OJ Porteria

Midfielder, 23
Born 9 May 1994
Height 168cm
Weight 63kg
Club Kaya

Birthplace: Virginia, USA

How did you start playing football?

“My brother introduced me the game when I was 3 years ago and it stuck since I wanted to do everything he did. My parents and family ended up falling in love with the game.”


What made you play for the national team?

“Nate Burkey told me about the national team. I did not even know the Philippines had a team. He told me about a tryout in California. I flew to California for a couple days and then they told me to fly to Manila. And that’s how it all started.”


What’s your message for all the Filipinos out there?

“Be proud of who you are. No matter how successful you become, always remember where your roots are. Proud to be Pinoy because we are beautiful people and a beautiful country!”