San Diego, California - San Diego State men’s soccer redshirt sophomore Travis Nicklaw (San Diego, California) will help lead the Guam National soccer team into the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament, beginning July 20 in Guam against Macao. It will follow by taking on Mongolia on July 22 and the Northern Mariana Islands on July 24.
Nicklaw, who’s mother is Guamanian, previously was called up for the fourth time in his career for Guam’s international friendlies against Aruba on March 27 and 30. The 20-year-old midfielder played all 90 minutes in each match alongside his older brother, Shawn, who is also on the roster. Guam played Aruba to a tie, 2-2, in the first meeting, before suffering a defeat in the second friendly, 2-0.
Guam is currently ranked No. 178 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings and 38th out of 46 teams in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Its previous world ranking of No. 160 earlier this year was a record high for the program.
The Guam National Team, also known throughout the country as Matao, hosted an exhibition match against the Budweiser Soccer League All-Stars at the Guam Football Association National Training Center on Friday. It was the team’s final training match as Guam begins its closed training camp this week.
Nicklaw redshirted as a sophomore in 2013, but appeared in 17 matches with 10 starts as a freshman in 2012. The University City High graduate was ranked 26th on the TopDrawerSoccer.com midseason top-100 freshman list, and played at least 90 minutes in six separate games as an Aztec in 2012.