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U.S. Under-17 MNT Tops China to Take Seventh Place at Mondial Minimes Tournament

MONTAIGU, France (March 24, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team '92s defeated China, 3-1, behind goals from Luis Gil, Rob Derschang and Carlos Martinez to take seventh place a the Mondial Minimes Tournament in France.

It took less than two minutes for the U.S., who scored six goals in four games, to find the back of the net. Derschang slotted a ball into the box for Gil, who's one time shot sailed into the upper corner of the net past Chinese goalkeeper Zhenqiang Zhang.

China finally broke through in the 52nd minute, as Kaimu Zheng headed home a Yi Guo free kick to even the score at a goal apiece.   

Derschang put the USA back on top in the 70th minute, running onto a long ball from defender Alex Shinsky and heading it past Zhang to give the Americans a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Four minutes later, Stefan Jerome set up Martinez, playing a through ball that Martinez ran onto before dribbling past a defender and taking a shot that made the final score 3-1. It was the third goal of the tournament for Martinez, who finished as a runner up for the top scoring honor.

England, who lost to the U.S., topped France in the championship game on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie.

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

Participants: USA U16 MNT vs. China U16 MNT
Competition: Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee 2008
Location: Saint Georges du Montaigu, France
Date: March 24, 2008
Weather: Cloudy, 48 degrees

Scoring Summary:
              1   2   F
USA      1   2   3
CHN      0  1   1

USA - Luis Gil (Rob Derschang)               2nd min
CHN - Kaimu Zheng (Yi Guo)                    52nd min
USA - Rob Derschang (Alex Shinsky)     70th min
USA - Carlos Martinez (Stefan Jerome)  74th min Ball thru Right side, dribble, shot under GK

USA - 1-Earl Edwards; 2-Perry Kitchen [Capt], 3-Tyler Polak, 6-Shaquille Phillips, 16-Alex Shinsky; 5-Bryan Duran, 8-Rob Derschang, 10-Luis Gil (14-Alex Bramall, 77), 11-Carlos Martinez (12-Chase Miller, 77); 9-Stefan Jerome (15-Cristian Alvarez, 75), 13-Joseph-Claude Gyau;

Subs not used: 4-Emilio Orozco, 17-Donovan Henry, 18-Spencer Richey

Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

CHN– 12-Zhenqiang Zhang; 2-Shangkun Liu, 4-Rui Yu, 5-Kaimu Zheng [Capt], 16-Jian Wang (19-Chaofan Sun, 62); 6-Yi Guo, 8-Tong Wang, 11-Dong Sun, 20-Qingfeng Wang; 17-Xiaochen Jiang (10-Chaoran Pan, 75), 18-Yungi Nan;

Subs not used: 1-Weiguo Liu, 7-Xiaojian Zhu, 13-Yupeng Li, 15-Cai Han, 22-Zhiwen Guo

Head Coach: Zhang Ning

Statistical Summary:
        USA / CHN
Shots 14 / 9
Shots on goal 8 / 4
Saves 3 / 5
Fouls 22 / 10
Corner Kicks 5 / 4
Offside 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA  - Joseph-Claude Gyau (caution)  35th min
CHN - Kaimu Zheng (caution)                39th min