Monday, March 26, 2012

Rawlston "Rawley" Masaniai first Samoan Soccer player to play at the International Level.

Rawlston "Rawley" Masaniai (born May 13, 1983) is an American Samoan soccer player who plays as a midfielder. He was one of the first players from American Samoa to play at international level.

Masaniai grew up in Santa Ana, California, and attended Mater Dei High School, before playing college soccer for San Jose State University. He also played club soccer for the San Francisco Glens before joining the San Francisco Seals in the USL Premier Development League in 2006. In three seasons with the club, he made 37 league appearances and scored three goals.[1][2][3] Masaniai had a trial with the San Jose Earthquakes in June 2009,[4] but did not join the team. In July 2009, he joined German 3rd Liga side VfL Osnabrück to play for their reserves squad. He made thirteen appearances in the 2009–10 Niedersachsenliga. Masaniai was released by Osnabrück when his contract expired in June 2011.[5]
International career

Masaniai is a full international player for the American Samoa national football team, and competed for them in the 2007 South Pacific Games.[6]

In 2011, Masaniai was a member of the American Samoan team which won its first ever competitive fixture, a 2-1 victory over Tonga in qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[7]

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