Matao advances to final round of AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

[March 31, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Guam is just one round away from qualifying to compete in its maiden AFC Asian Cup tournament based on results from the recently concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Preliminary Qualification Round 2.

Due to gaining one of the highest amounts of points in their final position in the Round 2 Qualifier table, the Matao automatically advanced to the final round of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers. Less than five years ago, Guam had been ranked at No. 46 in Asia but now proudly sit in at No. 25 based on Round 2 Qualifier rankings by AFC.


Oman survive Guam attack with 1-0 victory in World Cup qualification

[March 25, 2016 - Muscat, Oman] A valiant Guam has ended the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Preliminary Qualification with a 1-0 loss to Oman with only a controversial goal denying the Matao a share of the points.

Replays clearly showed a player in an offside position in the lead-up to Ahmed Al Mahajri’s 52nd minute goal and with that being the ultimate difference between the two teams, head coach Gary White felt the result was not entirely a justified one.

“What we showed not just tonight but throughout this campaign is that we belong at this level.”


Matao ready for 'tough challenge' against Oman in WCQ

[March 24, 2016 - Muscat, Oman] Guam will round out the first stage of their path to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup today when they play hosts Oman at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium in Muscat.

With a direct place into the third round of qualification for the Asian Cup on the line, the Matao will be out to show they belong amongst Asia’s elite despite missing out on a final round spot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“We have a chance to show just how serious a player we are in Asia by performing well against an Oman side that also has a lot on the line,” said coach Gary White.


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.


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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