OJ Porteria leaves United City for Thailand stint

Published November 18, 2020, 2:35 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Photo from PFL website

Thailand will be the next destination for OJ Porteria and possibly Jarvey Gayoso after their impressive campaigns in the recent Philippines Football League season.

Porteria announced Monday of his decision to take his talents abroad after playing nine domestic seasons, including United City’s successful PFL title run that saw the midfielder produce four goals.

He also found the back of the net three times earlier this year in the AFC Champions League qualifying phase and AFC Cup for Ceres-Negros, which later transferred ownership to current investors of the renamed United City club.

“After 9 years playing in the Philippines, it’s time to say goodbye for now,” Porteria said on social media.

“Thank you for all your love and support throughout the years. As one chapter in my career closes, another one opens and I can’t wait for the new challenge. Maraming salamat po!”

United City later wished Porteria all the best in Thailand where plenty of Filipino players are currently suiting up for different clubs in the Thai League 1.

Among the Filipino players in Thailand are Michael Falkesgaard, Patrick Deyto, Carli de Murga and Patrick Reichelt.

It is still unknown which club Porteria will play while Gayoso is said to being wooed by several clubs, according to national team and Azkals Development Team coach Scott Cooper.

Gayoso scored four goals during the season that saw ADT bounced back from losing its first two matches to place third in the league.

“My plan is that if I am offered by a Thai team, I’d leave as I can, as soon as they’d have me I’d leave because of the whole pandemic,” Gayoso said in Tuesday’s episode of The Crossover podcast.