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OJ Porteria parts ways with Kaya

After four seasons, OJ Porteria has ended his stellar career with Kaya. (file photo)
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA--In a shocking development, OJ Porteria has parted ways with Kaya Monday, the club said in a statement.

The 22 year-old posted his farewell message on his Instagram, thanking for everyone at the club for his four-year stay with the UFL powerhouse.

I was 16 when I made my first decision to come to the Philippines and to play for the National Team. It was probably one of the most exciting times in my life. I was ready to start my career and make a name for myself. In 2012, I signed my first ever contract with Kaya FC, which then became another exciting time in my life. I was so eager, so motivated, to make an impact in club history. As we fast forward 4 years, I am here to say that my time at Kaya FC has come to an end. I have done all I could do for the club. Together, we have accomplished things that no one ever thought we could accomplish. We have made history in Philippine Football, and that's all I ever wanted when I came out here. Life is short, and once you've done all you could do, once you've achieved the goals that you've set out for yourself, it's time to embark on a new journey. It's time for new challenges and a fresh start. With that being said, I would like to thank each and everyone of you who has been a part of my experience here in the Philippines. I would like to thank the management, the owners, the staff, all of my teammates during my time here, Chris Greatwich, and the best fans in the league The Ultras, for having faith in me and giving me this unforgettable opportunity. Our memories together is something that no one could ever take away from me. Thank you for making that 18 year old who signed for Kaya FCs dreams come true. Una Kaya!
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The mercurial winger joined the club in 2012 after spending his youth career with MLS' DC United and made his rousing league debut against Green Archers United the following season, beating four defenders in what has been considered one of the best goals of the UFL.

Overall, he made 31 league appearances with Kaya, scoring 27 goals, the last coming from the spot in Saturday's loss to JP Voltes. He also picked up the UFL Cup last season, paving the way for their historic AFC Cup stint the following season in which he scored two goals, the most memorable of it was the last second winner against New Radiant at home last March 8.

Porteria eases the fears of the Filipino football fans whom they think that he retired for the Azkals, as he only leaves the UFL on his tweet yesterday.
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