STALLION-Sta. Lucia looks to secure the crown, while Loyola Meralco tries to play the spoiler’s role or at least delay the celebration when they clash in the United Football League on Tuesday at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
It will be the final match for both teams, and Stallion looks to end the tournament with a bang and claim the title.
But a Loyola victory will revive the title retention bid of powerhouse Global, which still has two matches to play.
The Stallions have 45 points and victory will push their total to 48 and earn them the title outright.
A draw, however, will raise their score to just 46 and give Global a glimmer of hope.
Global has 40 points to show and could jack its total to 46 with two wins, and will hope to take the title on goal difference.
A Stallion loss will boost Global’s chances even more.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s the most important day in our club’s history,” said Stallion coach Ernie Nierras, whose team, made up of a mix of Spanish, Korean, Brazilian, and Filipino standouts, almost bowed in the title race after a crucial loss to Global two weeks ago.
The Stallions, who overpowered Nomads, 6-3, last week, hold a three-point edge over Global on goal difference.
The Sparks, however, will not be easy pickings for the Stallions.
Loyola, led by the Younghusband and Hartmann brothers, is coming off a stunning 2-0 victory over Global last week that put a huge dent on the defending champion’s title-retention bid.
Sixth-running Green Archers United, which has won for the fourth time in five games, tries to complete its resurgence this season as it faces struggling Nomads at 5:15 p.m.