Guam manager Karl Dodd has a pool of 50 players in mind for World Cup qualifying


It isn't long now until Guam embark on the second round qualifying group stage for the World Cup. Drawn into a group with fellow islanders, and the giant; China. Guam will be tapping into that warrior spirit to ensure they battle against the odds ferociously

Guam boss looking at 50 players

Guam manager Karl Dodd has 50 players in mind for his World Cup squads, and he has stated to the media that, “The objectives are to ensure that at the end of Round 2, we have no regrets, that we have given everything toward our preparation and we are truly focused on giving our best performance playing our game, our way, in every match. Our preparation on the island is going to be very specific in how we are going to play with plenty of opportunities to build the connections within the playing style.”

Guam have been drawn into a group with China, Maldives, Syria and the Philippines. That means there will be two island derbies in the group, with Guam, the Maldives and the Philippines all being island nations. Guam kicks off their campaign with the first of these island derbies against the Maldives on September 5th. Tickets will be priced between $5 - $25.

Match fitness and physical fitness important for Dodd

Karl Dodd stated in the media that match fitness and physical fitness will be an important aspect, as he hints he will be looking at players who he thinks are able to cope with the higher demands that will be needed in the second stage of World Cup qualifying.

Players should be looking to improve on their performance levels, in particular match fitness and their physical fitness levels, to be able to handle the match demands for Round 2,” Dodd said. “It is really important that we are in peak condition to give ourselves every chance to progress to the next round.

Guam lost the first leg in their first-round match in Bhutan but easily managed to turn it around on home soil winning the second leg 5-0 and qualifying 5-1 on aggregate. They look much fitter than Bhutan in that second leg, and they will be pushing to be fitter than their opponents in the second round group stage, as Dodd has stated it is a key focus in his thinking.

Bhutan struggled with the heat in that match, and Guam will be hoping home advantage can work in their favour again, but unlike Bhutan; their opponents in the second round will mostly be unperturbed about the heat, and this will cause Guam more problems compared to the obstacles Bhutan threw in their way. Guam needs a home advantage to count, in order to have a successful second-round campaign.

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