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It took almost twenty years of faithful practice and perseverance, but the soccer team from American Samoa finally won their first game. The team from the US protectorate managed a 2-1 victory over Tonga over losing 30 straight games over the last two decades. The team has suffered some big defeats in the past. In 2001, they lost 31-0 to Australia, which was the worst defeat for any team in international history. Though this was one win, reports said the players and coach of the team celebrated as if they had a championship game.

American Samoa’s team is still at the bottom of the world governing body’s international rankings in soccer, but their coach feels they have made history. Coach Thomas Rongen said they would be “part of soccer history.” He added,” Maybe we have a chance to do something special here beyond this one game, but let’s enjoy this one right now.”

--American Samoa football team celebrates ever win, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15867180 ; November 24,2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Galatians 6:9 (HCSB) “So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.”

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