The stakes get raised. With a new cup winner sure to be crowned, Global FC, Loyola Meralco Sparks, Penson Stallion Gilligan's and Green Archers United are raring to go this Tuesday at the fabled Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Final Four cast is now set, thanks to extra time, two penalty shootouts and Mark Hartmann.
The quest for club supremacy in the Philippines resumes this season, as the United Football League's UFL Cup's Group Stage kicks off on Tuesday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Global FC and Penson Stallion Gilligan's secured their respective places in the UFL Cup Final with semifinal victories at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Tuesday.
The group stages, which saw sixteen teams advance to the knockout stages, only have two teams remaining in contention for the UFL Cup, the high flying Loyola Meralco Sparks FC as the pretenders and the reigning league champions Philippine Air Force Phoenix FC as the perennial power of the UFL.
After falling short of a trip to the finals, both Kaya Cignal FC and Global FC will duke it out on who will be the third placed team prior to the finals of the UFL Cup this Saturday.
A massive comeback from the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC in the second half of the match ensured them their place in the final of the United Football League Cup this Saturday against league champions Philippine Air Force Phoenix FC. This was after they were down 0-3 at half time against Kaya Cignal FC.
The two goals Philippine Air Force Phoenix FC scored inside the last ten minutes of the match allowed the reigning league champions to book their place in the finals of the UFL Cup at the expense of last season's cup champions Global FC.
After the recently concluded Dream Cup, the United Football League Cup returns on Monday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium with only four teams remaining in contention for a spot in the finals. The final is set this Saturday at the same venue.
First game kickoff at 6:00pm: Loyola Meralco Sparks FC v Kaya Cignal FC
A brace from Phil Younghusband in the first half was more than enough for Loyola Meralco Sparks FC to be the last team to join the final four of the UFL Cup after they defeated a reslient Stallions FC 2-1 at the University of Makati Stadium.