Loyola eyes 10th straight vs Army
MATCHES TODAY (Emperador Stadium) 5:15 p.m.—Loyola Meralco Sparks vs PH Army-GTI 7:30 p.m.—Stallion vs Green Archers United Globe
MANILA, Philippines — Loyola Meralco seeks to extend its advantage at the top of the United Football League when it battles Army-General Trias Tuesday, even as defending champion Stallion hopes to stay in the title hung at Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Still unbeaten in nine matches this season, the Sparks are favored in the 5:15 p.m. encounter with an Army side they defeated 5-1 in their first round meeting last month.
Stallion battles Green Archers at 7:30 p.m. with coach Ernie Nierras aware that the reigning titlists can no longer afford to drop points if they want to stay in the thick of the championship fight.
“If we lose any games from this point onwards, we’re not going to be able to defend the title, it’s that simple,” Nierras said.
Stallion came from a goal down twice to forge a 2-2 draw with Archers in their first round meeting.
But the Archers will miss Chieffy Caligdong, this time due to a foot injury. The Sparks are also hoping that Phil and James Younghusband regain full fitness after struggling with injuries the past few games.
Jake Morallo and Joaco Canas are also out due to illness, leaving coach Vince Santos to test the depth of his roster.
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