USWNT U-20 drop opener to France 2-1

By Sean McCaffery, December 8, 2018

Althought the lone player with NY ties, NYCFC player Sam Kroeger netted the sole goal in spectacular fashion, the US dropped the opener in FL. Sun. they face China at 6:pm ET. The stunner by Sam early in the 2nd half to pull the US even was not enough as the visitors got another goal on them. The earliest part of the game was rather even as France showed their pace and ability on the ball while the US put their work in getting the first chances behind Reilyn Turner and Kroeger as they spearheaded their sides attacks. Sam was the lynch pin in a pair of the best US chances as she got a great ball into the box from Brianna Martinez in the frist 10 minutes and put a dangerous ball through in the 20'. France hit for their first in the 22' gaining possesion at the half, Sonia Ouchene carried through the middle and guided one to Melvine Malard as she was goal bound. US netminder Hensley Hancuff was able to try and steer the ball, still Mallard buried the rebound home. As the game moved on, the US put a few balls into the box, never to be tucked away, the half moved to a close France threated but the defense stood tall as Hancuff had a big save at 31' and a tremendous tackle from Martinez thwarted a promising chance by France in the 44'. On the US goal, Allen lofted a ball up the left side as Sam took her mark, and hit a dropping distant first time shot from beyond the box into the far upper 90. The US was not done going to goal by any means, Turner kept up with her threatening play and the subs added some energy. France hit for their last goal at 77' another quick one as some ball movement from the left wing got the ball into the 6 yard box where it was put home beyond a sliding defender and gk. In the 86' sub Rebecca Jarrett out ran her opponent at 86' and centered the ball to Kroeger but the 'keeper left her line as it deflected off her foot. Stoppage game led to one last gasp for the US, Jarrett found herself open outside, her shot was just wide as the keeper again came off her line. Next game is on and the USSF YouTube channel.