American Samoa's dream team

American Samoa players celebrate after a historic a 2-1 win over Tonga in Oceania World Cup qualifying in November. [Brian Vitolio/AP Photo/Football Association American Samoa]

Earlier this year, in one of those back-room FIFA meetings you usually don't hear too many details about, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati sat down with officials from the Oceania Football Confederation.

His goal was to help; the USSF typically offers a range of support, from clinics to technical expertise, to federations of developing nations. But there was one thing the federation of American Samoa -- a remote South Pacific island chain with fewer than 60,000 inhabitants -- needed more urgently than anything else: a head coach.

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