Matches to look out for in the group stages of the 2012 UFL Cup
by rick olivares
Global vs. Pasargad
Last season, Global got off the wrong foot to start league play with a 2-1 loss to Army. They rebounded with a 2-0 over Pasargad in their next fixture.
When Pasargad reloaded big time in the March transfer window, they piped Loyola 4-3 in a win that spurred them on to finish the league. But in Pasargad’s very next game, they were crushed by Global, 4-0.
If Pasargad, former UFL champions, wants to regain their former glory, they’ll have to defeat the current toast of Philippine club football.
Stallion vs. Air Force.
Last season, Stallion swept the season series with Air Force with results of 4-1 and 2-1. Stallion has its roots in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo where many of the current Air Force players hail from. Stallion will not catch anyone by surprise this season. On the other hand, Air Force is raring to get back at every club.
Loyola vs. Mendiola
More than a year ago, the Younghusband brothers along with current Loyola teammates Roxy Dorlas and PJ Fadrigalan played for the Rizal team in the Smart Club Championship where they lost to Global. The Rizal team in essence was Mendiola that was suspended from the UFL that year. You think Mendiola will go easy on their former teammates?
Diliman vs. Dolphins United
Dolphins played great in the UFL’s Division Two last season while they got numerous scoring chances against Diliman, they simply could not finish. With Diliman weakened by the departure of almost their entire starting eleven, payback’s on the horizon for Dolphins United.