Stakes high on day two of soccer qualifying

In a photo provided by Football Federation American Samoa, American Samoa players gather after a 2-1 win over Tonga in Oceania World Cup soccer qualifying, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in Apia, Samoa. Led by former U.S. Under-20 coach Thomas Rongen, American Samoa won its first international match after 30 consecutive defeats over 17 years. (AP Photo/FAAS, Brian Vito)

American Samoa will be hoping for double celebrations with a win on Thanksgiving Day to follow up their historic victory against Tonga on day one. In just three weeks, Thomas Rongen has done an outstanding job to make them look a different team from the one competing at the Pacific Games in September when they lost five games without scoring a single goal.

Rawlston Masania’i led the team defensively on Tuesday with Nicky Salapu also looking confident in goal.

Showing physicality up front was Ramin Ott and Shalom Luani, who has also made a name for himself in Pago Pago as a talented American football player.

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