Originally published by The Manila Times
Two of United City’s best players are staying with the team.
Team captain Stephan Schrock and Spanish ace striker Bienvenido Marañon had just signed fresh contracts with the Philippines Football League (PFL) reigning champion.
On Thursday, Schrock signed a three-year deal, just a day after Marañon inked his own contract.
Schrock snared the Most Valuable Player (MVP) plum in the 2020 PFL bubble season as Marañon bagged the Golden Boot awards.
With Schrock and Marañon back in the fold, United City will be loaded for its maiden campaign in the AFC Champions League (ACL) where they will face China’s Beijing FC on April 21.
Schrock, a Filipino-German midfielder, has been playing for United City since 2017. Marañon first played for United City in 2015
Together, Schrock and Marañon powered United City, then known as Ceres-Negros FC, to three straight PFL titles from 2017 to 2019.
Schrock, 34, is also the team captain of the Philippine Azkals men’s football team, while Marañon is being eyed to play for the Azkals as a naturalized player.
On March 8, the Senate approved on second reading Senate Bill No. 1391, which seeks to grant Filipino citizenship to Marañon — the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup record holder with 35 goals scored.
Other than Schrock and Marañon, United City has also re-signed midfielder Mike Ott, defender Miggy Clarino and goalie Anthony Pinthus early this week.
Pinthus seized the Golden Glove award last year.
United City, though, lost forward Robert Lopez Mendy and midfielder Takashi Adawara this off season, with the former taking his act to Cambodia, and the latter to Maldives.