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
1st 2nd Final
USA 0 0 0
FRA 2 1 3
FRA - Vincent 11th minute.
FRA - Lacourt 18.
FRA - Carlier 48.
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
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.
USA / FRA
Shots 4 / 8
Saves 3 / 4
Corner Kicks 2 / 0
Fouls 7 / 14
Offsides 2 / 2
FRA - Kaboul (caution) 64th minute.