GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

15 called up to Men's National Training Camp in Calif.

[March 17, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Men's National Team Head Coach Karl Dodd has called up 15 players for a Matao training camp set to begin in San Diego, Calif. Monday.

“We are using this camp to evaluate the players off-island and to implement the new professional standards and playing style to those players,” Dodd said. “Through the camp, we will be able to assess players playing in intercollegiate and professional leagues in the United States. For every tournament, we want to call up the best players available to produce the best results for Guam.”

The training camp will officially begin Monday, Mar. 19 through to Tuesday, Mar. 27 with friendly matches against San Diego State University and L.A. Galaxy II on Mar. 23 and Mar. 27, respectively.

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Australia's Dodd appointed Matao Head Coach starting 2018

[December 26, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Football Association officially announces the appointment of Australia’s Karl Dodd to the Head Coach position of the Matao, Guam men’s national team, beginning Jan. 18.

Dodd, most recently the High Performance Manager for the Brisbane Roar in Australia’s Hyundai A-League, the country’s top professional league, brings with him a wealth of professional playing experience and coaching, as well as expertise in athletic strength and conditioning.

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Matao Asian Cup campaign officially ends with withdrawal

[December 29, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] The Matao officially completed its campaign in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers after recently receiving a letter from AFC confirming Guam’s decision to pull out of the continental tournament.

Primarily due to the foreseeable strain on the organization’s financial capabilities, Guam Football Association submitted its intention to pull out of the next round of the tournament’s qualification stage, set to begin in 2017 through to 2018, following a decision by executives and board members in a recent meeting.

“It is with a heavy heart that after deliberation among executives and board members that we have to pull out of the continent’s prestigious tournament at this stage,” said Richard K. Lai, GFA President.

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Matao aim for win in final EAFF tourney fixture Saturday

[November 11, 2016 - Hong Kong] The Matao, Guam men’s national football team, won’t accept anything less than a full three points from regional rival Chinese Taipei in the sides’ final fixture of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Round 2 Hong Kong set for Saturday at Mong Kok Stadium.

As it stands, Guam has the edge over Chinese Taipei in the tournament’s standings after Day 2 matches based on goal differential, with Guam’s narrow 3-2 loss to Hong Kong on opening day of the men’s competition and a heartbreaking 2-0 loss to DPR Korea Wednesday evening, the smallest scoring margin between the two sides to date.

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Matao roster finalized for EAFF tournament in Hong Kong

[October 31, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Football Association officially released the list of players selected to the final Matao roster set to compete in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Semifinal Round in Hong Kong beginning Sunday.

The Matao, Guam men’s national football team, will be competing against DPR Korea, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei. The winning team from the semifinal round will earn a berth in the final round of the biennial tournament to compete against Japan, Korea Republic, and China, P.R. in Japan next year.

“The competition we’ll be facing in Hong Kong will be fierce, organized and prepared to win games,” said Darren Sawatzky, Matao Head Coach, via E-mail from Washington. “We must approach the competition game-by-game and opponent-by-opponent.

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