Coaches from MLS team LA Galaxy have helped to develop the next generation of Philippines players after their first Youth Football Day in Manila.
Galaxy coaches Wes Meadows, Job Quevedo and Chris Howe joined Mindanao-based Davao Aguilas Football Club in a training day with more than 100 children at the McKinley Stadium, in Bonifacio Global City.
The youngsters – aged from eight to 16 – came from various local schools to participate in the free event.
LA Galaxy coach Wes Meadows said: “It has been great to partner up with Davao Aguilas, their staff and players.
“Obviously for us, with 100 kids being here, we needed additional staff, and they have been very accommodating. It is great to work out and have this activity with a club here locally.
“The kids have been great. And for us, LA Galaxy, we are fortunate to travel all over the world, and be able to see a lot of players. I think here in the Philippines, there’s a lot of potential.”
Davao Aguilas – who intend to hold similar events in the future – were represented at the event by coaches and players Marko Trkulja, Matthew Hartmann, Jordan Jarvis, Gerald Layumas, Princeton Josue, Stephen Burda, Kim Versales, Brad McDonald, Richard Talaroc and Andy Esswein.
Head coach Marlon Maro said: “It is a good start for Davao Aguilas FC to develop international cooperation with a big club like LA Galaxy and at the same time, helping Philippine football in the development of young footballers.
“Events such as this one also showcases the technical capability of the club in finding future footballers in the country.”
Before arriving in Manila, the Galaxy coaches spent time in Korea, where they had 10 days holding trials for their reserve team.