Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quotes from Loyola Meralco Sparks on the eve of the Singapore Cup semis

Vince Santos, coach, Loyola
We came to Singapore to participate. When we were playing in the Philippines, there was pressure to perform which is good or bad. We realized this in Singapore we were playing loose. It has gotten us to where we are now given this opportunity in this semifinals, we intend to go all the way.

Kim Chul So, head coach, Loyola
It will be good game good measure to see where Philippine club football is now. (against Tampines Rovers)

David Cortina, midfielder, Loyola
It would be nice to watch. I am excited. Tampines is a defensive team. They are not too big on ball possession. (Sead) Hadzibulic is a good player who feeds (Aleksandar) Duric the ball well. They do a lot of blind passing as they know each other well. We’ll have a good game for us and I feel it will be 1-0 for us.

Chad Gould, defender, Loyola
We are felling very confident despite Tampines being favorites.  The team has come together morale wise and I am sure we will give our 110%.

Phil Younghusband, striker, Loyola
It is the first game of season for us and we played well in our pre-season games before this. Hopefully, that confidence will help us in this match vs Tampines and in the UFL.

Randy Roxas, president, Loyola
We didn’t expect to be here. When we set out on this adventure, our mindset was to see what was out there and see how we fare against other squads in the region. And our success speaks well of Philippine club football as we are the only foreign team left. It would be great to take it further. Our chances are fair to good. And we hope we close it our in the next 180 minutes.

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