EVEN as Bobby Ray Parks Jr. chases his much-publicized journey to become the first homegrown Filipino to play in the NBA, another Pinoy has realized his own dream of playing in an American pro league.
Xtian Guerrero will suit up for the defending champions San Jose Spiders in the 2015 season of American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).
The 5-10 alumni of the University of the Philippines is the first homegrown Filipino player to play in this first professional ultimate disc league.
Guerrero will see action when the Spiders visit their Bay Area rival San Francisco Flamethrowers on July 18 (July 19, Manila time) in Laney Field in Downtown Oakland, California.
"If you're looking for a reason to watch our final regular season game in San Francisco, meet our latest roster addition, #83 Xtian Guerrero. Xtian is one of the top international players in the world coming all the way from the Philippines," the San Jose Spiders posted on their official Facebook page.
The AUDL is one of two pro level disc leagues in North America and has 25 active teams in four divisions. San Jose is part of the Western Conference.
To help fund Guerrero’s dream, his home team, the UP-based Sunken Pleasure, is selling replicas of his Spiders jersey (P1,600 each) as a means of generating crowd-funding to help the Pinoy’s dream.