Former University of St. La Salle (USLS) standouts Arnie Pasinabo, Joshua Dutosme, and Tristan Robles sign up with United City FC (UCFC), formerly known as Ceres Negros.
UCFC started to announce the signing of multiple players after securing its transfer of ownership from Ceres.
MMC Sportz Asia led by CEO Eric Gottschalk and a group of private investors took over Ceres after team management headed by chairman Leo Rey Yanson decided to sell the club due to the COVID-19 pandemic that badly impacted the businesses all over the country. Yanson is also the president and CEO of Yanson Group of Bus Companies.
Pasinabo, the veteran among the three started his playing career with USLS back in 2013.
The San Carlos City, Negros Occidental-native has donned the national team colors during the 23th Southeast Asian Games last 2005 held in Panaad Stadium, Bacolod City. The experienced winger also played for Green Archers United, and Kaya FC-Iloilo.
On the other hand, promising Joshua Dutosme also renounced his services to the team.
Dutosme, who traces his roots back in Malaybalay, Bukidnon started playing at the young age of 10.
His talents led him to play for USLS during his college years and brought multiple championships to the university.
His stellar performance earned him his first professional contract with Ceres Negros last 2017 and earned his first call-up as part of the Philippine Azkals’ 23-man team that played against Nepal in Kathmandu on that same year.
Dutosme has been solid during the busmen’s championship run in the Philippine Football League last season and even started during the Copa Paulino Alcantara finals against archival Kaya FC-Iloilo.
Calinog, Iloilo-born Robles also makes his return to the team.
The prolific winger helped USLS bagged multiple titles like the 2017 University Games and National PRISAA together with Dutosme.
Aside from the trio, UCFC also announced the signing of OJ Porteria, Sean Kane, Ron Bayan, Jun Badelic, Angelo Marasigan, Robert Lopez Mendy, Dennis Villanueva, Takashi Odawara, Hikaru Minegishi and Spanish striker Bienvenido Marañon.
Team captain, Stephan Schrock also returned to the team as a playing-assistant coach.