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Para i onra, para i gloria - Masakåda Installment 2

Para i onra, para i gloria is a recurring feature on GuamFA.com, with profiles of selected players from Guam's national teams.

In the second installment for the Masakåda, featured players are Simie Willter, Dani Zavala, and Haley Flores. The players are part of the Masakåda, the team that were recently crowned as champions of the EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament in Guam.

The Masakåda played against Macau and the Northern Mariana Islands, racking up 18 goals in two matches. Guam will now move on to the tournament's semifinal round in Chinese Taipei in November to face Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and China, P.R., former finalists of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

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Para i onra, para i gloria - Matao Installment 2

Para i onra, para i gloria is a recurring feature on GuamFA.com, with profiles of selected players from Guam's national teams.

In the second installment for the Matao, featured players are Micah Paulino, Dallas Jaye, and Ian Mariano. The players are part of the Matao, a team that most recently won the EAFF East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament in Guam, for the third straight time.

The Matao played against Macau, Mongolia, and the Northern Mariana Islands in the Round 1 tournament.

Guam will now move on to the tournament's semifinal round in Chinese Taipei in November to face Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and DPR Korea.

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Matao three-peats as EAFF Round 1 champions

Guam, three-time EAFF East Asian Cup Round 1 champion, now has the tournament’s semifinal round in sight – set for Nov. 10-18 in Chinese Taipei where the team will play Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and a strong team from DPR Korea, former FIFA World Cup competitors and East Asian Cup champions.

The Matao secured its Round 1 champion slot in the semifinal round, finishing undefeated in three matches following its 5-0 shutout of the Northern Mariana Islands Friday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in pouring rain.

“Advancing three straight times to the semifinal round of this tournament shows that there’s sustainability in our program – that there’s depth,” said Gary White, head coach of the Matao. “We come into these tournaments expecting to win rather than just playing in them. Now, we’re going up to the next level to play against other internationally recognized teams like DPR Korea and show our quality against them.

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Matao move into first in EAFF tourney with 2-0 win over Mongolia

The Matao, Guam men’s national team is in prime position to take EAFF East Asian Cup Round 1 championship, following its 2-0 shutout of Mongolia at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

“I had every confidence in the team going into the match against Mongolia because I know the quality we’ve got and it all came together tonight,” said Matao head coach Gary White after the match. “Though I am very happy with the win, I’m not surprised.”

Ryan Guy led the way for the Matao with a shot following a corner kick play in the 16th minute and later, a header for goal off of a Shane Malcolm cross in the 75th minute. Following his first goal, Guy made a display of his acrobatics, taking a few flips before celebrating with his teammates who rushed to him in excitement.

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Masakada win EAFF tourney championship

The Masakåda, Guam women’s national football team, capped its superior performance in the EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament with an 11-0 demolition of Macau, witnessed by a full house of supporters at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

With the team’s two straight wins, Guam moves on to the semifinal round of the tournament in Chinese Taipei in November. In the semifinal round, Guam will play Hong Kong, China, P.R., and the tournament’s host country.

“This round was a good experience for us – helping us build team chemistry and get everyone on the same page in a real international tournament setting,” said Masakåda captain Simie Willter after the match. “Coach (Sang Hoon) Kim really emphasized that this round is more preparatory and that the next round – the semifinal round in Chinese Taipei – is where we really need to shine. We need to get Hong Kong back and perform at our best against Chinese Taipei and China – that is the round of matches we’re all focused on now.

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Matao dominate Macau in scoreless EAFF tourney opener

The Guam Matao dominated possession against Macau for over 90 minutes in the home team’s opening contest of the EAFF East Asian Cup Round 1, but as luck would have it, the opposition held on just long enough to evade a loss in front of a large crowd of spectators at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

“I’m very disappointed with the result because it was a game we should have won – we controlled the match from the beginning,” said Gary White, head coach of the Matao after the team’s scoreless draw with Macau. “I’m happy, though, with their performance – the players really did everything we’ve asked them to do at training, the only thing missing is the end product. I give credit to Macau also, as they came into this match more organized than before – just a few years ago, they would have eventually broken down defensively, but they managed to do everything they could to not concede any goals.

