GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Players, coaches set for Shizuoka youth tournament

[July 23, 2018 - Yona, Guam] Nine youth players and three coaches from the Wings FC will be flying to Shizuoka, Japan later this week to compete in the Nakaizu Winery Hill Cup Junior Tournament, an 8-vs-8 tournament, beginning Friday.

“Every year, we always look for tournaments, particularly in Japan, for youth players in the summer so they stay competitive even when domestic leagues are on a break,” said Marvin “Ike” Iseke, Wings FC President. “Thanks to Coach (Tetsuo) Yamamoto, we’ve been fortunate to provide this for our players. We stopped temporarily a few years ago after the tsunami hit northern Japan, but after, we wanted to restart and continue this tradition, which also serves to prepare the young players moving up into the Guam national program traveling for larger tournaments. The players become accustomed to requirements for travel, see the level of competition outside of Guam, and they develop into ambassadors of Guam through soccer, among other things.

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Atsuta, Meyar to take part in youth event at FIFA World Cup

[June 7, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Guam’s Raito Atsuta and Riku Meyar will be among the multitude of football fans from around the world flocking to Moscow, Russia to witness the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Atsuta and Meyar will be taking part in Gazprom’s Football for Friendship program, an international children’s social program spearheaded by the FIFA partner. The pair, the first from Guam to take part in this global program, will be in Moscow for a week engaging with youth representatives from all of FIFA’s 211 member nations in various activities, including a trip to Luzhniki Stadium to watch the tournament’s opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

“I can’t wait to go to Russia, I’ve been counting down the days,” said Atsuta, who plays for the Wings FC in the U13 division of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League. “In addition to soccer, I want to see famous places and things they have there and also to meet people.”

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Bank of Guam Strykers topple U18 elite defending champs

[March 21, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] No substitutes, no problem.

Despite fielding exactly 11 players for Week 3 of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League U18 Division, the Bank of Guam Strykers managed to topple defending champions ASC Trust Islanders 4-1 Monday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Joshua Calvo led the Strykers attack with two goals and teammates Jacob Herring and Vince Cruz also scored in the win. Juan Sarmiento scored the Islanders’ lone goal.

With the loss, the Islanders fall behind Wings FC in league standings based on goal differential. The Islanders, however, will have a chance to regain the top spot when they face the currently undefeated Wings in Monday’s continuation of the U18 Elite division at 6 p.m.

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ASC Trust Islanders stay on top of U18 elite leaderboard

[March 14, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] The ASC Trust Islanders stay at the top of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League U18 division leaderboard following the team’s 1-0 edge over Quality Distributors in Week 2 play Monday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

With both teams matching up on intensity on the pitch, the eventual game-winning goal from Takumi Ito finally separated the sides in the 82nd minute. The teams’ goalkeepers, the Islanders’ Ryan Root and Quality’s Marcus Del Rosario, both had a busy night stopping shots on both sides of the field.

The full match is available to view on GFA’s Internet TV channel: https://mycujoo.tv/guamfa?id=14220

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ASC Trust Islanders begin U18 elite title defense with win

[March 6, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Defending U18 division champions ASC Trust Islanders opened their 2018 Spring season bid in the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League with a convincing 10-1 win over debutants GPSI Southern Cobras Monday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

The Islanders scored within the first five minutes of the match, when Samuel Quan chased down a through pass from teammate Joshua Miller and managed to evade Cobras’ goalkeeper Cody Maestrecampo for the shot.

Fifteen minutes later, Islanders’ Takumi Ito nearly ran the length of the pitch before dishing off the ball to Kris Fernandez for an attempt at goal.

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