The PFL transfer window has opened. Silly season is now upon us. We take a look at each PFL team’s moves this transfer window and what it means for each side.
DAVAO AGUILAS F.C.
Davao continued their retool to show that they mean business by adding a blend of proven PFL players, top youngsters, and intriguing foreign firepower.
Wesley Dos Santos Rodrigues (Brazil) Center back – Global Cebu F.C.
Patrick Deyto (Philippines) Goalkeeper – Global Cebu F.C.
Marco Casambre (Philippines) Center back/Right back – Global Cebu F.C.
Julian Clarino (Philippines) Center Back/Left back – University of the Philippines
Ray Joseph Joyel (Philippines) Goalkeeper – Far Eastern University
Paolo Salenga (Philippines) Winger/Forward – Global Cebu F.C.
Diego Alves (Brazil) Left Winger/Right Winger/Forward – Kasetsart F.C.
Harry Sawyer (Australia) Forward – On loan to Tai Po FC
Takashi Odawara (Japan) Midfielder – Released
Angel Guirado (Philippines) Forward – Transfer to Negeri Sembilan FC
Nate Burkey (Philippines) Forward/Midfielder – Released
Nick O’Donnell (Philippines) GoalKeeper – Released
Davao has addressed it’s defensive problems by signing a trio of former Global players. Goalkeeper Patrick Deyto is expected to slot in to the starting lineup in place of Ronilo Bayan Jr. The former Global captain is an Azkals mainstay and brings some needed stability between the sticks.
Wesley Rodrigues’ addition brings some much needed steel into the Aguilas defense and his familiarity with Deyto will only help with easing the adjustments. Marco Casambre and UP’s Julian Clarino will be two for the future and bring much needed defensive depth to a previously very thin Davao backline.
Ray Joyel won’t be expected to displace Deyto or Bayan anytime soon. The highly rated keeper from FEU was signed more for his potential than what he can bring now and will be hoping to learn more from Deyto to improve his game.
Diego Alves and Paolo Salenga* are the more intriguing acquisitions as Davao does not have a pressing need in attack even with the loan departure of Harry Sawyer to Hong Kong. With the likes of the Younghusbands, Dylan De bruycker, Matt Hartmann, and Kim Sung Min, Davao has a plethora of options to choose from in attack. More questions will be asked than answered with this move and coach Melchor Anzures’ will have to work out how to fit all these pieces into the puzzle.
*note: Salenga has scored in his debut for Davao against former club Global in their 1-1 draw last July 19.
CERES NEGROS F.C.
The strong just got stronger. The Champions aren’t resting on their laurels even with a sizeable lead from the competition with some key additions.
Roland Müller (Philippines) Goalkeeper – Reactivated
Blake Powell (Australia) Forward – Central Coast Mariners
Jerry Barbaso (Philippines) Right back – Global Cebu F.C.
Curt Dizon (Philippines) Winger – Global Cebu F.C.
Paul Mulders (Philippines) Midfielder – Global Cebu F.C.
Takumi Uesato (Japan) Forward – Released
Ceres has added to an already formidable lineup by reactivating former Azkals keeper Roland Müller from his self imposed sabbatical. Müller will be expected to challenge or back up current keeper Toni Doblas assuming the latter does not leave.
Aussie Blake Powell will be expected to add some firepower after Takumi Uesato’s departure. The Australian is not a prolific goalscorer but Ceres will be hoping his big league experience will keep PFL defenders on their toes and open up chances for his teammates.
Long time Global stalwart Jerry Barbaso transfers to Ceres after almost a decade of service for his former club. The pride of Dipolog City will challenge incumbent Junior Munoz for the Rightback slot and can be also relied on to play on the left in a pinch.
Curt Dizon meanwhile is back after a long injury layoff. Dizon joins Ceres from Global after months on the sidelines because of a broken arm suffered last March against JPV. He will be challenging attackers Stephan Schrock, Mike Ott, and Patrick Reichelt for a place in the matchday squad.
Paul Mulders is back in Ceres yellow after a stint with Global. Mulders will be expected to offer depth behind Omid Nazari, Kevin Ingreso, and Manny Ott in the middle of the Busmen’s engine room.
GLOBAL CEBU F.C.
Global’s fall from grace has been a shock to local football fans, with a mass exodus of Azkals mainstays and long serving players. The Cebuano side has tapped local talent to bolster their depleted lineup.
