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United City FC signs promising goalkeeper Anthony Pinthus

United City Football Club (UCFC) completed its team by signing young goalkeeper, Anthony Pinthus on loan from the Azkals Development Team (ADT), ahead of the FIFA transfer window deadline this week.

The 22-year old is a Philippines born-Swiss who is also part of the Philippine Under-23 that played in the 30th SEA Games late last year.

Prior to his ADT stint, Pinthus was also played with clubs such as FC Kosova, FC Wohlen, and GC Zurich U21.

UCFC co-founder Eric Gottschalk is delighted with the signing, and believes Pinthus is a promising player and his talent will be better developed in a highly competitive football.

“True to our mission of developing young players, we have signed Antony Pinthus, on loan from ADT, he said in a statement.

“This was also agreed on by both clubs and supported by Philippines National Head Coach Scott Cooper, to expose Pinthus to the AFC Cup competition.

“He is the most promising goalkeeper of the Philippines after Neil and Roland and we are happy that he decided to join us for this season, as we believe that UCFC is the right platform to expose him to top Asian football, while learning from our veterans such as Stephan Schroeck and Bienve Maranon.

“The signing of Pinthus marks the completion of the roster ahead of the transfer window deadline this week. As for the position of Head Coach, we have prepared a shortlist of a number of highly qualified individuals and we will make an announcement in due time.”

Pinthus completes the roster, along with Stephan Shrock, OJ Porteria, Sean Patrick Kane, Ron Bayan, Jun Badelic, Angelo Marasigan, Robert Mendy, Arnie Pasinabo, Tristan Robles, Dennis Villanueva, Joshua Dutosme, Takashi Odawara, Hikaru Minegishi, Bienvenido Maranon, Mike Ott, Manuel Ott, Pocholo Bugas, Jordan Jarvis, Jorrel Aristorenas, and Jose Miguel Clarino.

While Philippines Football League (PFL) have yet to decide on resumption date, UCFC will resume their campaign in the group stage of the AFC Cup 2020 on Sept. 23.

UCFC is in Group H and will play all of its games at the Cam Pha Stadium in Quang Ninh, Vietnam, playing against Bali United on Sept. 23, Cambodian club Syay Rieng FC on Sept. 26 and Than Quang Ninh on Sept. 29.