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U.S. Under-17 '88 MNT Fall to England 3-1 in Montaigu Tournament in France

The U.S. Under-17 ’88 Men’s National Team fell to England 3-1 in a cold, wet match this afternoon at the Montaigu Tournament in Montaigu, France. The U.S. will play its final Group A match against Ivory Coast on Saturday, April 10.  

The loss puts the U.S. in last place of their group with one point.

The U.S. jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the second half on a goal by forward Preston Zimmerman, his first goal since being called into Residency just a few weeks ago. The play started with midfiedler Ryan Soroka who put Michael Balogun into space on the right flank. Balogun collected the ball and sprinted down the sideline before serving in a cross to the far post that Zimmerman was able to head home for the lead in the 47th minute.

The U.S. didn’t keep the lead long as England scored three minutes later to knot the game at 1-1. Balogun went down in the U.S. defensive third after getting cleated on a tough challenge, but England did not kick it out and continued to play. About 45 second later, an English midfielder played a ball down the right flank, where Balogun was still down, finding Myles Weston, who dribbled in on goal and finished past ‘keeper Bryant Rueckner.

After England’s equalizer, the U.S. was never able to recover. In the 65th minute, England took the lead when second-half substitute Jamie Mullan got loose on the left sideline and served in a pin-point cross to Joseph Garner at the back post for a header past the outstretched Rueckner.

Two minutes later, England put it away with another tally, this time coming out of a free kick. The ball was pushed to the top of the box where a nice give-and-go with Lewis McGugan sent Darryl Knights through on goal and he finished to the lower left post.


- U.S. Under-17 '88 Men's National Team Game Report -

Participants:     U.S. Under-17 ‘88s Men’s National Team vs. England
Competition:     Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee Tournament
Location:    Montaigu, France
Date:    April 8, 2004
Weather:    Cold and rainy, 50 degrees
                                                                                    ** 80-minute match
Scoring Summary:    1st    2nd    Final 
ENG                                 0       3         3
USA                                 0       1         1

USA - Preston Zimmerman (Michael Balogun)                       47th minute
ENG - Myles Weston                                                                  50th
ENG - Joseph Garner (Jamie Mullan)                                      65th
ENG - Darryl Knights (Lewis Mcgugan)                                   67th 
USA: 28-Bryant Rueckner; 21-Richard Edgar, 26-Eric Lichaj, 23-Michael Balogun (13-Blake Wagner, 41), 29-Ofori Sarkodie; 31-Carlos Borja, 35-Gabriel Farfan (34-Michael Farfan, 41), 37-Jonathan Villanueva (32-Tony Ampaipitakwong, 41), 27-Ryan Soroka; 30-Michael Stephens (29-Preston Zimmerman, 50), 6-Quavas Kirk.
Subs not used: 40-Evan Newton, 24-Jeremy Hall, 22-Kevin Alston. 

ENG: 1-Patrick Gamble; 2-Chris Riley, 3-Lee Molyneux (12-Daniel McDonald, 66), 5-Scott Bridges, 6-Scott Phelan; 8-Theo Walcott (7-Jamie Mullan, 60), 9-Joseph Garner (c) (10-Hogan Ephraim, 69), 14-Joseph Martin, 15-Myles Weston (11-Darryl Knights, 60); 17-James Tomkins, 18-Lewis McGugan.

Statistical Summary:            ENG     USA
Shots                                           9          5   
Saves                                          2         5
Corner Kick                                4         5
Fouls                                           9        14   
Offside                                        5          3

Misconduct Summary:
Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee Tournament Standings
Group A
Team    W    L    T    PTS    GF    GA    GD 
ITA         1    0     1      4         3       1       +2
ENG      1    1     0      3         3       2        +1
CIV        1    1     0      3         1       2        -2
USA      0    1     1      1         2       4        -2  

Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee Tournament Results/Schedule
April 7
Group A
USA 1, Italy 1   (Click here for the game report)
Ivory Coast 1, England 0

Group B
France 0, Japan 0
Germany 4, Cameroon 0

April 8
Group A
USA 1, England 3     
Ivory Coast 0,  Italy 2

Group B
April 8
France 1, Germany 2
Japan  Cameroon

April 10
Group A
USA vs. Ivory Coast
England vs. Italy

Group B
Cameroon vs. France
Japan vs. Germany