[November 7, 2019 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] A shift in mindset toward proper elite football player development and increased, collaborative support through Guam’s developmental phase are key ingredients to future success against higher-ranked opponents with longer histories in the game.
Japan, one of Asia’s football powerhouses expected to qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup for a third-straight time and continental champions in 2016, outclassed Guam 10-0 in an opening day match of the AFC U19 Championship Qualifier’s Group J in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Wednesday afternoon.
“The biggest difference was the gulf in standards between the two teams,” said Karl Dodd, Guam U19 National Head Coach. “From a technical, intensity, and mental point of view, (Japan) were so much more superior over the course of 90 minutes. There were moments where we were able to match them, but nowhere as consistently enough for us to seriously challenge for a win. Japan has been operating far longer than Guam and is one of the leaders in Asia – if not the world – in their player development programs.”.....
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