July 7, 2015 — Morale was low among Stan Foster’s players prior to his team’s under-23 match against Vanuatu at the Pacific Games. Now morale is even lower, thanks to Micronesia’s 46-0 loss.
“It was boys against men,” said Foster after the match, before nothing that his boys are pioneers. “We’re here for development purposes mainly and I’m just trying to keep the guys upbeat,” he concluded.
Vanuatu is anything but a soccer power; its national team is ranked #200 in the world (tied with Tonga), and ahead of just eight other teams. Yet Vanuatu’s Jean Kaltack had a career day—an entire career, really—scoring 16 goals.
In its prior matches at the Pacific Games, Micronesia lost to Fiji 38-0 and Tahiti, 30-0.
The Federated States of Micronesia are made up of four states spread over the western Pacific Ocean. Together they have a population of just over 100,000 people.