FC Meralco Manila bids goodbye, ceases operations
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 09, 2018 11:10 AM
(FILE PHOTO courtesy of Bob Guerrero/FC Meralco Manila)
Following a strong campaign in the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League, Manila-based football club FC Meralco Manila has shocked Filipino football fans after announcing that they will be ceasing operations immediately.
The football club made the announcement on their Facebook page.
"Circumstances beyond our control have made it difficult for FC Meralco Manila to continue." the post read.
Founded in by former Ateneo football players 2006 as the Loyola Agila Football Club, the club was one of the pioneer teams in the inaugural season of the now-defunct United Football League.
In the UFL, Loyola Agila, who later evolved into the Loyola Meralco Sparks, found success and behind the superstar tandem of Phil and James Younghusband, established themselves as perennial contenders, coming up as runners up in 2014, while reiging over the UFL Cup in 2013.
When the UFL closed shop in 2016, Loyola Meralco transformed into FC Meralco Manila, and once again was in the top tier of the competition, finishing the elimination round on top of the standings.
2017 however, saw the end of the Younghusband era with FC Meralco Manila, as Phil and James jumped to fledgeling football club Davao Aguilas FC.
In the 2017 UFL semifinals, Meralco fell to Global Cebu FC, 3-2 on aggregate.