07 February 2014

UFL: Sparks seek sixth straight win

by Karlo Sacamos
IF a two-goal win is already considered a “dip in performance,” imagine what more Loyola Meralco can accomplish when it plays up to its standard.
The Sparks seek to sustain their scorching start in the United Football League as it squares off against Socceroo on Saturday at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.
The undefeated title contenders gun for a sixth successive victory as they take the field at 6:15 p.m., four days after turning back defending champion Stallion, 3-1, in a win Sparks coach Vince Santos felt was a sub-par to their potential.
“Generally among the games we played so far, I think that was a dip in our performance,” said the former national booter, whose squad conceded a goal for only the second time this season.
This time, expect the Sparks, bannered by stand-in skipper Phil Younghusband, to brandish their daunting offensive capability against a newly promoted side that has so far had a rude welcome in Division 1.
Second to last in the nine-team standings, Socceroo turns to its Korean standouts as they try to defy the odds against the Sparks to improve their 1-1-4 win-draw-loss card.
Stallion hopes to recover from the loss to Loyola as it takes on Philippine Army in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m.
The Stallions are just a spot ahead of Socceroo with five points, while the Troopers are running fifth with seven points.


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