Azkals mainstay OJ Porteria seeks 'fresh start' as he ends Philippine career
 “It's time for new challenges and a fresh start,” says OJ Porteria. Jaime Campos

OJ Porteria has decided to reach for greater heights, ending his pro and international career in the Philippines.

The 22-year-old Azkals and Kaya FC star made the announcement in a post on Instagram on Monday night.

“Life is short, and once you've done all you could do, once you've achieved the goals that you've set out for yourself, it's time to embark on a new journey,” Porteria said. “It's time for new challenges and a fresh start.”

The Filipino-American striker carved out a name as a pint-sized dynamo who plays bigger than his 5-foot-6 frame, suiting up 19 times and scoring two goals for the Azkals since 2012, the same year he started playing for Kaya.

Porteria’s finest moment came last May in Kaya’s debut campaign in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup where he struck the match winner deep in stoppage time against New Radiant that gifted the Philippine representative a historic win the tournament.

Porteria leaves Kaya in the middle of its campaign in the United Football League where the LBC-backed club is in the middle of the pack, running fifth with 15 points in eight matches.

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