Manila: AFC Cup debutants Global FC have announced the signing of three foreign players as the reigning Philippines champions prepare for their Unified Football League title defence which starts this weekend.
The club have acquired the services of former Japan U-20 defender Masaki Yanagawa, Mexican midfielder Renato Gonzalez and U.S. Soccer Academy player Rolf Schlettwein as they build up for their domestic league opener against Green Archers on Saturday.
The new personnel were revealed after Global finished as runners-up in the 2014/15 Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart National Club Championship courtesy of a 2-0 defeat to Loyola Meralco Sparks.
"This year, Global are deeply humbled to have the distinct opportunity as the first Filipino football club to qualify for the prestigious AFC Cup," Global FC founder Dan Palami said. "This is a testament to the hard work and dedication to excellence of our players, coaches, and staff.
"Every match is more than just a match, every goal more than just a goal. Victory extends far beyond the four corners of the pitch.
"The more meaningful victory is in the hearts of the people who believe in us and whose lives we have touched in simple but significant ways.
"Let us proudly show to Asia and the whole world who we are and (what) we can together achieve."
Global will commence their AFC Cup campaign against Hong Kong side South China on February 25 in Group G which is completed by Yadanarbon of Myanmar and Malaysian FA Cup winners Pahang.