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Youth National Team

The Guam U13 Boys National Soccer Team just returned from a week long tournament in Beijing, China.  Their performances in the 2007 AFC U-13 Football Festival have been recognized as job well done as well as work that will need to be done for the next year’s competition.

The 22 boys were selected through an open tryout that was conducted in January 2006 by Head Coach Sang Hoon Kim and Asst. Coach Lawrence Batangan.  They have been training since to prepare for this event.  There has been a transformation of their skills, tactics and teamwork over the last three and one half months.

The U13 National Team faced 7 other countries and played a total of 9 games and a Skill Competition.  The other countries that participated in this year’s event are: Korea Republic, China, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Korea DPR, Macau, and Mongolia.

Upon their arrival, it was quite an experience for them just how cold it can be in the morning.  Seeing their breath in the air when they take their morning stretch and walks was fun and for some a new experience.

They resided in a dormitory at the National Training Center which was elite set up out in the country.

During the first two days, the games consisted series of 30 minute games.  Third day consisted of the Skills Competition in which they had to challenge themselves as individuals on chipping, shooting, passing, dribbling and juggling contest.  The last two days comprised of one game of 30 minute halves.  Here are the results of the games:

Saturday, April 14th
9:30am      Korea DPR (6) vs Guam (0)
Guam had the honors to open up the festival by playing the opening match.  All eyes were on Guam and DPR Korea while they played in the main field where no other games were played on that field for the rest of the tournament.
10:45am    Japan (9) vs Guam (0)
3:30pm      Macau (0) vs Guam (4)
Scorers for this game were: TJ Atalig, Anthony Paulino with two goals (with both assists going to Scott Spindel), Patrick Sotto (scored off a free kick about 30 yards out).

Sunday, April 15
9:40am      Korea Republic (6) vs Guam (0)
11:00am    Guam (0) vs Chinese Taipei (1)
Guam came close to a tie of 0 -0 as the goal for Taipei came in the end of 2nd half with a shot that the bottom of the top crossbar and bounced in.  Guam team did a good job performing this game.

3:30 - Guam vs Mongolia (0-0)
Mongolia’s goalkeeper did an defensive job keeping all the shots out of the net as Guam dominated the attacking half during the entire game.  Guam really wanted this win but was unable to penetrate through the goalkeeper.
4:30 - China vs Guam (4-0)

Monday, April 16th:
9:15 - Skill Test Competition

Note: Games are now one hour long.
Tuesday, April 17th:
9:00am      China (4) vs Guam (0)
Guam did well in the first half holding China down to only one goal that only happened right before the end of the first half.  In the second half, China was able pull off 3 more goals despite a strong defensive front from the Guam team.

Wednesday, April 18th
10:00 - Guam (0) vs Japan (12)
In this rematch game, the Guam team gave their best against one of the strongest teams in the festival.  But Japan’s offensive attack was constant and relentless which resulted in a dominant finish.  Our boys were really outmatched in this game.  Japan is a very strong team and had only lost to North Korea.

The Guam U13 boys’ team now knows what areas of the game they need to improve on.  When the team played with confidence and heart, that’s where they performed at their best.

Please congratulate these boys for their dedication, sacrifices and hard work leading up to the event, during the event as well as representing Guam to the best of their ability. 

The next event will be next year, same venue and date for the AFC U14 Football Festival.  The current team will continue to train; however, the roster will remain open for other potential new players to join force.

Welcome back and job well done!

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