Guam national football team

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Guam
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Matao[1]
Association Guam Football Association
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Gary White
Top scorer Jason Cunlife (13)
Home stadium Guam National Football Stadium
FIFA code GUM
FIFA ranking 178 Decrease 7
Highest FIFA ranking 161 (December 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 205 (November 2004 - February 2005)
Elo ranking 213
Highest Elo ranking 213 (6 March 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 227 (Early 2007)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Fiji 11–0 Guam Guam
(Guam; August 24, 1975)
Biggest win
 Guam 16–1 Pohnpei 
(Koror, Palau; July, 1998; Not full FIFA international)
 Guam 3–0 Macau 
(Yona, Guam; 22 July 2012)
 Guam 3–0 Macau 
(Manila, Philippines; 29 September 2012)
 Guam 3–0 Chinese Taipei 
(Yangon, Myanmar; 6 March 2013)
Biggest defeat
 North Korea 21–0 Guam Guam
(Taipei, Republic of China; March 11, 2005)

The Guam national football team is the national association football team for the United States territory of Guam and is controlled by the Guam Football Association. They are affiliated to the Asian Football Confederation's East Asian Football Federation region.

The team was founded in 1975 and joined FIFA in 1996. It is the 6th strongest National team in the East Asia Football Federation which also consists of Japan, South & North Korea and China, its highest FIFA ranking was 171st in October 2013.[2] Since February 2012 they have been managed by Englishman Gary White.

Guam has competed in World Cup qualification on one occasion. It was eliminated in the first round of Asian qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup after losing against Iran and Tajikistan. Recently they have found success by winning the EAFF preliminary competition and qualifying for the semi final round in 2012.

Victories over FIFA opposition[edit]

Guam registered its first victory over a member of FIFA on 11 March 2009, 35 years after making its debut. They beat Mongolia, by 1-0 in the 2010 East Asian Cup Preliminary Competition,[3] at home in Yona. Christopher Mendiola scored the only goal after 9 minutes.

The second victory was a 2-0 against American Samoa on 1 September 2011, in Group A at the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia. Dylan Naputi and Elias Merfalen scored in the second half.

Guam has beaten its nearest neighbour, the Northern Mariana Islands on four occasions from 2007 to 2009. Although a member of the East Asia Football Federation since 2006, the islands are not FIFA members.

Recently they have recorded further victories over Chinese Taiwan and Macau in FIFA, AFC & EAFF International competition and were narrowly beaten 2-1 in Hong Kong against the host country in December 2012.

History[edit]

1975 South Pacific Games[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Fiji 3 2 1 1 0 12 1 +11
 Solomon Islands 3 2 1 1 0 6 2 +4
 Guam 0 2 0 0 2 1 16 -15

Guam first competed in football at the 1975 South Pacific Games which it hosted in August of that year. They lost their first ever game 11-0 to Fiji and then lost 5-1 to the Solomon Islands to finish bottom of Group 2. Fiji and the Solomons lost their semi-finals and Fiji's conqueror Tahiti beat New Caledonia 2-1 after extra-time in the final.

1979 South Pacific Games[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 New Caledonia 4 2 2 0 0 13 1 +12
 New Hebrides 2 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2
 Guam 0 2 0 0 2 1 15 -14

Guam competed in football at the 1979 South Pacific Games in Fiji and was placed in Group 4 alongside New Caledonia and the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu). During the tournament, held in September 1979, Guam lost 10-1 to New Caledonia and 5-0 to the New Hebrides as both of the other teams advanced.

1991 South Pacific Games[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Fiji 6 3 3 0 0 20 1 +19
 New Caledonia 4 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6
 Tahiti 2 3 1 0 2 15 5 +10
 Guam 0 3 0 0 3 2 37 -35

The 1991 South Pacific Games saw Guam's first matches since the 1979 tournament, twelve years previous. In Papua New Guinea, Guam were in Group 2 and lost their opener 15-1 to Tahiti on 9 September 1991. On 12 September they lost 14-1 to Fiji before losing 8-0 on 15 September to New Caledonia.[4] Guam's first Asian Cup 1996, HoChiMin City, Vietnam. Ryan Stepp 15 years of age youngest player to scores in Asian Cup. Guam 2 : 9 Chinese Taipei Jimmy Okuhama Ryan Stepp Guam 0 : 9 Vietnam Guam 0 : 9 South Korea

2002 World Cup Qualification[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 2 2 0 0 21 0 +21 6
 Tajikistan 2 1 0 1 16 2 +14 3
 Guam 2 0 0 2 0 35 −35 0

Guam entered World Cup qualification for the first time for the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea. They were put in Group B of the first qualifying round, against Iran (qualifiers in 1998) and Tajikistan. Each team played each other once in the Takhti Stadium in the city of Tabriz, Iran

Guam's first ever World Cup qualifier was against Iran, on 24 November 2000. Guam lost 19-0 in front of a crowd of 30,000. Iranian player Karim Bagheri scored six times, and his team mate Ali Karimi four. Farhad Majidi and Ali Daei also scored hat-tricks, with one of Daei's from the penalty spot. Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh scored a further two for Iran with Alireza Nikbakht getting the other.

