Mark Winhoffer in Philippines

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  1. BostonRed

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    Oct 9, 2011
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    Mark Winhoffer

    Date of birth/Age: Mar 1, 1999 (22)
    Place of birth: [​IMG]New York City, New York
    Citizenship: [​IMG]Philippines [​IMG] United States
    Height: 1,83 m
    Position: Central Midfield
    Current international: [​IMG]Philippines

    Played 5 matches with one goal in the United Football League, the now defunct top league in the Philippines, in 2015 & 2016. Was able to continue to play at Yale after that.

    Joined the Azkals Development Team in March 2021. It plays in the Filipino top tier as a bit of a NT development team.

    Brother of Ernest Winhoffer:

    TM profile:

    Yale profile:

    @Pelefan mentioned Mark in Ernest's thread with a pretty complete background.

    Mark is in the Azkals squad for WCQs right now.

    Twitter: @LilDubbz
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  2. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    #2 Pelefan, Jun 7, 2021
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2021
    Thanks for listing him Boston Red.

    Mark Winhoffer just graduated with honors at Yale University where he led his team as captain to the Ivy League Championship the last time they had a full season.

    In 2019, he was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, helping Yale win the league championship and earn a birth in the NCAA tournament. He also earned United Soccer Coaches All-Northeast Region first team, All-Ivy first team, and All-ECAC honors. Winhoffer finished the season as the Ivy League leader with 23 points, from six goals and 11 assists. His assist mark ranked sixth in the nation and was one shy of Craig Yacks’ school record set in 1997.

    Even though he was born in the US, he spent a lot of his formative soccer years in the Philippines as his Filipina mother was then President of IBM Philippines who has since then been promoted to Vice President and Global Marketing Director for IBM Global in New York.

    He learned the basics of football while studying at the prestigious International School Manila. There, he scored 30 goals and provided 46 assists in 46 matches; and was the most valuable player in the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools during his junior year.

    As mentioned, he even played a few games as a very young teenager at the defunct semi pro United Football League before joining Yale University while at the same time playing for various Philippine national junior youth teams.

    He has finally been called up to the senior men's team for the first time in the current WC qualifying cycle where he has apparently impressed. In this interview Philippine national team coach Scott Cooper mentioned Mark Winhoffer among 4 new very young newcomers who are likely to get playing time in the current window.

    The other 3 young players are already long time professionals and include 2 players who played for the national youth teams of Switzerland and Germany and a young pro player in Japan who at one time was considered for the Japanese national youth teams but was considered ineligible because of his lack of Japanese lineage.

    Acc. to his college bio, Winhoffer has had multiple offers to remain in the United States to play, but instead has returned to the Philippines to care for his grandfather this spring. He currently also has a job offer in the IBM Chief Analytics Office.

    This season though he has decided to stay in the Philippines where he will play in the Philippines Football League(top tier pro league) with the Azkals Development Team which includes many young players from all over the world who are considered potential players for the national team, to gain professional experience while hoping to join the national team for upcoming U23(Olympics, Asian Games and SEA Games) and men's(WC/Asian Cup qualifying and Suzuki SEA Cup) tournaments.
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