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Youth soccer teams heading to Hong Kong

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - Team Guam's Under 15 and Under 18 National Soccer Teams will be heading to Hong Kong tomorrow to compete in the 2011 International Youth Invitational Tournament. The guys have been training hard to put on a good showing for the island. Team Guam will go up against Chinese Taipei, Singapore and Hong Kong in friendly matches over the weekend.

"One main strength is speed and passing," said Cedric Sevilla, Under-15 team captain. "Our main players consist of Donovan and Edwin and one thing we can improve on is our tactics and just passing a lot more and controlling the ball, it's just about the first and last 10 minutes of the first and second half. Those are the very important parts of the game and it's just our fighting spirit that we'll bring to Hong Kong."

The trip will help prepare both teams for the upcoming AFC Qualifier set for November. This will also help the players get more experience against international competition and help build unity amongst the players.

Under-18 team captain Shawn Spindel added, "Offensively our short passing is really good, if we work on short passes during the game we can score goals. But when we start to do more of our long ball we start to get a little sloppy, it's more of our short passing, that's when we play like we should. Right now I think it's more of our attacking wise when we cross the ball in, we have Mike Leon Guerrero and Trevor who always fight for the ball and they always try to get a head on it no matter what and then our center and mid, Christian Schweizer, he's really good with his touch he knows how to look up and he knows where to pass the ball.

"Speed-wise we have Dylan Naputi who is probably the fastest player in soccer for his age and he is always going to fight for the ball and our team is good with fighting for the ball."

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