Karl Decena, InterAksyon.com
Defending champion Stallion FC begins its title defense bid against Green Archers United Globe to cap a four-match schedule of the 2014 United Football League opening day on Saturday at the Emperador Stadium.
Stallion will clash against Green Archers in the last match of the day at 8:30 p.m. after the Division One debut of the newly-promoted Team Socceroo FC against Pachanga Diliman FC at 6:15 p.m.
Stallion is entering the season without its key players from its League title run last year. After the notable losses of reigning Most Valuable Player Rufo Sanchez, who is serving a one-year ban from the UFL, and Joaco Cañas, the squad dropped four more players in its lineup ahead of the competition.
Green Archers is hoping to ride the momentum of its third place run in the Cup last year. Veteran winger Chieffy Caligdong is carrying the team once again, with the target of improving its fourth place League finish last season.
Two new squads will also make their Division Two debut on opening day, with new squad Manila Jeepney FC taking on Manila All-Japan at 1:45 p.m. and defending national club champion Ceres-La Salle taking on Philippine Navy at 4 p.m.
Manila Jeepney is aiming to make a splash in Division Two after reaching the knockout stages of the Cup, while Ceres is looking to duplicate its impressive records against UFL squads which they beat during its title run in the past two national club tournaments.
UFL matches will be played every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Emperador Stadium.