Two days later Guam lost 16-0 to Tajikistan, for whom nine different players scored. Rustam Khojaev and Sukhrob Khamidov each scored four for Tajikistan. Two days later Iran beat Tajikistan 2-0 to win the group and advance, but did not make the finals.

2006 AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Palestine 3 2 1 0 16 1 +15 7
 Bangladesh 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
 Cambodia 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
 Guam 3 0 0 3 0 17 −17 0

The first-ever 2006 AFC Challenge Cup was held in Bangladesh in April 2006. As a competition for Asia's weakest teams, there was no qualification scheme. Guam were put in Group C alongside the hosts, Palestine and Cambodia.

Guam played their first game at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, on 1 April, in front of 3,000 people and were defeated 11-0 by Palestine, for whom Fahed Attal scored six times. Bangladesh then defeated Guam 3-0 on 3 April, with two late goals from Mohammed Abul. The match was watched by 18,000. Three days later 550 people watched Cambodia defeat Guam 3-0 at the Bangladesh Army Stadium.

Tournament record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Asian Cup[edit]

East Asian Football Championship[edit]

  • 2003Did not qualify to Round 2 (5th place in qualifiers)
  • 2005Did not qualify to Round 2 (5th place in qualifiers)
  • 2008Did not qualify to Round 2 (6th place in qualifiers)
  • 2010Qualified to Round 2 (Preliminary Competition winners)
  • 2013Qualified to Round 2 (Preliminary Competition winners)

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

  • 2006 – Round 1
  • 2008 – Did not qualify, 4th in qualifying group
  • 2010 – Did not enter
  • 2012 – Did not enter
  • 2014 – Did not qualify

South Pacific Games[edit]

Micronesia Games[edit]

  • 1998Champions
  • 2001Did not enter

Philippine Peace Cup[edit]

  • 2012 - Third Place

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up to the squad for the friendly match against Cambodia national football team. [5]
Caps and goals updated as of 1 December 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Doug Herrick (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 25) 12 0 United States Charlotte Eagles
1GK Dallas Jaye (1993-06-19) 19 June 1993 (age 21) 4 0 United States Tucson
1GK Bijan Gloston (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 United States Marshall Thundering Herd
2DF Jonahan Romero (1988-03-17) 17 March 1988 (age 26) 15 0 Philippines Loyola Meralco Sparks
2DF Christian Schweizer (1995-01-06) 6 January 1995 (age 19) 16 0 Guam Table 35 Espada
2DF Micah Paulino (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 21) 21 0 United States Niagara Purple Eagles
2DF Scott Leon Guerrero (1990-08-22) 22 August 1990 (age 23) 23 0 Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown
2DF Travis Nicklaw (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 (age 20) 8 0 United States San Diego State Aztecs
2DF A. J. DeLaGarza (1987-11-04) 4 November 1987 (age 26) 2 0 United States LA Galaxy
2DF Erik Ustruck (1985-12-04) 4 December 1985 (age 28) 2 0 United States Orlando City
3MF Mark Chargualaf (1991-01-03) 3 January 1991 (age 23) 23 0 Guam Table 35 Espada
3MF Dominic Gadia (1986-01-18) 18 January 1986 (age 28) 29 0 Guam Table 35 Espada
3MF Shawn Nicklaw (1989-04-15) 15 April 1989 (age 25) 9 0 Iceland Þór Akureyri
3MF Ian Adamos (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 26) 14 0 United States SoCal Elite
3MF Ryan Guy (1985-09-05) 5 September 1985 (age 28) 11 1 United States San Diego Flash
3MF Ian Mariano (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 23) 27 2 Philippines Pachanga Diliman
3MF Thaddeus Atalig (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 (age 19) 7 0 United States Bowling Green Falcons
3MF Dylan Naputi (1995-01-04) 4 January 1995 (age 19) 17 3 Guam Quality Distributors
3MF Josh Borja (1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 23) 15 5 United States SoCal Elite
4FW Jason Cunliffe (captain) (1983-10-23) 23 October 1983 (age 30) 26 11 Philippines Pachanga Diliman
4FW Marcus Lopez (1992-02-09) 9 February 1992 (age 22) 11 2 Philippines Pachanga Diliman
4FW John Matkin (1986-04-20) 20 April 1986 (age 28) 5 0 India United Sikkim
4FW Zachary DeVille (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 21) 10 2 United States San Diego Flash

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Nauta Jr. (2012-06-01). "Guam men’s national soccer team now known as ‘Matao’". Marianas Variety (Guam). Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  2. ^ http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=gum/ranking/gender=m/index.html
  3. ^ Steve Menary (11 September 2009). "Guam on the rise". World Soccer Magazie. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  4. ^ http://rsssf.com/tablesg/guam-intres.html
  5. ^ "national-football-teams.com". national-football-teams.com. national-football-teams.com. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 

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