The Filipino word kaya means “We can” and, in Alibata, the ancient Philippine language, “susi ng kapatiran” or “key to brotherhood.” Both of these definitions were the basis for Kaya FC’s team spirit and vision as a club when it was founded in 1996 by Rudy del Rosario, Robert Kovach, Christopher Hagedorn, and the late John-Rey Bela-Ong.