3 Jul 2012

Sport: American Samoa seek improvement after debut letdown

10:42 am on 3 July 2012

American Samoa are seeking redemption after freezing on the main stage at the Under 19 American Football World Championship.

The territory were outclassed 27-6 by hosts the United States in their opening game in Texas, with head coach Pooch Haase lamenting their inability to capitalise on chances.

"You know we expected ourselves to become victorious - unfortunately that did not happen. Just big mistakes that we've taken which we cannot afford against a great team like that - they don't need help - so we have just got to move on to our next match-up with Panama."

Pooch Haase says the team is now targeting a fifth place finish.