A GLOBAL side with two new local reinforcements aims to keep its tag as the benchmark in the United Football League as it takes on Loyola Meralco when the league resumes on Tuesday at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
After an undermanned Global side scored a hard-fought 1-0 win over UFL Cup champion Stallion two weeks ago, the defending League champions face another tough test in the second-running Sparks at 7:30 p.m.
A win for the Sparks, with 19 points to show and just two points behind league-leading Global lead in the standings, could vault them to the top of the table.
A complete Global squad, though, is expected with their national team members back as well as new additions in goalkeeper Ed Sacapaño and midfielder Joshua Beloya.
Sacapaño and Beloya were acquired in a loan deal with Philippine Army and national champion Ceres, respectively, as Global bids to solidify its local roster for the Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup.
The Filipino booters’ transfers came a week after Global, which currently has nine foreigners in its squad, acquired Jason de Jong also on loan from Stallion.
The AFC tournament, the club competition equivalent of the Challenge Cup, allows each team only two foreign players.
Army seeks to sustain its rise as it collides with PSG in the 5:15 p.m. match.
With Navy relegated to Division 2 and Air Force still winless in seven games and at the bottom of top flight, the Troopers have taken the spotlight from the rest of the military clubs, although they are still ninth among 10 teams in Division 1 with four points to show.
PSG is in seventh place with five points.