball, golf, horse racing, tennis, cockfight, dance sports, cycling, billiard, volleyball, boxing, mixed martial arts, table tennis and bowling are the current roster of sports regulated by Games and Amusement Board.
In a press conference held last May 2 at the Games and Amusement Board office, Chairman Mitra and GAB Commissioners sat down to talk about GAB’s plans for football and many more opportunities that the sport will have because of this expansion. After talking about it’s plans, Mitra signed the certificates for the teams under PFL who will be recipients of this development.

Present at the occasion is PFF President Mariano Araneta and some football players who received their professional licenses during the event.

The Philippine Football League or PFL will be the first ever professional National football league in the country, supplanting the United Football League, which was previously the de facto tier league.

The PFL will follow a home-and-away, double round-robin format. The top four teams will advance to the play-off round dubbed as the “Finals Series” to determine the champions of the league.

The PFL will only have one division to start with however the plan is to expand and have a second division. The UFL will serve as the second tier competition or youth league to the PFL.

The Philippine Football Federation has an agreement with the People’s Television Network to broadcast matches of the league which started April 2017.

The teams that are currently under the Philippine Football League are Ceres-Negros Football Club, Global Cebu Football Club, Ilocos United Football Club, JP Voltes Marikina Football Club, Kaya Football Club-Makati, Davao Aguilas Football Club, Meralco Manila Football Club and Stallion Laguna Football Club.

Forming a professional football league has been long overdue as football players deserve a bigger stage to showcase their skills. Football communities and fans are certainly elated with this development as this could be a start of a new revolution in Philippine Football.

Photos of the event:

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