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As USA Fans Celebrate Their World Cup Win, Micronesia Licks Wounds After 38-0 Loss

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On the same day as Carli Lloyd’s hat trick helped the U.S. women’s soccer team to a record third World Cup title, the tiny Pacific nation of Micronesia was setting records of a very different kind.

After the team lost 30-0 to Tahiti in a qualifying game for the Rio Olympics, the archipelago state got bested 38-0 in the Pacific Games against Fiji on Sunday, the BBC reports.

The previous record loss was held by American Samoa for a 31-0 drubbing by Australia during a World Cup qualifier in 2001.

Micronesia might still avoid the official record books, though, as the national team is not affiliated with scandal-plagued world governing body FIFA, and the under-23 squad is competing in the Pacific Games as matches double as Olympic qualifying games.

Micronesia, which boasts a population of just 100,000, now has a chance to redeem itself in the upcoming game against Vanuatu, a team that drew in their last game with Fiji.


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