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Matao 20-man roster announced for March 2015 friendlies

[March 24, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] Seven of the top players in Guam’s Budweiser Soccer League have officially been called up to the Matao, Guam men’s national team, to compete in two upcoming FIFA international friendly matches in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Of the seven, Min Sung Choi and Marlon Evans, both with the Payless Supermarkets Strykers FC, and Jan-Willem Staman, with Quality Distributors FC, received their first-ever call-up to represent Guam in international competition at the men’s senior level. Other BSL players on the 20-man traveling team roster are Matao captain Jason Cunliffe of the Rovers FC, Dylan Naputi of the Strykers FC, and Micah Paulino and Mark Chargualaf of Guam Shipyard.

“I definitely feel honored to have been selected as part of the Matao’s traveling team for the upcoming friendly matches,” Choi said. “I know so many players want to be on this team, so by being selected, it makes me want to work even harder to stay in.

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Evans signs for full-ride soccer scholarship to North Greenville

[March 11, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] With thousands of athletes across the U.S. signing national letters of intent to play collegiate sports, very few, if any, can boast of a call-up to their country’s national team squad before receiving a high school diploma like Guam’s Marlon Evans.

In the same week Evans officially signed a national letter of intent to play men’s soccer for North Greenville University, a NCAA Division II college in Tigerville, South Carolina, he also received a call-up to the Matao, Guam men’s national football squad, for the team’s upcoming FIFA friendly match against Hong Kong later this month. From this month’s friendly, Matao head coach Gary White will make his selections for Guam’s roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers beginning in June.

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Matao success ranked No. 1 sports story by PDN in 2014

The Matao's success in 2014 - including advancing to the semifinal round of the EAFF East Asian Cup for the third-straight time, as well as its notable performance in the semifinal round which included a win against Chinese Taipei, a draw with Hong Kong, and a head-turning match against DPR Korea - was ranked as the No. 1 sports story by the Pacific Sunday News.

Below is the article, as written by Pacific Daily News sports reporter Grant Wieman.

Matao's success ranks No. 1

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Matao shows quality against DPR Korea

Guam’s successful attacking style of play against former FIFA World Cup contender DPR Korea shocked millions globally and kept the Matao’s opponents on their back foot for the majority of the teams’ Day 2 match of the EAFF East Asian Cup semifinal round in Chinese Taipei.

Guam started the match positively, forcing a penalty kick opportunity in the opening minutes saved by goalkeeper Ri Kwang Il, fortunately for DPR Korea.

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Matao open EAFF semifinals with 2-1 over Chinese Taipei

Guam outclassed and outpaced host country Chinese Taipei on opening day of the EAFF East Asian Cup semifinal round resulting in a 2-1 victory at Taipei Municipal Stadium in Taipei City.

The win, Guam’s first ever in the semifinal round of the EAFF tournament, places Guam on top of the tournament leader board alongside DPR Korea, also enjoying a 2-1 win on opening day.

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