Global FC targets first win, Stallions seek provisional UFL lead as both clubs face separate foes
Misagh Bahadoran is one of several Azkals in Global FC's powerhouse lineup. Jaime Campos

GLOBAL FC hopes to spread goals – and not love - on Valentine’s Day against Pachanga-Diliman as it bids to register in the win column of the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Held to a measly goal in a stunning 1-1 draw against Green Archers United last week, the defending league champions try to regain their high-scoring form to get their title-retention campaign going on Saturday.

Global coach Leigh Manson, though, expressed little worry of his team’s slow start after the club even lost its opening game last season, a 4-0 shutout against Loyola Meralco.

“We are a point ahead this year compared to last year,” said the Scottish mentor, who is counting on an Azkals-loaded roster led by Misagh Bahadoran, Mark Hartmann, Daisuke Sato, and Patrick Deyto, among others.

Manson, however, hopes his team avoids missed chances like the ones it had against the Archers.

A victory by Global, which averaged 3.5 goals in its first two wins against Pachanga last year, will hike its point total to four.

Pachanga, though, seeks to recover from a 1-0 loss to Stallion FC the last time.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. in a matchup preceded by another Division 1 skirmish between the Stallions and Socceroo at 5:15 p.m.

The Stallions hope to duplicate their opening win against Socceroo, which lost to Loyola Meralco, 1-0, last Sunday, to gain the provisional lead in the 10-team standings.

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