Spotlight on 2 Pinoys in FIFA World Cup
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines may have missed a trip to the 2014 Asian Cup, but two foreign-bred players of Filipino descent are playing in the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
According to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Jonathan De Guzman, who plays for the Netherlands, was born to a Filipino father and a Jamaican mother.
The ASEAN also noted on its Facebook page that Nick Rimando, who is included in the US national football team, is of Filipino ancestry, although his mother is of Mexican descent.
De Guzman started for the Dutch national football team against Australia and Spain in the World Cup group stages.
He was born in Canada but became part of the Netherlands football team after securing Dutch citizenship in 2008. He is also listed as a midfielder for Swansea City, currently on loan from Villarreal.
Rimando, on the other hand, is a back-up keeper for the US squad. He is also a goalkeeper for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer.
Rimando and De Guzman are two of the three Southeast Asians playing in the World Cup. The third player identified by the ASEAN, is Massimo Luongo whose mother is Indonesian. Luongo is part of the Australian national football team.
The ASEAN hailed the their in the world’s biggest football stage. "Hurray for Jonathan and Nick!" the ASEAN said.
Both the US and the Netherlands still have the chance to reach the FIFA World Cup Round of 16.
The Netherlands defeated Chile last Monday, 2-0, to gain the top spot in Group B. The US, on the other hand, settled for a 2-2 draw with Portugal in Group G.