FC Meralco Manila ceases operations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — FC Meralco Manila announced that they will fold up and, as a result, not participate in the second season of the Philippines Football League (PFL).

In a statement addressed to players, fans, management, staff, and sponsors, the club announced that it will be ceasing operations.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the club will be ceasing operations immediately," the statement read.

According to the statement, the club was not able to secure enough investment to keep the team up and running.

"Circumstances beyond our control have made it difficult for FC Meralco Manila to continue," the statement read. "The board and management of the Sparks have tried to arrange for new investors that would keep the organization running, but those efforts have sadly fallen short."

"We sincerely apologize to our fans, and thank them for all the support over the last seven years."

According to team management, they are assisting their players find new clubs to help them 'continue plying their trade'.

 

Meralco first took over the club, then known as Loyola Agila FC, in 2011 before changing its name to Loyola Meralco Sparks FC.

The club took up the name Meralco Manila FC in 2017 after announcing that they would compete in the PFL's inaugural season.

The club's major successes include a United Football League (UFL) Cup triumph in 2013, and a Philippine Football Federation (PFF) National Men's Club Championship in 2014.

Azkal standouts Phil and James Younghusband were the faces of the club for six years before moving to join Davao Aguilas FC in 2017.

Sans the Younghusbands, internationals Daniel Gadia, Curt Dizon, and Simon Greatwich, among others, led the way for Meralco.

In their lone season in the PFL, Meralco finished the regular season as the top seed, but fell to Global Cebu FC in the semifinal stage.