Connect with us

GSPN

GUAM READY FOR IRAN TONIGHT

Guam is ready to take on Iran TONIGHT!

[useful_banner_manager_banner_rotation banners=72 interval=5 width=120- height=600 orderby=rand]


PRESS RELEASE – Guam midfielder Brandon McDonald has declared the side is ready to shock the might of Asia and defeat Iran at the intimidating Azadi Stadium on Thursday evening, local time.

Speaking prior to the side’s final pre-match training session the Thailand-based player said it’s the Matao’s composure that can see them earn a valuable result away to the top-seeded Iran.

“For me, it’s the like the movie 300 where the team has to stay disciplined and stay focused and stay together.”

“That’s what they did in the movie, a small unit versus millions and that’s us – when we go onto that stadium it’s 11 players versus 100,000 in the stands and millions more in this country.”

But I honestly believe that if we keep our composure and our discipline and stay the course that we will win.”

“They are in a position where they need points and the longer it goes without a goal the more frustrated they will become and then the supporters can easily turn.”

Guam went through a brief but sharp final session at the famed Azadi stadium where they did a mixture of tactical re-enforcement and some light shooting drills with head coach Gary White relived that matchday is almost upon his squad.

“This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for, for me it’s something I’ve wanted all my life, to test yourself against the best in front of a hostile environment.” Speaking at the official pre-match press conference captain Jason Cunliffe echoed those thoughts. “Our preparation has been very thorough and we know it will be a tough game with an amazing atmosphere but we’re not afraid and want to show how much Guamanian football has progressed since we were last here.”

Local media has been abuzz with memories of that match, which Guam lost 19-0, with expectations that large numbers of the crowd will hold up signs and banners with that scoreline on them as another reminder but defender AJ DeLaGarza said the locals may be in for a shock this evening in Iran.

“This team has come such a long way in the two years that I’ve been involved. Each camp we get better players, better facilities and better staff so we are really excited about testing ourselves against the best in Asia and continuing to show off football on our island.”

Following the fixture against I.R. Iran, the Matao will make its 30-hour flight trek back to Guam to play against Oman in another FIFA World Cup Qualifier match, scheduled for 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Tickets for the Sept. 8 match against Oman are on sale at the GFA Main Office. The office is open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. On match day, tickets will be sold at the gate beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information, call the GFA Main Office at 637-4321.

Guam Matao's John Matkin (left), Jason Cunliffe, and Mason Grimes take part in a training session at Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran before the team's 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Qualification Round 2 fixture against the host country.  (courtesy photo)

Guam Matao’s John Matkin (left), Jason Cunliffe, and Mason Grimes take part in a training session at Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran before the team’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Joint Qualification Round 2 fixture against the host country. (courtesy photo)

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

December

January 2021

February
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
Events for January

1st

No Events
Events for January

2nd

No Events
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Events for January

3rd

No Events
Events for January

4th

No Events
Events for January

5th

No Events
Events for January

6th

No Events
Events for January

7th

No Events
Events for January

8th

No Events
Events for January

9th

No Events
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Events for January

10th

No Events
Events for January

11th

No Events
Events for January

12th

No Events
Events for January

13th

No Events
Events for January

14th

No Events
Events for January

15th

No Events
Events for January

16th

No Events
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Events for January

17th

No Events
Events for January

18th

No Events
Events for January

19th

No Events
Events for January

20th

No Events
Events for January

21st

No Events
Events for January

22nd

No Events
Events for January

23rd

No Events
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Events for January

24th

No Events
Events for January

25th

No Events
Events for January

26th

No Events
Events for January

27th

No Events
Events for January

28th

No Events
Events for January

29th

No Events
Events for January

30th

No Events
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
Events for January

31st

No Events

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

NFL Fan Edition: Sherwin Paet

Polls

Who had the most impressive first win in the UFC?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Frank ‘The Crank’ Camacho was a competitive youth golfer in Saipan with dreams of making it to the PGA.

COMING SOON …

ALL SPORTING EVENTS HALTED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

QUICK HITS

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu gains another CHamoru black belt.
Johnny-James Lujan earned the honor in Colorado from Professor Tom Lynn, who is also a former US Olympian in taekwondo.
Lujan is the son of Johnny Lujan formerly of Mongmong and Janille Jamero Lujan formerly of Sinajana.

More in GSPN