Azkals skipper Stephan Schrock signs with United City FC as player/assistant coach
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 29, 2020 04:04 PM
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Philippine Azkals team captain Stephan Schrock is staying with a Philippine club football.
After reportedly rejecting offers to play football overseas, the Filipino-German midfielder has signed a new deal with the newly-rebranded United City Football Club, formerly Ceres-Negros FC.
“Having Stephan commit to stay at the new Club means a lot not just to the organization but also to the fans. He is the captain and the leader of the team and that is what is needed especially since we are trying to establish our new identity on and off the field," said UCFC co-founder Eric Gottschalk via the team's official release on their Facebook page. "It would have been a big loss for Philippines football if the captain would leave the PFL to compete elsewhere. His commitment to the local league shows his seriousness of trying to make a difference but also his trust in our vision for the Club."
Schrock, who was also the team captain for Ceres-Negros, will remain as the leader for UCFC. Apart from that, Schrock will also become a playing-assistant coach and trainer.
“Stephan will not only lead the team on the field as 'Captain', but also off the field as a playing-assistant coach / trainer, as a first step to fulfill his ambition to become a fully certified football coach in the coming years”, Gottschalk explained. “We will try to retain the key local talents and support the development of the PFL so we can start bringing some of the players back to the Philippines rather than losing them to rival leagues in Thailand or Indonesia”.