Daryl Lagos, Azkals United
A new member is set to be on the line up of the Philippine Azkals. A young Filipino professional footballer in one of Europe's top league in the German Bundesliga. His name is Kevin Ingreso.
Born to a Filipino father and a German mother in Hamburg, Germany. 18 Year old, Kevin Ingreso started his football career with the youth teams of TSV Wandsetal Hamburg, Concordia SC and FC St. Pauli and in 2007 saw his inclusion to Bundesliga club Hamburger SV youth squad.
In the league season of 2010/11 he joined the club's U19 - Team A and would later on hold a title as Captain, a position given to a player who can influence the game, a leader on the pitch and is usually the oldest, but in the case of the U19 Squad he was only 17.
March 25, 2011, Kevin would then play & score a goal for the first time in the Men's division for Hamburg SV 2nd Team's 2-0 Win Vs FC Oberneuland, Z. Lam in the 11th minute scored the opening goal before the promising Ingreso sealed their victory in the 32' mark.
Kevin has played for Germany's U15 and for the Philippines U20 Selection in the Nagold Cup held last April 2011 where he appeared with other international players who has Filipino lineage and they finished 2nd behind by just by 1 goal in tournament. Along with him, the standout players were Patrick Reichelt, a striker from the Cottbus second team, who scored five goals in the competition, and central defender Oliver Poetschke impressed Philippine Azkals Coach Michael Weiss.
He is most comfortable playing as an Attacking Mid-Fielder, a similar position played by Filipino-Spanish Angel Guirado for the Philippines' senior squad.
A progress made and reflected for Ingreso as he is selected to the 1st team of his club for the 2011/2012 Bundesliga season, unfortunately in the Preseason match vs Police Selection of Hamburg & Schleswig-Holstein he was injured due to a torn Ankle ligament but was said to return to playing form in the first weeks of September 2011.
The club ensures smooth professional transition of Kevin as he is still listed also in the reserve squad of Hamburg SV.
Kevin may be one of the youngest pro players for the Azkals, but certainly will not be a push over as he gains more quality playing experience in Europe that could develop him to a formidable force in the middle forward for the future.