GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Schedule change in Budweiser Soccer Premier Division

[December 7, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] The Guam Football Association Men’s Committee recently issued a change in schedule affecting Saturday’s originally planned fixtures of the Budweiser Soccer League Premier Division.

Haya United and the NAPA Rovers, originally scheduled to play in Saturday’s late match, will now play at 7 p.m. Saturday in the teams’ final fixture before the division’s three-week holiday break. The Haya United-Rovers fixture will be live-streamed on www.sorensenmediagroup.com/reddragon

The other match originally scheduled on Saturday featuring the Bank of Guam Strykers against Guam Shipyard will instead be played at 7 p.m. Sunday at GFA.

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Shipyard on top of BSL Premier Division after 3 weeks

[October 26, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Shipyard remains as the lone undefeated team in the Budweiser Soccer League Premier Division after three weeks of play in the latest statistics report released by the Guam Football Association Men’s Committee.

Following its 4-2 victory against defending champion NAPA Rovers in Week 2, Shipyard extended its win streak and goal differential with a 17-2 win over division newcomers Haya United Saturday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Shipyard’s Mark Chargualaf led all scorers with five goals in his team’s match against Haya United and teammate Min Sung Choi, last season’s Golden Boot winner, scored four in the contest.

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Rovers score twice in loss to Benfica de Macau in AFC Cup

[August 21, 2016 - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan] Rovers FC scored a pair of goals in the final 15 minutes of play in the team’s final 2017 AFC Cup qualifying round match, but was unable to overcome Benfica de Macau in a 4-2 contest in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

“We made some early defensive mistakes and they took advantage of that,” said James Okuhama, Rovers head coach, in a press conference after the match. “But, the boys never gave up, showing Guahan pride – they came back with two goals by never giving up. I am proud of their efforts.”

Benfica’s Carlos Leonel struck twice in the first 10 minutes of play, first finishing a left-side cross from Jose Filipe Aguiar in the fifth minute, and four minutes later, finishing a right-side cross from Nicholas Torrão. Torrão also added a goal for Benfica in the 33rd minute on a low header to finish a left-side cross from Aguiar.

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Rovers debut in AFC Cup foiled by Anatolii brace in Bishkek

[August 20, 2016 - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan] A free kick awarded to Kygryzstan’s FC Dordoi about 20 minutes into the second half eventually made the difference in the team’s 2-0 victory over Guam’s Rovers FC in the first Group A match of the 2017 AFC Cup qualifying round in Bishkek.

“We are an amateur football team playing (against) a professionally paid Kyrgyz team so we welcome the challenge of playing for our island and our proud spirit,” said Jason Cunliffe, Rovers FC captain. “Our starting players age range from 39 to 16, but I think we surprised them by keeping up and playing at their level.”

The Rovers defense, led by goalkeeper Doug Herrick, managed to frustrate the home team’s attackers, but a foul called on 16-year-old Takumi Ito on the right wing presented an opportunity for FC Dordoi midway through the second half. Vlasichev Anatolii converted on the opportunity to give his team a 1-0 lead.

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Rovers FC set to make history at AFC Cup in Kyrgyzstan

[August 16, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Budweiser Soccer League three-time defending champions, Rovers FC, will make history Aug. 19 when the team becomes the first club team from Guam to compete in an official AFC club football tournament match.

The team departed Guam Monday to Kyrgyzstan to compete in the qualifying stage of the 2017 AFC Cup. While in Bishkek, the Rovers will compete against Dordoi FC, runner up in the 2015 Kyrgyzstan League, on Aug. 19 and against Benfica de Macau, 2016 Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol champions, on Aug. 21. Only the top team will qualify for a spot in the next round of the multi-tiered club football tournament. The complete schedule of all upcoming qualifying stage matches is available on the AFC Web site.

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