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U.S. Under-17 MNT Drops Opening Match of Mondial Minimes Tournament to Germany

MONTAIGU, France (March 19, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-17 Men's National team '92s, playing in their first international tournament overseas, dropped a close contest to Germany, 2-1, in the first game of the Mondial Minimes Tournament in Montaigu, France.

Carlos Martinez scored a penalty kick goal  to level the score in the 52nd minute, but Christopher-Massamba Mandiangu scored what would prove to be the game-winner 10 minutes later, firing a low shot past U.S. goalkeeper Earl Edwards.

Next up for the U.S. is a battle with Japan on Thursday, March 20.

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

Participants: USA  vs. Germany
Competition: Mondial Minimes Montaigu Vendee 2008
Location: Le Stade du Montaigu FC; Montaigu, France
Date: March 19, 2008
Weather: Cloudy, 45 degrees

Scoring Summary:
             1   2   F
USA     0   1   1
GER     0   2   2

GER - Tim Scheffler (Alfonso Marte)                     49th min
USA  -  Carlos Martinez (unassisted)                   52.
GER -  Christopher-Massamba Mandiangu       62.


USA - 1-Earl Edwards; 2-Perry Kitchen [Capt], 3-Tyler Polak, 4-Emilio Orozco, 6-Shaquille Phillips; 5-Bryan Duran, 10-Luis Gil (8-Rob Derschang, 72), 11-Carlos Martinez, 17-Donovan Henry (13-Joseph-Claude Gyau, 38); 7-Jack McInerney, 9-Stefan Jerome

Subs not used: 12-Chase Miller, 14-Alex Bramall, 15-Cristian Alvarez, 16-Alex Shinsky, 18-Spencer Richey

Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera

GER– 1-Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; 2-Matthias Zimmermann, 3-Khaled Mesfin-Mulugeta, 5-Shkodran Mustafi, 14-Jens Gottschick; 6-Sascha Schuenemann, 7-Alexander Merkel (16-Christian Silaj, 72), 8-Reinhold Yabo, 10-Abu-Bakkar Kargbo (15-Manuel Hegen, 64); 9-Alfonso Marte (18-Christopher-Massamba Mandiangu, 54), 11-Tim Scheffler (17-Pascal Breier, 67);

Subs not used: 4-Tommy Grupe, 12-Henning Borel, 13-Bienvenue Basala-Mazana;

Head Coach: Marco Pezzaiuoli

Statistical Summary: 
        USA / GER
Shots 5 / 9
Shots on goal 5 / 3
Saves 1 / 5
Fouls 13 / 7
Corner Kicks 4 / 8
Offside 2 / 5

Misconduct Summary: