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Guam to play China, Syria in October World Cup qualifiers

[October 9, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] A total of 22 players will represent Guam when the Matao, Guam men’s national football team, takes on China, PR and Syria – Group A leaders – in this week’s Round 2 matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qualifier of the Asian zone.

Guam will first face China, PR on Thursday at the Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre Stadium beginning at 8 p.m. China, PR time (10 p.m. Guam time) and next, will fly to Dubai to play against Syria at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium on Oct. 15. The Guam-Syria fixture will kick off 6 p.m. UAE time (12 midnight, Guam time, Oct. 16).

“The Matao is continuing its mantra of continual improvement and looking to put in a performance better than the last game against the Philippines,” said Karl Dodd, Guam National Head Coach.

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Update made to Guam's World Cup qualifiers schedule

[September 25, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] Guam Football Association Executives agreed to switch home and away match dates against Syria in the continuation of Round 2 of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification based on a recent recommendation by FIFA.

The Matao, Guam men’s national football team, was scheduled to play Syria at the GFA National Training Center on Oct. 15, but will now instead play the match in the United Arab Emirates, as Syria’s home match. Syria will play in Guam Jun. 4, 2020 based on the tournament’s fixture format.

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Matao to next face China, Syria in World Cup qualifiers

[September 12, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] With the odds stacked against Guam, the Matao, Guam’s national football team, remained faithful to its attack-minded playing style against the Philippines Azkals in a Round 2 fixture of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification.

The Azkals, ranked No. 126 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, utilized its star-studded roster of professional players primarily from the Toyota Thai League 1, one of Asia’s top leagues, and various European professional leagues, in the team’s 4-1 win at the Guam Football Association National Training Center Tuesday.

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Matao to open WCQ Round 2 vs Maldives, Philippines

[July 27, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] The Matao, Guam men’s national football team, will open its bid in Round 2 of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification with a pair of home matches against the Maldives and the Azkals from the Philippines on Sept. 5 and Sept. 10, respectively, at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Following the official Round 2 draw held earlier this month, Guam’s team will be preparing to play a total of eight matches – four home matches and four away matches – in a span of nine months.

Guam was drawn first in the pool of 40 countries and will face China PR and Syria, in addition to the Maldives and the Philippines, in a home-and-away format. China PR is the top-ranked country in the group, currently No. 71 in the Jul. 25 release of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

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Guam stamps authority vs Bhutan to advance in qualifiers

[June 12, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] Guam's home fans were treated to a spectacular display of high-level football in a 5-0 win by the Matao against Bhutan Tuesday afternoon in the second-leg fixture of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Needing to win by two goals to advance, the Matao ransacked Bhutan for five to stamp its authority on the pitch and proving the 1-0 loss in Bhutan a total aberration. Captain Jason Cunliffe scored the eventual series winner in the 26th minute and tacked on a pair of goals in the second half to lead Guam with a hat trick.

"Playing at home is something we always enjoy as the stadium is a fortress for us. We are very difficult to beat at home and we were determined to deliver what the fans wanted," Cunliffe said in the post-match press conference. "Bhutan did well in the first leg as they pressed us - we ran away a little bit from our principles, but in the return leg, we played the way we were expected to.

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