LA Galaxy’s AJ DeLaGarza ready to lead Guam in World Cup qualifier

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 25: A.J. DeLaGarza #20 of the Los Angeles Galaxy eyes the play against the Philadelphia Union in the second half of the MLS match at StubHub Center on May 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

is delighted at the prospect of representing in the joint qualifiers of and 2019 Asian Cup.

The Matao are scheduled to host Turkmenistan at Hagatna National Stadium in their opening fixture on June 11, before facing India at the same venue five days later.

The 27-year-old was not in the perfect condition to leave LA Galaxy for the international games due to injury concern, but insisted that he is always determined to don Guam national team kit.

“The timing is not perfect and the situation here is not perfect because we have a lot of injured guys but I felt that this week has been the best I’ve felt all year,” the American-born told Galaxy’s official site.

“But the reason why I committed to Guam was for these games, and if I’m healthy I want to be there. Again, I also want to be here playing and helping this team, but there’s no perfect time for that.”

DeLaGarza has appeared in four international games since made his debut for Guam in a friendly match against Laos in November 2013.