GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Guam settles for 1-1 draw with Chinese Taipei

An organized performance by the Matao kept Chinese Taipei frantic for over 90 minutes as the latter needed stoppage time to pull together a 1-1 draw against Guam in a match of the East Asian Cup Round 2 tournament at Hong Kong Stadium.

The draw with Chinese Taipei is the first in Guam’s football history, as the men’s national team had suffered defeat in seven previous occasions since 1996, according to the FIFA.com Web site. The largest score margin happened in 2007, when Chinese Taipei battered Guam for 10 goals. Guam has since been closing the gap against its higher-ranked opponent.

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Matao falls to DPR Korea

When the final whistle blew, fans were lined up near the Guam players bench eagerly awaiting to take photos with members of the Matao and for autographs in the East Asian Cup Round 2 souvenir booklets.

To the legion of Hong Kong-based football fans, the tiny island was commended on their heroics against DPR Korea – a team that played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa – even with the final score standing at 5-0 in favor of the North Koreans on day two of the EAFF tournament.

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Hong Kong barely survives 2-1 contest against Guam

The Matao, Guam men’s national football team, forced Hong Kong into survival mode in the opening match of the East Asian Cup Round 2 tournament, keeping the host nation desperately holding on to its 2-1 lead through to the final whistle at Mong Kok Stadium Saturday.

“The message that was said today was that you cannot take anybody at the international level – if (they’re) structured and organized – easy; there are no easy games if the teams are ready,” said Matao head coach Gary White at the post-match press conference. “What our boys did today was earn the respect of the fans as you could see after the game, and hopefully of the other teams we now face.

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New additions to Matao integrating seamlessly during training camp in Hong Kong

The new additions to the Matao, Guam men’s national football team, integrated seamlessly to the core group during the team’s first training sessions in Hong Kong in preparation for the semifinal round of the East Asian Cup.

“Integrating into the team has been good – I feel very welcome here with the team,” said 18-year-old Travis Nicklaw, who along with his older brother, professional soccer player Shawn, trained for the first time with the Matao at the Shek Kip Mei Park turf pitch in Hong Kong Tuesday. “I’m expecting that during matches, the pace of the game and the physicality will be different compared to college soccer.

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Dallas Jaye hopes NCAA Div. I success translates into continued success for Matao

Goalkeeper Dallas Jaye hopes that his recent success in NCAA Division I men’s soccer will translate into continued success for the Matao, when he rejoins the Guam men’s national soccer team for the semifinal round of the East Asian Cup in Hong Kong.

I am very excited to meet my Matao teammates in Hong Kong next week,” Jaye said via E-mail from Florida. “I have not seen them since July and I am anxious to meet some of the new additions to the team as well. Gaffer (Head coach Gary White) has done an unbelievable job getting the best players to help our island rise in the soccer ranks.

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