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    McKinley pitch serves up improved experience for both players, viewers

    Feb 13, 2013

    THE Emperador Stadium in McKinley Hill, Taguig has so far lived up to expectations of improving the quality of play in the United Football League.

    The UFL held its first televised Division 1 games on Tuesday night at the US$1-million all-weather, artificial pitch, which noticeably helped in making the plays more fluid.

    Loyola Meralco’s Phil Younghusband, though, believes the UFL’s newest home will even improve with age.

    “This (pitch) is very new so obviously there’s more cushion and it’s a lot softer so it takes a lot more pushing off and getting speed,” the star Filipino-British striker said after the Sparks edged Pachanga-Diliman, 1-0, in the curtain-raiser. “It’s a lot more work, lot tougher.

    “But once it’s been played on, it becomes easier to play on.”

    Except for a small discomfort over the size, Sparks coach Vince Santos is all praises for the pitch.  

    “We didn’t know what to expect from the field. It’s a little bit shorter than what we would’ve wanted it to be. But of course the playing field is really nice, good for possession.” 

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