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U.S. Under-17s Fall 3-0 to France in Montaigue Semifinals


MONTAIGUE, France (Saturday, March 30, 2002) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team saw their four-game international winning streak come to an end with a 3-0 loss to France in the semifinals of the 30th edition of the Mondial Minimes Montaigue Vendee in Montaigue, France. The U.S. will now face Peru in the third-place match on Monday, April 1, at 1:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET).

France went ahead early, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes. French midfielder Carlier put the final touch on the scoresheet with a 48th-minute goal, scoring on a rebound after his initial shot was saved by U.S. goalkeeper Phil Marfuggi.

The U.S. advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 win over Portugal on March 26 and a 2-1 win over Tunisia on March 27.  Guillermo Gonzalez and John DiRaimondo scored in each match for the U.S.

Peru lost 2-0 to Argentina in the other semifinal in France today, setting up a final between Argentina and France – the two countries that will enter the World Cup this summer in Korea/Japan as favorites.

France won the 2001 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Trinidad & Tobago, knocking the U.S. out of the tournament along the way with a 5-3 win.
 

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

Participants:  U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs France
Competition:  Mondial Minimes Montaigue Vendee
Location:  Montaigue, France
Date:  March 30, 2002

**40-Minute Halves**
Scoring Summary:
        1st 2nd Final

USA  0    0     0
FRA  2    1     3

FRA - Vincent         11th minute.
FRA - Lacourt         18.
FRA - Carlier           48.

Lineups:
USA:
  1-Phil Marfuggi; 19-Kyle Helton, 13-Eric Vogl, 14-Brandon Owens, 6-Drew Harrison (11-Olatomiwa Ogunsola, 25); 20-Brian Grazier (7-Jose Gomez, 70), 4-Eddie Gaven, 5-Mike Harrington (3-Jonathan Spector, 41); 8-John DiRaimondo (17-Chase Wileman, 61), 2-Guillermo Gonzalez, 9-Corey
Ashe.

FRA: 2-Benhamida, 3-Bellaid (18-Marange 58), 4-Lescure, 5-Barthe, 6-Lacourt, 7-Vincent, 9- Carlier (17-Allart 64), 10-Marveaux (14-Turnau 70), 12-Lavie, 13-Digard (8-Kaboul 28), 16- Dauphy.

Statistical Summary: 
                  USA   /   FRA
Shots 
           4   /   8
Saves            3   /   4
Corner Kicks    2   /   0
Fouls             7   /   14
Offsides         2   /   2

Misconduct Summary:
FRA -
Kaboul (caution)   64th minute.

Referee: n/a

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