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Masakada overwhelm NMI 7-0 in EAFF tourney opener

The Masakåda, Guam women’s national football team, opened the EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament with a dominating 7-0 performance over the Northern Mariana Islands in front of close to 1,000 spectators at the Guam Football Association National Training Center Sunday.

“It’s never easy to score goals, but we did the job,” said Sang Hoon Kim, head coach of the Masakåda, after the match. “The team from NMI seemed to play more defensively from the beginning and looked mostly for counterattack opportunities. With our opponents playing more of a defensive game, it was hard to get passes around their back line. We needed to try different combination plays and some worked.

“From early practice sessions, I’ve always stressed to the players that what I need from them is to play as a team and they did that in this match. It was a good result,” added Kim.

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Para i onra, para i gloria - Masakåda Installment 1

Para i onra, para i gloria is a recurring feature on GuamFA.com, with profiles of selected players from Guam's national teams.

In the first installment for the Masakåda, featured players are Maria Amezola, Anjelica Perez, and Lauren Valla. The players are training for the upcoming EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament in Guam, beginning July 20 when the Masakåda faces the Northern Mariana Islands in the tournament opener at 5:30 p.m. at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

The Masakåda next play Macau July 22 at 5:30 p.m. The winner of Round 1 will move on to the tournament's semifinal round in Chinese Taipei in November.

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Para i onra, para i gloria - Matao Installment 1

Para i onra, para i gloria is a recurring feature on GuamFA.com, with profiles of selected players from Guam's national teams.

In the first installment for the Matao, featured players are Dominic Gadia, Bijan Gloston, and Christian Schweizer. The players are training for the upcoming EAFF East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament in Guam, beginning July 21 when the Matao faces Macau in the tournament opener at 5:30 p.m. at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

The Matao next play Mongolia July 23 at 5:30 p.m. The Matao's final match of the tournament will kick off at 5:30 p.m. July 25 against the Northern Mariana Islands.

The winner of Round 1 will move on to the tournament's semifinal round in Chinese Taipei in November.

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Matao to play in exhibition match with Bud All Stars

The local community will be afforded a rare glimpse of the Matao, men’s national team, near its training peak in an exhibition match against the Budweiser Soccer League All-Stars Friday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Captain Jason Cunliffe will lead a relatively young squad, with a handful under 20 years old, in the team’s final public training match before its closed training camp next week at LeoPalace Resort Guam. Official kick off time for Friday’s exhibition match at GFA is 7 p.m.

“This is a huge opportunity for the community to watch a high-caliber match, with the Matao team members near the culmination of months of training for the upcoming EAFF East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament here in Guam later this month,” said Gary White, head coach of the Matao.

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Strykers nab 2014 beach soccer championship title

The Paintco Strykers pose with the Land Shark Beach Soccer League championship trophy after defeating 2013 champions Quality Distributors 7-6 in the final Sunday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center beach soccer court.

In the photo are, kneeling from left to right, Dave Bush, Ross Awa, and Francis Chargualaf. Standing, from left to right, are Gen Fudo, Ryota Nault, Yaw Antwi-Agyei, Shawn Spindel (holding the league's Golden Boot trophy), William Kerr, and Hiro Asoshina.

Gen Fudo and Shawn Spindel each scored a hat trick in the win. Hiro Asoshina scored the Strykers' other goal. James Bush led Quality with two goals and teammates Takefumi Inoue, Scott Spindel, and Shane Casey, Jr. also scored. Quality's other goal came on a Strykers own goal. In the consolation match, the Crushers FC Orange claimed third place in the league with a victory via forfeit over the Crushers FC White.

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Beach Soccer playoff rankings set

Defending champion and No. 1 Quality Distributors will face off against No. 4 Crushers FC White in the first playoff match of the Land Shark Beach Soccer League, followed by No. 2 Paintco Strykers and No. 3 Crushers FC Orange, Sunday, at the Guam Football Association National Training Center beach soccer court.

The Crushers FC White managed to nab the fourth and final spot in the playoffs, starting off with a 16-12 victory over last season’s runner up Doosan FC. Despite an 11-8 loss to Crushers FC Orange later in the day, the Crushers FC White sent off Doosan by maintaining a greater goal differential than the 2013 finalists through to the final whistle of the regular season.

