Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Fair Play: Here's your chance to join Queen City

TALKING over drinks one night after a rather sad outing in the Southeast Asian Games, I and my kababayans Doc Joel and Mark C agreed on one thing—we were going to show up in the next tryouts for Cebu Queen City United.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to honestly say to your grand kids, when the UFL becomes THE league, that “I once showed up for the Queen City trials?”

Show up, yes. But joining the tryouts? Not really. We are not delusional. We’d probably pass out before coach Mario Ceniza orders the first drill of the day.

This UFL dream is like a shot at the lottery for guys like us, but for the guys out there who have a real shot at playing in the UFL?
Here’s your chance.
Cebu Queen City United is looking for players and will conduct tryouts this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus field and also on Sunday between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Though the club has its vision of an ideal player, it won’t discriminate against anybody in the tryouts.
If you’re 40-something and you can beat guys half your age in 50-50s, then you’re free to join. Even if you’re 40-something and you dream that you can beat guys half your age in 50-50s.
College players, expats, out-of-shape former college players are welcome as long as they show up with their best game for the trials.

So, take your chance.  For a player outside Manila, this could be your only real shot at joining the UFL—the league that is quickly becoming THE football league in the Philippines.

Coach Mario told me yesterday that this could be the only tryouts if the club gets the players it needs for the new season of the UFL. But if it sees the need to get more players after this weekend, more trials will be scheduled.

So mark that date.

SEAG. So where were you last Monday? The day our U23 team got treated to a Timor Leste surprise, 2-1?

It was ugly and so painful that Coach Michael Weiss said, “We have to think now of the immediate strategy as the tournament is most likely not on us. We do not even have to think of the semifinals.”

I hope tomorrow, this U23 team will bring the fight to Laos and nail that first win, or even a point.

After the last two games, I’d be happy with a point.

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