Guam bring in reinforcements

Of the seven that were drafted into the national team, three players – Min Sung Choi, Marlon Evans and Jan-Willem Staman – received their maiden international call-ups. 

"I definitely feel honored to have been selected as part of the Matao's traveling team for the upcoming friendly matches," Choi, who has represented Guam at the Under-16 and Under-19 level, said in a press release. "I know so many players want to be on this team, so by being selected, it makes me want to work even harder to stay in.

"For me, it took a lot of sacrifice for sure — it hasn't been a year since I moved back to Guam after living in Seattle for four years; but to play at this level, you have to be fully committed to put in the work. If you're not doing the work, then someone else will and take your spot."

All of the 20 players in the squad were chosen based on their performances in the Budweiser Soccer League and national team training. 

However, head coach Gary White has made it clear that the squad could change for the upcoming World Cup

"By no means is this team the final group of players who will represent Guam at the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June," he said. "Particularly for the new players called up to the team this month, this series of friendly matches will give them the opportunity to impress me and the coaching staff before the final selection for the World Cup qualifier squad is made.

"Not only will there be pressure on the team to win for Guam, but there will be pressure on each individual player to exceed expectations in order to receive a rare call-up to Guam's World Cup qualifier squad. To play at the highest level, we must select only the best players eligible to play for Guam."

Guam will play Hong Kong on March 28 and Singapore on March 31. 

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