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Matao look forward to World Cup Qualifier vs Oman

[March 20, 2016 - Taipei, Chinese Taipei] In a closely fought affair Guam has narrowly lost 3-2 to Chinese Taipei on Saturday evening in a match they dominated until a raft of second half changes handed momentum to the hosts.

In front of almost 5,000 people at the Taipei Municipal Stadium, the home side took the lead in the 5th minute but Guam responded 29 minutes later as Justin Lee grabbed his maiden goal for the Matao.

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Matao to expect wet, soggy conditions in int'l friendly

[March 18, 2016 - Taipei, Chinese Taipei] Team Matao have completed their pre-match formalities ahead of Saturday’s international match with Chinese Taipei but due to persistent rain neither side was actually able to train on the match venue.

The Taipei Municipal Stadium has been water-logged due to rain that’s lasted more than ten days in the north of the country but the hope is for dryer weather come kick-off on Saturday evening.

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Matao begin camp in Chinese Taipei ahead of Qualifier

[March 17, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan] The Matao have gathered in Taipei and knocked off some cobwebs at their first training session as they prepare for Saturday night’s international match with Chinese Taipei.

Despite the 21-strong group coming from four different nations and numerous time-zones they hit the training ground at a university campus on the outskirts of the capital to start preparing for what’s being billed as a regional ‘grudge match.’

With Guam having gone undefeated in their past three matches against the hosts, Chinese Taipei will be desperate to try and turn around that record, a fact not lost on captain Jason Cunliffe.

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Matao to begin training camp in Chinese Taipei this week

[March 12, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Matao coaches and players will converge in Chinese Taipei for a week long training camp ahead of its final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Preliminary Qualification Round 2 against Oman in Muscat, scheduled for Mar. 24.

While in Chinese Taipei, the Matao will play a FIFA international friendly match against Chinese Taipei's national team on Mar. 19. Guam is undefeated in its three most recent fixtures with Chinese Taipei, dating back to the semifinal round of the EAFF East Asian Cup in 2012. Guam was forced to a 1-1 draw in that fixture and followed with a 3-0 win in the 2013 AFC Challenge Cup group stage in Myanmar. Guam next defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1 in the semifinal round of the EAFF East Asian Cup in 2014.

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Matao GK Jaye to play pro with FC Cincinnati

[Harmon, Guam - February 19, 2016] Matao goalkeeper Dallas Jaye continues to enjoy the fruits of his labor after signing with professional soccer club FC Cincinnati for the upcoming USL season, set to kick off next month.

Jaye, who officially signed with the club Feb. 15, currently is one of three goalkeepers on FC Cincinnati’s roster for its inaugural season. The USL is the third tier of the U.S. soccer league system behind the MLS and NASL.

“Playing soccer at the professional level was always my dream,” Jaye said via E-mail. “Ever since I hopped in goal at age seven, I never looked back. I used to go to San Jose Earthquakes games with my youth teams and watch the pros play, and I wondered if I could reach that point. I used to daydream in school about playing in stadiums with big crowds and against the best players.

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