Isa ang balanced diet sa mga importanteng bagay para sa mga atleta. Kaya naman para sa Azkals member na si Phil Younghusband, kailangan niyang bantayan ang kanyang kinakain.
Nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang miyembro ng media si Phil noong Sabado, Nobyembre 26, sa meet-and-greet event nila sa Kenny Roger's restaurant sa SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
Inamin ni Phil na mahilig siyang kumain. Pero ngayong nagkaka-edad na siya at may palapit na football match, kailangan niyang kontrolin ang kanyang pagkain.
Paliwanag ng 24-year-old football player, "Usually, it depends on the time of the season.
"Usually, when I'm playing football, I try to relax with what I eat because I know I can burn the calories off.
"But if I have time off, then I try to watch what I eat, so I don't put on too much fat or eat too much carbohydrates.
"But now I'm getting older, I think I have to watch what I eat more.
"When I was younger—when I was eighteen, nineteen, twenty—I could burn it off very quickly.
"But now, now, I have to watch what I eat."
AZKALS VS. L.A. GALAXY. Samantala, nakangiting ikinuwento ni Phil ang tungkol sa papalapit na laban ng team Azkals sa international team na L.A. Galaxy.
Ang L.A. Galaxy ay isang football team na naka-base sa Los Angeles, California, at isa sa sampung kinikilalang koponan sa Major League Soccer.
"It is very exciting!" bulalas ng Azkals forward player.
"It's good exposure for the Azkals, not only locally, but internationally.
"I think it's good exposure for the team and it'll be a good experience for the team."
Bukod pa rito, isa rin sa pinananabikan ni Phil ay ang pagkakaroon ng pagkakataong makalaban ang idolong si David Beckham—isa sa star players ng L.A. Galaxy.
Ani Phil, "I think last year we would never have been able to get this type of game in the Philippines.
"And to have David Beckham come over who...I mean, he's one of the reasons I played football.
"He's been my idol. I used to copy his haircut when I was younger. Used to copy the way he used to dress.
"He was one of my...my biggest idols, football idols, ever since I was seven or eight years old.
"To get the chance to play with him, knowing that he's coming to the end of his career, it's a dream come true for me."
Ang laban ng Philippine Azkals sa L.A. Galaxy ay gaganapin sa Disyembre 3, Sabado, sa Yñares Rizal Stadium, Pasig City.