TEL AVIV (Dec. 14, 2010) -- The U.S. U-18 Men's National Team opened a four-team tournament in Tel Aviv with a 3-0 loss to France. The American side will continue its run in Israel on Dec. 16 against the host nation and finish the round-robin event on Dec. 17 against Germany.
France was on the board in the 20th minute after a long cross found Jeremy Obin at the far post. From six yards out, Obin fired a volley into the upper corner, giving U.S. goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton no chance. Ten minutes into the second half, the European side doubled its lead. Lucas Digne carried the ball down his left flank and crossed back in front of the goal. Geoffrey Konodogbia was running toward the net and slotted the ball with his left foot into the lower right corner of the goal.
Alassane Plea rounded out the scoring just minutes before the final whistle. He collected a pass at the top of the box and hit a shot that deflected off the foot of a U.S. midfielder and skipped into the lower part of the goal.
In the other game of the day, Germany topped Israel 7-0.
Match: United States U-18 Men’s National Team vs. France U-18 Men’s National Team
Date: December 14, 2010
Competition: Traditional Winter Tournament
Venue: Nes Ziona Stadium, Nes Ziona, Israel
Kickoff: 5 p.m. IST (10:00am ET)
Weather: 66 degrees, clear skies
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
FRA 1 2 3
FRA – Jeremy Obin 20th minute
FRA – Geoffrey Kondogbia 55
FRA – Alassane Plea 88
USA: 18-Andrew Wolverton; 3-Boyd Okwuonu, 6-Bryan Gallego, 2-Walker Zimmerman, 4-Juan Ocegueda; 9-Khiry Shelton (19-Sean Okoli, 62), 17-Jordan McCrary, 7-Mike Ambrose (11-Will Trapp, 62), 12-Daniel Metzger (20-Jonathan Top, 75), 14-Victor Pineda (16-Connor Hallisey, 66); 10-Luis Rendon (15-Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler, 66)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Kempin, 5-Jonathan Campbell, 8-Villyan Bijev, 13-Marcus Salandy-Defour
Head Coach: Mike Matkovich
FRA: 1-Kevin Crepel; 17-Youssouf Sabaly, 5-Prince Desir Gouano, 13-Jeremy Obin, 4-Samuel Umitit; 9-Arnaud Honore, 8-Geoffrey Kondogbia (6-Hadji Ba El, 66), 3-Alvin Arrondel, 12-Lucas Digne; 10-Anthony Koura (18-Igor Rey, 64), 2-Dimitri Foulquier (14-Alassane Plea, 71)
Subs not used: 7-William Le Pogam, 11-Dylan Deligny, 15-Elliott Sorin, 16-Maxine Dupe
Coach: Pierre Mankowsi
Stats Summary: USA / France
Shots: 3 / 11
Shots on Goal: 1 / 5
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 12
Fouls: 8 / 11
Offside: 1 / 0
Referee: Orel Grinfeld
Assistant Referee 1: Roi Hassan
Assistant Referee 2: Jassan Sultan
Fourth Official: Nati Dotan