AMERICAN SAMOA U-20 WOMEN’S PROFILE: ANGELA SA’O
U-20 WOMEN’S PROFILE: ANGELA SA’O AMERICAN SAMOA
The FFAS presents its second profile of its Women’s U-20
squad preparing for the Oceania Football Confederation U-20 Women’s
Championship 2009 that is to be held in
Angela Sa’o BIOGRAPHY
Full Name: Angela Sa’o
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Height: 5’5” (1.6 meters)
Weight: 167 lbs (75 kg)
Club: Black Roses
Soccer Years: 12
Soccer Idol: Mia
2007 Samoa South Pacific Games’ American Samoa Women’s National Team member
- 2005 ASFA Summer Youth League MVP
- 2006-2007 High School Varsity MVP (Leone HS)
“If we play as one, we can do very well at this tournament,”
declared Angela Sa’o, projected midfield starter for
So said one of the elder stateswomen of the team, or actually, the oldest player on the squad, about her team’s chances and what they need to do in order to perform well in New Zealand come October 5-9, 2009.
She and Fetu Lakisa are the oldest players on the squad with Sa’o older by just three days.
Sa’o has the strongest leg out of all the girls on the squad, is a smart player who has great field vision, allowing her to distribute the ball very well.
“She is a good communicator with all of the players, great
ball controller and her vision allows her to be a great distributor of the
ball,” describes Ruben Luvu, coach of the
“I trust in her to go on the attack because she can come back and defend equally as well.”
A veteran of the Samoa 2007 South Pacific Games’ women’s
national team squad, Sa’o took part in all matches
She grew up in the sport for the last 12 years of her life under the guidance, she explained, of her uncle Sione Ma’ae.
“He took me everyday when I was young to the (Taputimu) field to play soccer and that’s how I started learning the game and loving it,” Sa’o recalled. “I’ve been playing ever since.”
That occurred when she was seven. Now, 12 years later, her experience shines through with the way she plays and the maturity level of her game play is another huge asset.
And she knows a thing or two about winning championships, playing
on championship teams at
She has been at the core of those winning teams, alongside current U-20 squad members Filiga and Meleane Ioapo.
Currently she is attending American Samoa Community College, majoring in Criminal Justice and hopes to one day play professional soccer.
And where do you think she wants to play? Nope, not the
homeland of her idol, Mia Hamm, but the very place where the OFC U-20
competition is to be held, in
“I want to tryout with a pro team there because I have a lot of family members there,” she pointed out.
Just recently she participated and received a certificate
for a FIFA FFAS MA Referee Follow Up Course 2009 held from
At the same time she has been juggling training with the FFAS U-20 squad and her club team, Black Roses, tops in the women’s national competition.
And she is ready to compete at the OFC Women’s U-20 Championship 2009!