U16 National Team set to play Japan, Malaysia, Singapore

[September 11, 2017 - Harmon, Guam] Full application of all technical and tactical training thus far will be key for the Guam U16 National Team as the selected traveling squad heads to Indonesia Sept. 16 looking to qualify for a coveted spot in the AFC U16 Championships 2018.

A total of 45 teams have entered the AFC U16 Championships Qualifying Round and have been drawn into 10 different groups. The top finishers in each group, as well as the five best second-place finishers among all groups will cement their spots in the final round of the tournament. Guam has been drawn into Group J and will play Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.

“Our main objective is the same as any other team in the tournament – we are looking to qualify for the AFC U16 Championships,” said Dominic Gadia, the team’s head coach. “My staff and I have been preparing the boys according to the opposition while still maintaining the belief of how we want our teams to look like now and in future national squads. We will still move forward in all aspects of our football development, so the work will not stop after the qualifying and final rounds of this tournament.


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."


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