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U14 GIRLS HEADED TO HONG KONG

Nineteen of some of Guam’s best female youth football players have been selected to the 2014 Guam U14 Girls National team slated to compete in this week’s Woofoo Girls International Youth Football Invitational Tournament in Hong Kong.

PRESS RELEASE – Nineteen of some of Guam’s best female youth football players have been selected to the 2014 Guam U14 Girls National team slated to compete in this week’s Woofoo Girls International Youth Football Invitational Tournament in Hong Kong.

The Guam delegation, which also includes four coaches and a team manager, departs Guam to Hong Kong Wednesday evening.

AFC Sang Hoon Kim

AFC Sang Hoon Kim

“I want the players to gain good international playing experience before moving on to the AFC U14 Girls Regional Championship with even stronger opponents,” said Sang Hoon Kim, head coach of the Mini Masakåda, Guam U14 Girls National team. “For some players, this will be their first competition abroad and I want them to gain the confidence to continue playing at the international level.

“The tournament also will serve as a way to evaluate the current players through their performances on the field. I want to see how they adapt during games and how they will use Guam’s playing style in a tournament setting. For the upcoming AFC tournament, it’s very important that coaches only select the best players who are able to perform at the international level. We may not select every player from this particular team to also play in the AFC tournament,” Kim added.

The members of Guam’s squad include goalkeepers Britney Bailey and Isis McNeil. Other players are Isabella Bass, Hannah Cruz, Caylani Estoy, Samantha Fegurgur, Jenna Han, Yae Kawauchi, Sabrina Kenney, Brianne Leon Guerrero, Tiffani Lopez, Aurianna Roben Morellano, Emma Naval, Richelle Ragadio, Shyann Roberto, Isabella Rodriguez, Chloe Salas, Mia San Nicolas and Emma Sheedy. Assisting Kim are coaches Samuel San Gil, Kimberly Sherman, and Shana Spindel. The team recently partook in a sendoff dinner at the Guam Football Association National Training Center attended by members of the Matao, who provided inspirational stories of their experiences with the young players.

“We’ve got a good mix of experienced players and some new players looking to continue holding their spot on the team,” said Gary White, GFA technical director. “I expect only positive performances from the girls in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong tournament will be a great tune-up to the larger AFC U14 Girls Regional Championship, where the team will face East Asian powerhouses Japan, China, P.R., and DPR Korea. At that stage, we will see how we compare to countries’ girls teams that eventually develop to move on to compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

In Hong Kong, Guam’s team will face U14 Girls National teams from Hong Kong and the Northern Mariana Islands. A fourth team, a club team from China, P.R., also will compete. In the AFC tournament scheduled to kick off next month, Guam has been placed in Pool A with Japan, China P.R., and DPR Korea.

Of the current squad members, Estoy and Kawauchi are some of the most experienced, with selection to Guam’s 2012 and 2013 squads, as well as having received a call-up to Guam’s U16 Women’s National team, the Junior Masakåda, in the AFC U16 Women’s Championship Qualifier in 2012 and the tournament’s championship round in 2013. Leon Guerrero, Lopez, and Kenney have also represented Guam in previous years. Six of the team members play for the ASC Trust Islanders and four play for the Guam Shipyard Wolverines. Three are from Community First Dededo Soccer Club and two from Quality Distributors. The Southern Cobras, the Strykers, the Wings, and the Sidekick SC each have one player on the Mini Masakåda roster.

U14 Roster & Coaches

Britney Bailey

Britney Bailey

Isabella Bass

Isabella Bass

Emma Sheedy

Emma Sheedy

Mia San Nicolas

Mia San Nicolas

Chloe Salas

Chloe Salas

Isabella Rodriguez

Isabella Rodriguez

Shyann Roberto

Shyann Roberto

Richelle Ragadio

Richelle Ragadio

Emma Naval

Emma Naval

Aurelia Morellano

Aurelia Morellano

Isis McNeil

Isis McNeil

Tiffani Lopez

Tiffani Lopez

Brianna Leon Guerrero

Brianna Leon Guerrero

Sabrina Kenney

Sabrina Kenney

Yae Kawauchi

Yae Kawauchi

Jenna Han

Jenna Han

Samantha Fergurgur

Samantha Fergurgur

Caylani Estoy

Caylani Estoy

Hannah Cruz

Hannah Cruz

Coach Shana Spindel

Coach Shana Spindel

Manager April Lopez

Manager April Lopez

Coach Kim Sherman

Coach Kim Sherman

Coach Sam San Gil

Coach Sam San Gil

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