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U.S. Under-20 squad ties France 3-3 in first of two international friendlies

United's Conor Shanosky is with the team

With goals from Conor Doyle, Josh Gatt and Luis Gil, the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team drew France 3-3 in an international friendly on Tuesday. The U.S. took the lead twice during the game, but France was able to find the equalizer each time.

The team includes Sterling, Va. native and D.C. United midfielder Conor Shanosky, who did not appear in the starting XI.

Conor Doyle got the U.S. on the board in just the eighth minute. Gatt sent in a cross from the left side that was headed off the cross bar by Terrence Boyd, but Doyle was there for the rebound.

Five minutes later, France equalized on a rebound of their own. Tafer finished a cross that smacked the upper corner past U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper and knocked in the rebound.

Minutes before halftime, Gatt gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead. A corner kick was headed out of the area, but Gatt ran onto the rebound from about 25 yards out. His shot hit the foot of a French defender and popped up over the ‘keepers head and into the net.

Another corner kick in the 54th minute led to the USA’s third goal. Brooks hit the ball out of the air, but his shot hit a defender. The ball bounced over to Gil, who hit it into the back of the net.

France pounced on a bad ball played out of the back just five minutes later, leading Knockaert to take a few touches forward and then ripped a shot from distance past Cropper. In the 89th minute, Knockaert tied the game up after a corner kick bounced around the U.S. penalty area and he eventually got a solid foot on it to send it into the goal.

These two teams will play again on Thursday.

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: U.S. U-20 MNT vs. France
Competition: International Friendly
Location: Stade Moulins; Carquefou, France 
Date: May 17, 2011

Scoring Summary:
                         1     2      F
USA                 2     1      3                               
FRA                  1     2      3                  

USA – Conor Doyle (Terrence Boyd)      8th minute
FRA – Yanni Tafer                                 13
USA – Josh Gatt                                   42
USA – Luis Gil                                       54
FRA – Anthony Knockaert                      59
FRA – Anthony Knockaert                      89

Lineups:
USA: Cody Cropper; Kofi Sarkodie, Sebastien Ibeagha, Anthony Brooks, Sean Cunningham; Dillon Powers (capt.), Luis Gil, Kelyn Rowe; Terrence Boyd, Conor Doyle, Josh Gatt
Subs:,Sacir Hot, Jerome Kiesewetter, Daniel Potts, Conor Shanosky, Brian Sylvestre, Danny Toia, Victor Ulloa
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

FRA: Jonathan Ligali; Loris Nery, Florian Lejeune, Sebastien Faure, Loic Damour, Enzo Reale, Yanni Tafer, Gille Sunu (capt.), Andy Delort, Anthony Knockaert, Maxime Colin
Subs: Marc Vidal, Nego, Rakotdhrisoo, Maxime Bourgeouis, Thomas Fontaines, Lionel Carole, Cedric Bakambu
Head Coach: Jacques Geisseghardt

Statistical Summary :

                       USA / FRA
Shots                 15 / 11   
Saves                 6 / 5
Corner Kicks      3 / 6
Fouls                 17 / 12
Offsides             0 / 1