Porteria to continue football career in Thailand

Originally published by The Manila Times

OJ Porteria of the United City FC (UCFC) is set to leave the Philippines and continue his football career in Thailand, at least for now.

The 5-foot-7 attacking midfielder announced his move in a social media post Monday evening.

Porteria didn’t disclose where he is set to play next, but the UCFC Twitter account tweeted that he is about to take his talents to Thailand, and he retweeted it also on Monday.

“After nine amazing years, it’s time to say goodbye for now. I’ve experienced and learned many things during my time here and although I was born and raised in the US, I can really say that I grew up in the Philippines,” wrote Porteria, who was born to Filipino parents.

“My time at Ceres FC/ UCFC helped me grow as a player and taught me what it takes to be professional. I’m proud to say that every single one of us always gave it our all every time we stepped onto the pitch and it showed in our performances. Six trophies in four years.”

Porteria, 26, moved here in the country in 2012 and started his winning career with Kaya FC (which became Kaya FC Makati in 2016 and Kaya FC Iloilo in 2018), while also moonlighting as a member of the Philippine Azkals.

He won a United Football League (UFL) title with Kaya in 2015 before he moved to Ceres (now UCFC) in 2016, and seized four straight Philippines Football League titles (2017-2020).

In 2019, Porteria also won a Copa Paulino Alcantara crown with Ceres.

“As one chapter in my career closes, another one opens and I can’t wait for the new challenges ahead. Thank you for all your love and support. See you all soon! Salamat po,” closed Porteria

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