GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

U15 Boys National Team return with wealth of experience

[July 29, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] The Guam U15 National Team returns to Guam with a wealth of experience playing against their peers in the East Asia region following the conclusion of the EAFF U15 Boys Tournament in China, PR.

The team played five matches in six days, including matches against East Asian powerhouse teams like Korea Republic and DPR Korea in the final days of the tournament.

“It was a very good learning experience by playing against one of the best teams in Asia,” said teammates Martin Iseke and Nathan Toves via E-mail after the team’s match against Korea Republic. “You must play quicker and have better technique at the international level because you always have pressure on you from your opponent. We need to play like this speed back home in Guam.”

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U15 national squad learn from experience at EAFF tourney

[July 26, 2018 - Beijing, China PR] After heavy rain halted Tuesday’s Day 2 fixtures of the EAFF U15 Boys Tournament in Beijing, China PR, play resumed Wednesday with Guam playing the most tightly contested match of the day, a 4-2 loss to Mongolia.

“The Guam vs Mongolia match was a good test of switching the ball and tight passing – we held Mongolia attacks causing them to get frustrated … eventually we got a nice through ball and a good finish (to take the lead),” said Guam’s Robert Haddock via E-mail. “(In the second half), they ended up scoring a goal on a lucky cross. After that goal, we switched and played sloppy … allowing them to come back and make the score 4-2. This was a good learning experience for us to never quit and never, ever switch off during a match.”

Mongolia’s Namsraidorj Badamnorov scored the eventual game winner for his team just two minutes before the final whistle, and teammate Dorjpurev Ankhbayar managed to sneak in one last goal in stoppage time. Mongolia’s other goals were scored by Bat-Erdene Batbold and Saruulbuyan Enkhtur.

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National football program develops skills, character

[July 22, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] A clear, elite pathway within the Guam national football program and a consistent structure through all levels continue to attract young players and their parents to the sport.

After months of transporting their sons to national team training at the Guam Football Association National Training Center, parents – proud supporters of the Guam U15 national football team, as well as the national program – sent off the traveling team to China early Friday morning to compete in the EAFF U15 Boys Tournament 2018 at the National Training Center in the country’s capital.

“When you see that your child is really passionate about something, in this case, soccer, you also have to be passionate about supporting them because it will encourage them to do even more,” said Miriam Capistrano, whose son Morgan McKenna traveled with the U15 team to China Friday morning. “This is a godsend – this is how I see Guam Football Association and the national program for my son.

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U15 National Team ready for EAFF youth tourney in China

[July 17, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Final preparations are underway for Guam’s U15 National Team headed to China, PR later this week for the EAFF U15 Boys Tournament at the National Training Center in the country’s capital.

A total of 20 players and five staff will depart early Saturday morning for the tournament, set to kick off July 23.

“The players, the parents, and the staff have all been dedicating a lot of hard hours to prepare for this tournament since we began training – the team is confident and ready,” said Dominic Gadia, Head Coach of the Guam U15 National Team. “This tournament is an opportunity for our young players to showcase a new type of Guam football; we are not going into this tournament solely focused on results, but rather prioritizing the performance of each individual player and how they are progressing through our long-term development plan. We have players in both the 2003 and 2004 age group and this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the hard work they have put into demonstrating our new national team football philosophy.

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