Charlie Beaton (Philippines) Attacking Midfielder – JPV Marikina
Alvin Sarmiento (Philippines) Rightback – JPV Marikina
Christian Villegas (Philippines) Midfielder – JPV Marikina
Gilmar (Philippines) Attacking Midfielder/Forward – Morecambe F.C. Reserves
Milan Nikolic (Serbia) Center back/Defensive Midfielder – FK Radnicki Pirot
Adam Mitter (England) Center back – Hougang United
Joshua Beloya (Philippines) Forward – Free Agent
Marvin Bricencio (Philippines) Midfielder – University of Santo Tomas
Jerry Barbaso (Philippines) Right back – Ceres Negros F.C.
Curt Dizon (Philippines) Winger – Ceres Negros F.C.
Paul Mulders (Philippines) Midfielder – Ceres Negros F.C.
Wesley Dos Santos Rodrigues (Brazil) Center back – Davao Aguilas F.C.
Patrick Deyto (Philippines) Goalkeeper – Davao Aguilas F.C.
Marco Casambre (Philippines) Center back/Right back – Davao Aguilas F.C.
Paolo Salenga (Philippines) Winger/Forward – Davao Aguilas F.C.
OJ Clarino (Philippines) Midfielder – Stallion Laguna F.C.
Paulo Bugas (Philippines) Attacking Midfielder – Stallion Laguna F.C.
Rufo Sanchez (Spain) Forward – Released
Global Cebu has had a tumultuous season so far. The Cebuano side had to forfeit a number of games due to financial difficulty and now had to release a number of key players to minimize costs. But the new ownership headed by Mark Jarvis has shown that they have no plans of going out quietly into the night with new reinforcements this transfer window.
Milan Nikolic is back in the Phillipines, reuniting with former Meralco teammate Lee Jyong Min at the heart of Global’s new look defense. Joining him will be Adam Mitter who will be expected to provide depth or even play alongside the two to form a three man backline.
Alvin Sarmiento will be expected to slot in at the right back slot replacing long time stalwart Jerry Barbaso. Sarmiento had a good season last year with FC Meralco Manila but has seen his form dip with JPV this season. He will be hoping to reinvigorate his season with a move to Global.
Charlie Beaton and Christian Villegas will slot in to the rotation right away and will be expected to play anywhere on the field because of the lack of depth of the club.
Joshua Beloya will be tasked to provide cover for striker Daryll Roberts. The former FC Zurich youth player is back in club football after not appearing even once for Ilocos United last season due to a technicality.
Marvin Bricencio joins Global after finishing his amateur career with UST, joining his former collegiate head coach in Cebu to provide depth and spot minutes to close out the season.
Gilmar is back! The flamboyant winger is back in Philippine soil after a stint with Morecambe’s reserves in his home country. The “Pinoy Neymar” will be thrust into the starting lineup as new Global owner Mark Jarvis rates the Fil-Brit highly. It remains to be seen if third time’s the charm for him after lackluster stints for Stallion and Davao respectively.
Stallion Laguna has added speed and local flair this window to compliment a strong corps of local talent.
Paulo Bugas (Philippines) Attacking Midfielder – Global Cebu F.C.
Gino Clarino (Philippines) Midfielder – Free Agent
OJ Clarino (Philippines) Winger -Global Cebu F.C.
Beejay Gonzales (Philippines) Forward – National University
Felipe Tripuca Jr (Philippines) Goalkeeper – JPV Marikina
Farbod Mahmudi (Philippines) Midfielder
Stallion Laguna has had a relatively quiet window, adding wingers Paolo Bugas and OJ Clarino this transfer window to a homegrown heavy lineup. Bugas and Clarino will be expected to bring speed and flair to Binan.
Gino Clarino joins his brother in Laguna after leading the UST Growling Tigers to the UAAP Final last May and will be expected to add depth in midfield.
Beejay Gonzales is one for the future. The former NU standout has played for the Philippines U-18 team in the last AFF U-18 Championships alongside former Global keeper Quincy Kameraad and UP marksman Fidel Tacardon.
Charlie Beaton (Philippines) Attacking Midfielder – Global Cebu F.C.
Alvin Sarmiento (Philippines) Rightback – Global Cebu F.C.
Christian Villegas (Philippines) Midfielder – Global Cebu F.C.
Felipe Tripuca Jr (Philippines) Goalkeeper – Stallion Laguna F.C.
Jim Ashley Flores (Philippines) Winger – Released
William Espinosa (Philippines) Midfielder – Released
Jaime Poderoso jr (Philippines) Midfielder – Released
JPV Marikina has released seven players so far, with no additional transfer as of writing.
KAYA F.C. – Iloilo
Serge Kaole (Cameroon) Defender – Free Agent
Jordan Mintah (Ghana) Forward – Deactivated to Injured List
Kaya F.C. IloIlo added unattached defender Serge Kaole who was formerly with Global Cebu. They also activated midfielder Arnel Amita and defender Audie Menzi in their roster.