LA Galaxy's AJ DeLaGarza officially joins Matao's 30-man roster

L.A. Galaxy’s starting central defender A.J. DeLaGarza has officially agreed to be named to the Matao’s 30-man roster for the upcoming East Asian Cup semifinal round tournament in Hong Kong in December.

“This was a huge decision for me,” DeLaGarza said via telephone from Los Angeles, Calif. “I’d like to keep that door open for me to play for Guam.”


Jason Cunliffe joins professional ranks

Matao captain Jason Cunliffe is scoring goals professionally now.

Not long after he signed a contract to play with Pachanga FC, a professional team in the United Football League in the Philippines, Cunliffe scored a goal in his team’s 3-0 win over Mendiola FC in the UFL Cup.

"I hope to contribute to the team in every single facet of the game – I am willing and able to do it all," said Cunliffe before he departed on a plane to Manila. "Playing soccer professionally is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. I’ve been playing since I was five years old and it grew into my passion. I’ve never wanted to do anything else."


GFA - Guam moves up 7 FIFA ranking spots

Matao captain Jason Cunliffe and Matao head coach Gary White participate in a press conference prior to the start of the Philippines Football Peace Cup at the Century Park Hotel in Manila, Philippines. The Matao, Guam men's national football team, finished as second runner up in the tournament. Following the tournament, Guam's FIFA world-ranking rose seven places to No. 178, the best-ever ranking for the island to date.Guam is quickly becoming one of the more notably moving FIFA-member nations in the Asian Football Confederation, achieving its best ranking ever at No. 178 in the most recently released FIFA world rankings.

"I'm definitely stoked," said Matao captain Jason Cunliffe. "I don't think anyone on the team has been a fan of Guam soccer as long as I have. I'm going on 24 years of playing and that's more than the ages of a lot of the guys on the team


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