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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Guam Men's National Soccer Team News

June 16, 2015 - Brandon McDonald & Travis Nicklaw score in win over India
"It was anything but sunshine and roses for India in their second World Cup qualifier Group D encounter against Guam, in the tiny island nation’s Pacific home, as the Blue Tigers were snared by the Matao, by a scoreline of 2-1. Brandon McDonald headed the hosts into the lead in thefirst half, as a 36th minute throw-in saw the burly medio head it in at the far corner. The Blues then doubled their lead in the second half as comical defending allowed Travis Nicklaw to get a shot away, past a hapless Subrata Paul, in the 62nd minute. Chhetri scored a consolation goal at the end of added time, in what was probably the last kick of the match but it was too little too late." - Goal

June 11, 2015 - first qualifier win
"The Matao, Guam's men's national soccer team, won the island's first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifier, beating a tough team from Turkmenistan 1-0 at the Guam Football Association's facilities in Harmon. Guam is ranked 174 in the world, with Turkmenistan ranked 173. Guam's sole came early in the game, by way of an own-goal on a throw-in by a Turkmenistan player that found the back of the net." - KUAM

March 31, 2015 - Shawn Nicklaw & Jason Cunliffe score in draw with Singapore
"Powerhouses Singapore were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Guam in an international friendly at the Jalan Besar Stadium.... Then the home crowd were silenced eight minutes later with Shawn Nicklaw scoring the first goal for Guam. Malcolm went on another one of his mazy runs and got the better of Safuwan before drilling a low cross across the box to leave Nicklaw with the simple task of tapping the ball into the net.... The home team looked the hungrier and in the 53rd minute, a well-worked move saw right-back Ismadi Mukhtar put in a perfect cross for an unmarked Faris to head past Guam's substitute keeper Bijan Gloston. With the game tied one apiece, both teams had a couple of goalscoring opportunities. But it was Guam who stunned the Lions yet again in the 72nd minute when a quick throw-in found captain Cunliffe who unleashed an unstoppable lob that sailed past Izwan for a 2-1 lead.... Singapore scored their second from the subsequent corner when Shahril swung in a delightful delivery that was flicked into the back of the net by a lurking Baihakki." - ESPN

November 14, 2014 - Jason Cunliffe & Shane Malcolm score in win over Taiwan
"Taiwan’s men’s national soccer team last night suffered a 2-1 defeat against Guam in their opening match of the East Asian Cup second qualifying round in soggy conditions at the Taipei Municipal Stadium.... Taiwan — ranked 188th in the FIFA world rankings — started badly, conceding a penalty in the 13th minute, which Guam — ranked 162nd — converted through captain Jason Cunliffe.... A lapse in concentration from Taiwan’s defense then saw pacey Guam winger Shane Malcolm race clear and calmly lift the ball over goalkeeper Lu Kun-chi from just inside the area in the 40th minute, to make it 2-0 at halftime. In the 56th minute, the hosts pulled a goal back when striker Chen Hao-wei outpaced the Guam defense and slid the ball under the goalkeeper." - Taipei Times 

November 11, 2014 - A.J. DeLaGarza called up
"There will be no rest between playoff series for Galaxy player A.J. DeLaGarza.... DeLaGarza will join Guam for a pair of EAFF East Asian Cup semifinals, Sunday against North Korea and Nov. 19 against Hong Kong. Both games will be played in Taiwan. DeLaGarza, 27, the Galaxy's defender of the year for 2014, recently signed a multiyear contract extension with the team." - LA Times

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