Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Next Goal Wins to kick off Tribeca series
March 13th, 2014 5:28PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[SOCCER FILMS] Next Goal Wins, the documentary on the American Samoa national team, will kick off the Tribeca Drive-In series at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 19.

The film, directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, follows American Samoa -- FIFA’s lowest ranked team for 17 years -- as longtime U.S. U-20 national team and MLS coach Thomas Rongen takes over for 2014 World Cup qualifying.

The team, which had not won a single competitive game and scored only twice in nearly two decades, played what Rongen termed "by far the lowest standard of soccer I’ve ever seen.”
 
Rongen brings back Nicky Salapu, who once gave up a world record 31 goals in a match against Australia, Ramin Ott, an American serviceman stationed 6,000 miles away to rejoin, Jaiyah Saelua, a member of Samoa’s third gender (the fa’fafine), who identifies as a woman and becomes the first transgender player ever to compete at an international level.

American Samoa is eliminated in the first round of Oceania qualifying but not before it beat Tonga 2-1 and tied Cook Islands 1-1, ending a 12-game losing streak in qualifying.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Concacaf Women's Championship Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Tuesday] Just like in 2010, the USA will face Mexico in the semifinals at the ...
Pep Guardiola: 'It's not normal to win, 7-1'    
[UCL: Week 3] It was Germany-Brazil all over again. Bayern Munich with five German World Cup ...
MLS set to break season attendance record    
MLS set to break season attendance record [CROWD COUNT] Major League Soccer is set to break ...
What They're Saying: Oli Makin    
"I can't thank [the] police enough. It has saved the club a fortune and the players ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
[COLLEGE RANKINGS] UCLA, Florida State and Stanford remained 1-2-3 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25    
[COLLEGE RANKINGS] Creighton moved ahead of Washington into the No. 1 spot in the Soccer America ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 32] A classic encounter left the LA Galaxy, No. 1 in the Soccer America ...
Guardiola is happy to be back in Rome    
[UCL: Three Games to Watch] Two matches involving former champions, plus Pep Guardiola's return to Roma ...
Klingenberg golazo highlights another easy U.S. win    
[CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP] The USA cruised into the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship with its ...
Concacaf Women's Championship Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] Trinidad & Tobago beat Guatemala, 2-1, on late goals by Kennya Cordner of the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives