Jason Sabio

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Jason Sabio
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Personal information
Full name Jason Abbott Abantao Sabio
Date of birth (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Koronadal, Philippines
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Ceres F.C.
Number 3
Youth career
Grissom High School
2004–2007 BSC Panthers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Alabama Spirit ? (?)
2009 Rocket City United ? (0)
2011 Rocket City United ? (0)
2011–2012 Kaya 12 (0)
2014– Ceres
National team
2011– Philippines 15 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:50, 26 June 2012 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:25, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

Jason Abbott Abantao Sabio[1] (born 30 June 1986) is a Filipino soccer player who plays as a center back or a right back for Ceres FC, but is more comfortable at central defense because of his leap, speed and communication skills.[2]

A native of the Philippines, he moved to the United States at a young age where he eventually settled in Huntsville, Alabama. There he took up the sport of soccer, playing in high school and in college where he also obtained a bachelor's degree in biochemistry graduating cum laude. He is currently in law school at the University of Alabama and is also a player and coach of their club soccer team.[3] An aspiring lawyer, he will pursue playing professional soccer if he cannot get offers from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz or Maynard Cooper Gale law firms.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sabio was born in Manila, Philippines whose parents are physicians.[4] His mother is originally from Koronadal and his father is from Marikina.[5] In 1989 Sabio's father started working in the United States, and by 1991, Sabio and his mother followed. They were originally based in Long Island, New York but moved to Huntsville, Alabama when Sabio was in the 5th grade. Growing up in Huntsville, he spent a lot of time at his best friend's (named Edward Wills) house due to his parents working a lot. Wills was a soccer player and he was the one who got Sabio into the sport by the 7th grade.[4]

Playing career[edit]

College career[edit]

Sabio was recruited from Grissom High School by Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) where he received an academic and athletic scholarship.[6] He played for BSC's soccer team, the Panthers from 2004–2007 and won two NCAA Division 1 Big South Conference championships.[7] Sabio revealed that after two years, he took classes at Northwestern University and almost transferred there but decided to stay at BSC due to their better paying scholarship.[4] After graduation, he was offered a contract to play professionally in Germany but declined the offer due to personal obligations and opting to teach and coach in a high school.[3][8]

Club career[edit]

A former Alabama Spirit player, he was signed by Rocket City United (RCU) for the 2009 NPSL season in late April 2009.[9] He made his debut in RCU's opening game on 2 May 2009 as he conceded two goals in their 2–1 defeat to Saturn FC.[10] He would concede another two goals in their following match against Pumas FC but RCU were able to win 5–2.[11] It would be his last match until their 1–1 away draw to Chattanooga FC on 21 June as Sabio had other commitments which included trying out for the Philippines national team.[12] During his absence, RCU suffered a second league defeat, losing 2–0 to Atlanta FC. This would be their last defeat in the regular season and Sabio would be part of RCU's undefeated run which led them to win the Southeast Division Championship.[13] However, he conceded four goals in a 4–2 defeat to the Erie Admirals in the NPSL National semi-finals.[14]

Sabio was bound to play for RCU in the 2010 NPSL season but was unable due to commitments to his law firm work.[15] However, the club reported on 1 February 2011 that he will be returning for the 2011 NPSL season.[16] His first game back came on the opening day of the season. He got an assist and a clean sheet as RCU defeated Knoxville Force 2–0.[17] He would practically the miss the rest the season due to being on international duty with the Philippines national team.

On 13 August 2011, it was reported that Sabio had signed for Kaya in the Philippines.[18]

International career[edit]

Sabio was discovered by Philippines national team captain Aly Borromeo. Sabio met him in the summer of 2009 and since then, Borromeo has been getting him to join the Philippines national team. He was not able to do so due to commitments in law school.[2] By January 2011, as the Philippines were preparing for their 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification first leg play-off match against Mongolia on 9 February, it was reported that Sabio was one of six new foreign based players that would be trying out for the team.[19] He joined the team on 31 January, just nine days before their match against Mongolia but was still named in the final roster.[2][20] During the match, he came on as a 70th-minute substitute for Anton del Rosario at right back and provided the assist to Phil Younghusband's injury time goal, as the Philippines eventually won 2–0.[21] Due to the absence of regular central defender Rob Gier, Sabio started and completed the 90 minutes in the second leg against Mongolia. However, he gave away a penalty and eventually conceded two goals, as the Philippines lost 2–1.[22][23] They still advanced to the group stage of the qualification by winning 3–2 on aggregate.

Coaching career[edit]

In the spring of 2008, Sabio was on the coaching staff of John Carroll High School's junior varsity team and varsity team where they won the state championship. In 2009, he also coached the Huntsville High School girls soccer team, Huntsville United soccer club, and an under-12 boys team.[3][4]




National team[edit]


  1. ^ "Philippines roster - 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hizon, Charles (2011-02-16). "Jason Sabio: One word describes the experience... surreal". Soccer Central Philippines. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b c Betowt, Yvonne T. (2011-02-21). "Grissom grad is shining star in native Philippines". AL.com. The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d "The Insider: Interviews - Jason Sabio". Rocket City United. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  5. ^ Reyes, Shiela (2011-06-18). "Azkals up cose: Jason Sabio". abs-cbnNEWS.com. Alto Broadcasting System-Chronicle Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Jason Sabio going back to his roots during RCU offseason". Rocket City United. 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Former soccer player Jason Sabio named to Philippine National Team". BSCsports.net. Birmingham-Southern College. 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  8. ^ Owens, Laura (2011-03-08). "Law student a foreign soccer star". The Crimson White. Birmingham, Alabama: University of Alabama. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  9. ^ "RCU announces first set of new signings". Rocket City United. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  10. ^ "Rocket City United falls 2-1 in league opener versus Saturn FC". Rocket City United. 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Rocket City United Rampant: Pumas FC Routed 5-2". Rocket City United. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  12. ^ "Ten man RCU battles Chattanooga to hard fought draw 1-1". Rocket City United. 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  13. ^ "Rocket City United wins NPSL Southeast: On to final four in Madison, WI". Rocket City United. 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  14. ^ "Rocket City United loses NPSL semifinal 4-2 to Erie". Rocket City United. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  15. ^ Wooley, Drew (2011-03-17). "RCU's Sabio players in Philippines". MadisonAlMagazine.com. Madison Weekly. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  16. ^ "Returning RCU player, Jason Sabio, called to Philippines national team". Rocket City United. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  17. ^ Theisen, Scott (2011-05-08). "Rocket City United wins 2-0 over Knoxville". WAFF.com. WAFF 48 News. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  18. ^ Tupas, Cedelf P. (2011-08-13). "UFL Cup: Global, Kaya tap members of Azkals". Inquirer.net. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  19. ^ Manotoc, TJ (2011-01-12). "Azkals to rely on Fil-Fors in AFC Challenge Cup". abs-cbnNEWS.com. Alto Broadcasting System-Chronicle Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  20. ^ Santiago, Francis (2011-02-07). "Azkals aim a shot in the dark". MB.ph. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  21. ^ "Match Summary - Philippines v Mongolia". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  22. ^ "Match Summar - Mongolia v Philippines". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  23. ^ Tupas, Cedelf P. (2011-03-15). "Match defeat tempers joy of qualification". Inquirer.net. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 

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