The United City Football Club caps its full roster announcement ahead of the FIFA transfer window deadline this week with the signing of Anthony Pinthus, 22. He is a Filipino-Swiss goalkeeper from the Azkals Development Team.
Pinthus served as a goalkeeper for the Philippine Under-23 National Men’s Football Team during the 30th Southeast Asian Games campaign. Prior to his ADT stint, he was affiliated with clubs such as FC Kosova, FC Wohlen and GC Zurich U21.
“True to our mission of developing young players, we have signed Antony Pinthus on loan from ADT,” UCFC co-founder Eric Gottschalk stated. “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.”
For Gottschalk, Pinthus is the most promising goalkeeper of the Philippines after Neil Etheridge, 30, and Roland Müller, 32. The UCFC co-founder said, “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,” Gottschalk continued. “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.”
Days before Pinthus’s signing, the UCFC signed German-Filipino brothers Manuel Ott, 28, and Mike Ott, 25. They join 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, Pocholo Bugas, Jordan Jarvis, Jorrel Aristorenas and Jose Miguel Clarino.