Guam- For 29-year-old Denson Fairfield, Guam soccer is an inspiration to his homeland.
“This place is awesome,” he said in reference to the Guam Football Association facilities in Harmon. “I wish we had something like this in Pohnpei.”
Fairfield is part of the Pohnpei State men’s soccer team that is in Guam for a series of friendly matches. So far, the team lost 3-2 to Rovers FC on Saturday before defeating Crushers FC 7-1 yesterday.
“We are just trying to adapt. We watched ourselves on tape and learned from our mistakes,” Fairfield said of the big win.
There are two fixtures left for the team – the first coming Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. against Carpet Masters before a big showdown on Wednesday against the Under-18 men’s national team, slated for 4:30 p.m.
“We know it’s going to be a tough match,” Fairfield said of the finale.
Head coach Matthew Conrad took the time to thank the many people who have helped his team so far.
“I just wanted to mention Jim Tobin and Walden Weilbacher. They’ve really helped us get here and taken care of,” Conrad said. Tobin is the secretary general for the FSM National Olympic Committee and Weilbacher is the secretariat of the Association of Island Legislatures (APIL).
The team also wanted to thank the local Micronesian community for all their hard work in assisting with the team’s daily needs.
“They’re really a lot of help,” Fairfield said. “They cook us lunch and dinner.”
Also, after the big match against the Guam Men’s/U-18 National team on Wednesday, there is to be a special presentation of soccer equipment (cleats, shin guards, etc) donated by GFA and the Guam soccer community to the Pohnpei team to bring back to their island. This is a great photo opportunity that may not happen again for a while so don’t miss it!
Information from a press release.