Cunliffe first in Guam to earn over 50 international caps

[September 27, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] When Jason Cunliffe stepped onto the pitch during the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Preliminary Round 1 tournament in Mongolia earlier this month in a match against Macau, he became Guam’s first and only national player to officially earn 50 international caps to date.

“Any cap earned representing one’s country is an absolute honor and a blessing,” Cunliffe said. “Anyone who knows me knows that I live and die for Guam football, so to be able to reach my 50th cap is something I hold very dear to my heart. To be the first to reach this milestone for Guam is something that I’ll tell my grandchildren about one day.”

Since Guam earned its membership into FIFA in 1996, the national team has played in a total of 72 international football matches recognized by the world organization to date, the FIFA Web site states.


Matao looks forward to Asian Cup, World Cup Qualifiers

[September 9, 2018 - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia] With Guam-based players and staff on the Matao roster returning home from international duty Saturday, wheels are in motion for performance assessments and plans for improvements for future tournaments.

The Matao, Guam Men’s National Team, finished with a 1-1-1 record in the recently concluded EAFF E-1 Football Championship Preliminary Competition Round 1, played in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

“The (training) camp and the EAFF tournament was a step in the right direction after not playing competitively for over 18 months,” said Karl Dodd, Matao Head Coach. “The rejuvenation of the squad and the implementation of the new playing style and culture are taking place, and as coaching staff, we are very happy with their progress. The players have really galvanized as a group on this trip and created a work environment that will allow us to continually grow as a team.


Matao to play final match of EAFF tourney vs Mongolia

[September 5, 2018 - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia] Improvements for mastery of Guam’s new national football playing style will be made as the Matao moves into the final day of competition Thursday in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Preliminary Competition Round 1 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Guam will take on the host country in the final men’s competition match of the tournament beginning at 7 p.m. Guam time Thursday.

“We’re looking forward to our final match in the tournament against the home country,” said Karl Dodd, Matao Head Coach. “As we’re in the beginning stages of implementing a new Guam national football playing style, we’re a work in progress and will continue building on our experiences with each match we play. We’re rejuvenating the squad with many talented young players who many of us are familiar with from Guam’s domestic league and they’ve been contributing greatly to the team.


Matao display new national playing style; defeat NMI 4-0

[September 2, 2018 - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia] Demonstrating a new national playing style, Guam outclassed the Northern Mariana Islands 4-0 to officially open its bid in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Preliminary Competition Round 1 Mongolia Sunday afternoon at the Mongolian Football Federation Stadium in Ulaanbaatar.

“I would like to thank the head coach of NMI (Mita Michiteru) for the match and also pay homage to the progress that he has made with NMI,” said Karl Dodd, head coach of the Matao, Guam men’s national football team. “We are using this tournament to implement our new playing style in competitive matches. I thought that the players executed this well for 70 minutes of the game and then we became inconsistent toward the end. This is all part of the learning process of a new playing philosophy and we are on the right track – as long as we can improve each game, then we are on track.

“It was also a great opportunity for four debutants: Ryan Quitugua (21 years old), Devan Mendiola (19 years old), Isiah Lagutang (21 years old), and Kyle Halehale (16 years old). All of these players represented the island with a worthy performance,” Dodd added.


Guam FA ink partnership with Macron for national teams

[September 1, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Beginning this month, Guam’s national teams will officially be outfitted in match and training kits by Macron, following the signing of a three-year partnership naming the Bologna, Italy-based sports apparel and equipment company its “Official Technical Kit Supplier”.

“We are very excited with this new partnership with Macron to outfit our national teams,” said Tino San Gil, Guam Football Association President. “For a large, emerging high-quality international brand to support Guam, this is telling of the consistent progress we’ve made in football and the goals we still have yet to achieve that continues to attract positive attention internationally.”

The Matao will debut its new kits at the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Preliminary Competition Round 1 in Mongolia Sunday when the team takes on the Northern Mariana Islands and on Monday, the Masakåda will play against Macau in its new Macron kits.


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