Guam U16 Boys travel to compete in AFC tourney in Vietnam
[September 15, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] The Guam U16 Boys national football team will be traveling to Vietnam to compete in the AFC U16 Championship Qualifiers at the Vietnam Youth Football Training Center in Hanoi under head coach Sang Hoon Kim.
Guam was drawn into Group J, which also includes the host country, Myanmar and Australia. Guam will open tournament play with a match against Australia on Sept. 16, followed by a match against the host country on Sept. 18. The team will play its final match of the qualifier against Myanmar on Sept. 20 before returning to Guam. Sixteen of Asia's top teams will be featured in the tournament's final round in India next year.
Benito scores for Guam in U16 tournament opener
Guam's Michael "Jake" Benito equalized the match against Brunei-Darussalam in the 27th minute, but the team dropped its opening match at the AFC U16 Championship Group H qualifier in Vientiane, Laos.
Ten minutes after Benito's goal, Brunei-Darussalam's Muhamad Syahmi bin Rashid scored his first goal of the tournament and later his second for the halftime whistle as Guam's opponents jumped to a 3-1 lead. Team Guam settled down in the second half frustrating its opponent, but the Brunei-Darussalam forward later completed his hat trick, scoring the lone goal in the second half.
Guam U16 men's national team ready for AFC Qualifier in Laos
Guam's U16 men's national team will test their mettle against their regional peers in the AFC U16 Championship Group H Qualifier beginning Saturday afternoon in Vientiane, Laos.
The team leaves Wednesday in preparation for the tournament set to begin Sept. 21 and conclude Sept. 29. Guam's opponents in Group H are the host country, Korea Republic, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.
"We want to finish (at least) second in the group," head coach Dominic Gadia said. "The team has improved greatly in the last three months – a complete night and day difference. These kids are playing the same way the Matao do, at a much earlier age."