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.


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.


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.


Guam's Micah Paulino will bring NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament experience to the Matao

When Micah Paulino re-joins the Matao, Guam men’s national football team, in Hong Kong for the semifinal round of the East Asian Cup, he will bring with him valuable championship-caliber collegiate soccer experience.


Shawn Nicklaw, professional soccer player in Denmark, joins Matao

The success of the Matao, Guam men’s national football team, has attracted another professional player with Guam roots for the upcoming semifinal round of the East Asian Cup, an East Asian Football Federation tournament to be staged in Hong Kong next month.

Shawn Nicklaw, an alumnus of collegiate men’s soccer powerhouse University of Connecticut, currently plays for HB Koge, a professional football club in Denmark, in the Danish 1st Division. Nicklaw will fly directly to Hong Kong from Copenhagen later this month to first attend a training camp with the team prior to the tournament.


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