MURCIA, Spain. (March 21, 2018) – Playing up against a mix of 1997 and 1998 birth year players from France’s Under-21 National Team, the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team fought hard but came up short in their efforts in the first of a two-game series against Les Bleus. Tab Ramos’ side returns to the Podoactiva Pinatar Arena Football Center in two days for another opportunity to gain valuable international experience against the older French side.
France would find their first goal in the 36th minute when midfielder Jean Victor Makengo’s attempt clanged off the crossbar. Forward Jordan Tell reached well and noded the ball over the line from close range to give France a 1-0 halftime lead.
Les Bleus found their second goal of the day six minutes after the break. Striding up the left flank, defender Romain Perraud cut back into the box where before centering for Tell, who once again finished his chance to secure a brace.
The U-20 MNT will face off against Les Bleus on Friday, March 23, before traveling to Madrid to face Atletico Madrid’s U-21 side.
- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. France U-21 Men’s National Team
Date: March 21, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Podoactiva Pinatar Arena Football Center; Murcia, Spain
Kickoff: 11 a.m. ET
Weather: 55 degrees; partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
FRA 1 1 2
USA 0 0 0
FRA – Jordan Tell 36th minute
FRA – Jordan Tell (Romain Perraud) 51
USA: 1-Brady Scott; 14-Manny Perez, 5-Mark McKenzie, 4-Angel Uribe, 3-Matt Real; 6-Chris Goslin (23-Richie Ledezma, 46), 20-Juan Torres (15-Alex Mendez, 82), 10-Andrew Carleton (9-Frankie Amaya, 65); 7-Nebiyou Perry (17-Zyen Jones, 65), 13-Justin Rennicks (11-Ulysses Llanez, 46), 19-Josh Sargent (capt.) (18-Shaft Brewer Jr., 65)
Substitutes not used: 2-Sergino Dest, 8-Christian Cappis, 12-Philip Ejimadu, 16-Jake Morris, 21-Andres Jimenez, 22-CJ Dos Santos, 24-Sam Rogers, 25-Aedan Stanley
Head coach: Tab Ramos
FRA: 1-Dimitry Bertaud; 3-Romain Perraud, 5-Evan Ndicka, 14-Jules Kounde, 12-Clement Michelin; 17-Jeando Fuchs, 10-Zaydou D. Youssouf (18-Matteo Guendozi, 70), 8-Jean Victor Makengo; 7-Yann Karamoh (21-Axel Bakayoko, 87), 9-Jordan Tell, 22-Jeff Reine Adelaide
Substitutes not used: 2-Ismael Anema, 4-Ibrahima Konate, 6-Abou Ba, 13-Lilian Brassier, 15-Faitout Maouassa, 16-Luca Zidane, 19-Nicolas Janvier
Head coach: Philippe Montanier
Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 6 / 12
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 6 / 8
Offside: 1 / 1
Referee: Salvador Lax Franco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: n/a
Assistant Referee 2: n/a
Fourth Official: n/a