Last June 25, TeamPEx had the chance to witness the launch of Clear Dream Match held at the Rockwell Tent. Now, you may be scratching your head and asking yourself, what the heck’s the Clear Dream Match? The first of its kind, the Clear Dream Match features some of the country’s best football players from members of the United Football League, the Philippine Azkals, the country’s top college players, and celebrities clash on the field for the sake of football and charity.
The event’s inspiration was Steve Nash’s Showdown in Chinatown, an 8-aside pick-up game for charity that featured Thierry Henry, Claudio Reyna, Tony Parker, Baron Davis, Adrian Mutu and more. The event started in 2008 and due to the buzz it generated, it has become an annual charity event garnering hundreds of fans.
The two Dream Teams will be lead by Phil and James Younghusband, and this will be the first time that the brothers will be going up against each other on the field.
Event host Paolo Bediones
Daniel Matsunaga of Socceroo FC
Brothers James and Phil Younghusband
“An all-star game is something that I have always wanted to do in the Philippines”, says James Younghusband. “Being able to mount such an event just goes to show how much football has grown in the Philippines”, adds Phil.
Nate Greenwood having fun on the Clear Header game
Brothers Anton and Armand Del Rosario showcasing their football skills to the audience in attendance
The road to the Dream Match begins with Football fans voting for their favorite players into the Dream Teams. CLEAR has recruited a pool of 50 players which includes the likes of United Football League stars Anton Del Rosario, Nate Burkey, Freddy Gonzales, Eric Dagroh; College stars Patrick Deyto (DLSU), Miko Mabanag (Ateneo), and Shirmar Felongco (UST); Kaya F.C and Guam national team member, Jonah Romero; Andrew Wolff and Eric Tai from the Philippine Volcanoes; Brazilian models and members of Socceroo F.C, Daniel Matsunaga and Fabio Ide; celebrity host Paolo Bediones, members of Boys Night Out, and other outstanding players in the local Football scene. Fans have the power to choose.
Voting starts on June 25 via CLEAR’s Facebook page. The top 40 will then be drafted by Phil and James Younghusband for their respective Dream Teams on August 11. The players hit the pitch for the much-awaited CLEAR Dream Match on August 25 at the University of Makati.
Father Rocky of Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation
Aside from giving fans a Football spectacle, the game is also for the benefit of the Tuloy Sa Don Bosco Foundation—the organization known for sending a Football team to the Homeless World Cup.
“The CLEAR Dream Match is the first of its kind. Some of the best Football players in the scene playing in one game - it’s going to be an amazing show and truly a game for the history book”, says John Imperial, CLEAR’s Brand Manager.
The Clear Dream Match will be held on August 25 at the University of Makati. Mark the date, this is one dream match you wouldn’t want to miss.