Thursday, August 16, 2012

Team James and Team Phil Unveiled, The Clear Dream Match Set on August 25th

Last month, I blogged about the press con of the Philippines' first-ever CLEAR Dream Match. Read all about it here. Now, the lists of team players are finally revealed! 

Press Release:

In light of the growth of Football in the Philippines, this year, CLEAR Philippines celebrates the sport with the nation’s first ever CLEAR Dream Match. The first of its kind, the CLEAR Dream Match will feature some of the best United Football League (UFL) players, members of the Philippine National team, some of the best college players in the nation, and footballing celebrities. Fans were encouraged to go to and choose from an all-star ballot of 60 players who they want to see on the pitch on August 25, 2012.

Launched last June 25, the CLEAR Dream Match has become one of the most awaited sporting events of the year. After 6 weeks of voting, the all-star pool of 60 players comes down to the Top 40, each one to be drafted by captains James and Phil Younghusband into their respective Dream teams.  

On August 11, the CLEAR Dream Match beneficiary Tuloy Sa Don Bosco Foundation in Alabang, hosted the CLEAR Dream Clinic and Draft. Conducted by the Younghusband brothers, together with the likes of Nate Burkey and Jonah Romero of Kaya FC; Roxy Dorlas, Park Minho, Byeong Jeong and Davide Cortina of the Loyola Meralco Sparks; top university players Mikko Mabanag of Ateneo and Patrick Deyto of La Salle and celebrities Slick Rick and Tony Toni, more than 100 kids from the Tuloy Foundation, the Younghusband Football Academy (TYFA) and adoring football fans were treated to an exciting morning of football and fun.

Conducted by The Younghusband Football Academy (TYFA) in collaboration with CLEAR Men, the morning clinic consisted of various stations highlighting different football skills, capped off by scrimmages at the end.

“Having a clinic for the children of Tuloy and the fans who have supported us is a pleasure for us,” Phil Younghusband said.

James and Phil Younghusband have always stated that promoting football throughout the nation was one of the main reasons they moved to the Philippines in 2010.

James says, “Phil and I have had the privilege of making a living out of playing the sport we love, we just want to show that other kids with a passion for football can do the same.”

Brothers James and Phil Younghusband who both played for Chelsea FC, one of the largest football clubs in the world, established TYFA in January 2010. Both have UEFA coaching credentials with Phil having a level 2 UEFA coaching badge and James having a level 1 UEFA coaching badge.

John Imperial, Clear brand manager, said “I think what the brothers are doing for Philippine football has been so great. Their passion for football is what made their partnership with Clear so successful. Thus the Clear Dream Match.”

After the Clinic was the moment everyone was waiting for. The CLEAR Dream Match draft consisted of three rounds. The first pick was decided by a coin toss, which Phil eventually won.

At the end of the Draft both teams were finally determined.

Team Phil’s roster consisted of the following players: Saba Gamaroudi (Kaya FC), Park Minho (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Yves Ashime (Pachanga FC), Roxy Dorlas (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Armand Del Rosario (Kaya FC), Eric Tai, Fabio Ide (Team Socceroo), Rafael Rosell, Paolo Bediones, Daniel Matsunaga (Team Socceroo), Tony Toni, Yannick Tuason, Freddy Gonzales (Pachanga), Davide Cortina (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Byeong Jeong Yeol (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Ojay Clarino (Stallions FC), Dexter Versario (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Janrick Soriano (Pachanga FC), Alvin Ocampo (Green Archers) and Wilson Munoz (Stallions FC).

Team James consisted of the following players: Anton Del Rosario (Kaya FC), Nate Burkey (Kaya FC), Pat Bocobo (Green Archers), Jonah Romero (Kaya FC), Patrick Deyto (Green Archers), Rudy Del Rosario, Eric Dagroh (Kaya FC), Andrew Wolff, Marvin Kiefer, Jolo Durian, Jake Cuenca (Team Socceroo), Slick Rick, Mikko Mabanag (Ateneo), Patrick Ozaeta (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Raymark Fernandez (Diliman FC), Ronald Ong (Pachanga), Andrew Santiago (Diliman FC), Nico Bolzico (Kaya FC), Steven Silva (Team Socceroo) and Ref Cuaresma (Loyola Meralco Sparks).

Both brothers had the privilege of having one wildcard pick each. Phil made a strategic selection with fellow Loyola Meralco Sparks team member Anto Gonzales, while James selected Wally Javier.

James and Phil also announced their assistant coaches with James selecting Vince Santos, Loyola Meralco Sparks coach and Fr. John Cordero, and Phil choosing Randy Roxas, Loyola Meralco Sparks and UFL President.

With both teams set, the question of who is the better Younghusband will finally be settled on August 25th at the University of Makati football field. Aside from being the first all-star charity Football exhibition, the CLEAR Dream Match will mark the first time that Philippine Football superstars James and Phil Younghusband will play against each other.

Tickets to the Clear Dream Match are free, simply go to the Facebook site

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