Guam – In a partnership with Gemkell Group, the Matao, Guam men’s national soccer team, will be celebrating the conclusion of its Philippines training trip with a community event beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lacoste store in Tumon Sands Plaza.
“We played against three strong teams in the Philippines and they each tested us differently in terms of the game,” said Matao head coach Gary J. White. “The experience gained from this past trip will be a major reason for Guam’s success in the upcoming East Asian Football Championship preliminary round in July at LeoPalace.”
White will be attending the event at Lacoste with members of the team. In addition to personally meeting members of the team who competed among the best in the Philippines, an added incentive for Guam Football Association cardholders will be a 20% discount on purchases at Lacoste during the event.
The Matao will be handing out trading cards at the event while supplies last. Autographed posters and other team items will be available as bonus gifts with purchases at Lacoste.
[The Matao traveling squad poses for a photo at the Guam Football Association national training facility. From left are Dylan Naputi, Mark Chargualaf, Shawn Spindel, Thaddeus Atalig, Reyn Johnson, Ian Adamos, Ryota Nault, Micah Paulino, Anthony Paulino, Jason Cunliffe, Dallas Jaye, Devin Mendiola, Joshua Borja, Ian Mariano, Scott Leon Guerrero, Jonahan Romero, Christian Schweizer, Randy Espinosa and Michael Leon Guerrero. Not pictured are Zachary DeVille, Jordan Gregory, and Marcus Lopez.]
The Matao competed against the Azkals, the Philippines’ men’s national team and two professional club teams, Global FC and Stallion FC Gilligan’s. The Matao scored four goals in three games; three against Global FC and one against Stallion FC Gilligan’s.
Members of the traveling squad were Ian Adamos, Thaddeus Atalig, Joshua Borja Mark Chargualaf, Jason Cunliffe, Zachary DeVille, Randy Espinosa, Jordan Gregory, Dallas Jaye, Reyn Johnson, Michael Leon Guerrero, Scott Leon Guerrero, Marcus Lopez, Ian Mariano, Devin Mendiola, Dylan Naputi, Ryota Nault, Anthony Paulino, Micah Paulino, Jonahan Romero, Christian Schweizer, and Shawn Spindel. Cunliffe has been named captain of the young squad, which has an average age of 21.
Along with White, other members of the staff are Dominic Gadia and Jimmy Okuhama as assistant coaches, Joe Laanan as goalkeeping coach, Robby DeGuzman as equipment manager and Joe Roberto as team manager. Dr. Robert Leon Guerrero is the Matao team physician.
The team will next compete in the East Asian Football Championship preliminary round in July against Macau and the Northern Mariana Islands. Guam finished first in the tournament standings ahead of Mongolia, Macau and the Northern Mariana Islands in the preliminary round of the 2010 tournament.
The second round of competition, to be staged in Hong Kong in December, will include teams like Australia, Chinese Taipei and the winner of the preliminary round, among others.