He knew he could seriously kick ball ever since he was six years old. This is why — even though the Filipino-American chinito looker is more popularly known as an actor through his most recent show, the Sunday afternoon youth-oriented Together Forever — Steven Silva has been getting a kick as defender for the second-division team, the Socceroo FC, of the United Football League (UFL). The league recently ended its 2011-2012 season, but Silva is hoping to be able to continue to satisfy his kicking passion.
Andrew Wolff, on the other hand, is able to keep his optimism especially now that he has recovered from a hamstring injury obtained during rugby, his ultimate kick. Tall and muscular, Wolff is part of the winning squad of the Philippine Volcanoes, the national rugby team that has been giving honor to the country with their successes abroad, notably their stint at the recently concluded Hong Kong Sevens, a premier rugby tournament. Though the once-actor Wolff has found his niche as a rugby player, he turns to one of his first loves — football.
Silva and Wolff could have their wishes come true especially since football has been continuously garnering support in the country. But what is this news that two of the forebears of the resurrection of the well-loved sport of Filipinos during the Spanish era are engaged in a sibling rivalry that no one seems to have anticipated?
James Younghusband head to head with younger brother Phil? James, who has consistently guarded his star striker brother's back while the latter is yet to add to his goal statistics? Phil, who has been relying on his older brother's guarding and assisting skills scoring many of his past goals?
Yes, there is going to be a sibling rivalry — a first, according to one of the culprits.
James and Phil are set to draw each other's blood… well, figuratively speaking. The Younghusbands are set to captain their own squads for the Clear Dream Match, set to happen on Aug. 25 at the University of Makati.
"It's the first time James and I are competing competitively," shares Phil.
The brothers are set to draft their top 40 out of a pool of 50 players from different fields on Aug. 11. Fans can vote on who gets to join either of the squads via the Clear Facebook site at facebook.com/Clear.
Imagine another possible sibling rivalry between Anton and Armand del Rosario, both hoping to be drafted as defenders. Or see pretty boys Azkal Nate Burkey, model Fabio Ide and rugby player Wolff as forwards?
Midfielding for this particular dream match would be such a field day with anchor-host Paolo Bediones, model Daniel Matsunaga, and actors Jake Cuenca, Rafael Rosell and Steven Silva, all vying to be included in either of the squads.
"That's why it's a dream match because it's your dream players in the game," adds Phil. The mix of draftees comes from players from the UFL, college football stars, models and radio hosts.
The brothers share that apart from the expected spectacle, the match will benefit the Tuloy Sa Don Bosco Foundation, a foundation known for sending a football team to the Homeless World Cup.