The Crushers FC White’s Ajay Pothen led the team with 10 goals in two matches, followed by Alfred Agahan and Joshua Pangelinan each netting five goals for the day. Against Doosan, the Crushers FC White’s Julio Gonzales scored twice and teammate Sisank Kotwal once. Camden Aguon scored the Crushers FC White’s other goal against Crushers FC Orange.

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Women's News

Lady Rovers win women's futsal title

The Lady Rovers pose with the 2014 Bud Light Women's Futsal League championship trophy after edging Hyundai 7-6 in the final at the Guam Sports Complex gym.

Front row, from left to right are Pauline Toves, Blanda Camacho, Martina Duenas, Cara Walsh, Rhoda Bamba, Kyung Shipman, and Jenn Farley. Standing from left to right are Niki Perkins, Christine Simard, Gajee Turner, Maggie Phillips, Camarin Perez, and Cheri Stewart.

Rhoda Bamba, also the league's Golden Boot winner, led the champions with four goals in the final and teammates Martina Duenas and Kyung Shipman contributed one each. The Lady Rovers other goal came on a Hyundai own goal. Shana Spindel led Hyundai with four goals. Tiana Piper and Erica Quichocho also scored in the silver finish.

In the day's earlier match for bronze, Quality Distributors defeated the Paintco Lady Strykers 5-2, with all five goals from Paige Surber. Koharu Minato and Ramona Nelson scored for the Lady Strykers.

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Men's News

Strykers nab 2014 beach soccer championship title

The Paintco Strykers pose with the Land Shark Beach Soccer League championship trophy after defeating 2013 champions Quality Distributors 7-6 in the final Sunday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center beach soccer court.

In the photo are, kneeling from left to right, Dave Bush, Ross Awa, and Francis Chargualaf. Standing, from left to right, are Gen Fudo, Ryota Nault, Yaw Antwi-Agyei, Shawn Spindel (holding the league's Golden Boot trophy), William Kerr, and Hiro Asoshina.

Gen Fudo and Shawn Spindel each scored a hat trick in the win. Hiro Asoshina scored the Strykers' other goal. James Bush led Quality with two goals and teammates Takefumi Inoue, Scott Spindel, and Shane Casey, Jr. also scored. Quality's other goal came on a Strykers own goal. In the consolation match, the Crushers FC Orange claimed third place in the league with a victory via forfeit over the Crushers FC White.

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Youth News

 Wings Red capture U12 3v3 tourney title

The success of the recently concluded Guam Football Association 3v3 Grassroots Tournament 2 has sparked an interest in organizing more similar tournaments in Guam and in island neighbors, the Northern Mariana Islands.

“These types of small-sided tournaments in the CNMI are reserved mostly for adults or teenagers, but this tournament was a great experience for our young players,” said Patty Coleman, visiting Paire Football Club coach from the NMI. “I think we should do a similar tournament for the youth in the CNMI. I’m thankful for GFA, Coach Randy (Vavra), Cheri (Stewart) and Robby (De Guzman) for informing us about the tournament and helping us register to play. It was a good event for all teams.”

Paire FC entered a pair of teams in the U10 division of the grassroots tournament, made up of over 20 teams of youth players from the recently concluded Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League. In addition to the U10 division, the tournament, supported by the Japan Football Association, also featured U8 and U12 divisions, with over 300 total players in close to 60 teams.

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Social Responsibility News

Mini futsal tournament held for at-risk visiting students

Thirteen-year-old GianCarlo Abril thoroughly enjoyed a rare opportunity to play in a mini-futsal tournament with visiting students from Japan at the University of Guam Fieldhouse and hopes to participate in future exchanges.

“It was a great event to interact with people from different cultures who play the same sport,” said Abril, an incoming freshman at Father Duenas Memorial School. “We don’t have many opportunities to play futsal, so this was a great experience for me, and for others on the team. I’d love to participate in future events like this one.”

Abril was one of a handful of Guam’s U14 and U16 national team training squad members who competed against visiting students from Japan’s Wasegaku High School system during their annual excursion to Guam.

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