Sunday, March 25, 2007
CNMI Men's National Football Team Enters the World Stage!
The CNMI Men's National Football Team won the admiration and respect of their nation and of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) this afternoon by playing competitively against Guam in the CNMI's first ever international match. Although Guam prevailed 3-2, the CNMI kept the match close, tying twice at 1-1 and then 2-2. Most remarkable is that the CNMI National Team has existed for only about six weeks, and the average age of the team is around 35, with the oldest player at 46. The oldest player on the Guam team is 25.
This was the first match in the East Asia Football Championships 2008. The team travels to Guam next week for the second qualifying match.
Congratulations to the CNMI Men's National Football Team, and to Coach Jeff "Ziggy" Korytoski! A national soccer team is born through Coach Ziggy's "Circle of Death". FIFA here we come.
(I took this photo from The Saipan Blogger . Visit his site to get a more personal view of the game. He's a starting member of the team.).