The First-Ever Transgendered Player In The World Cup Led American Samoa To Its First International Soccer Win

American Samoa


History was made on the soccer pitch Tuesday. In more ways than one.

Johnny “Jayieh” Saelua became the first transgendered competitor to play in a World Cup match as the defender led American Samoa to its first-ever international win.

Not only that, but according to a journalist in attendance, Saelua was the “woman of the match.”

The team’s 2-1 victory over Tonga in a 2014 World Cup qualifier was the team’s first international victory after 30 consecutive losses.

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