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Etheridge and Philippines dreaming of English Premier League

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge could become the first southeast Asian to play in the English Premier League later this year, and also help develop soccer in his native Philippines.

Etheridge has missed just one game in Cardiff's push to be promoted to the Premier League from The Championship, English's soccer second tier. With 13 games of the 46 remaining in the 2017-18 season, Cardiff sits in second place and is on course to join the richest and most popular soccer league in the world.

"We are not thinking of the Premier League just yet," Etheridge, born in London in 1990 to an English father and Filipino mother, told The Associated Press.