The United States U-17 men's national team beat the France U-16s, 3-2, in the final of the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu. This is the second time they've won the tournament, after taking home the title in 1992.
So happy for the U-17 #USMNT, Champions in Montaiqu, France. #onenationoneteam pic.twitter.com/D5Fq7Fz3Op— John Hackworth (@hackworthsoccer) March 28, 2016
Timothy Weah scored the U.S.' first goal in the fifth minute, taking advantage of a goalkeeping error. The French stormed back with two goals to take a 2-1 lead into the half.
George Acosta scored two goals in the second half -- the second a beautiful chip from well outside the box -- to earn the U.S. the win and the tournament title.
CHAMPIONS #USA @ussoccer pic.twitter.com/GtwqM2D26g— Mondial Montaigu (@MFMontaigu) March 28, 2016
The U.S. qualified for the final by winning Group B with a 1-0-2 record and a superior goal differential. In their first match, they tied Brazil, 1-1. Ayo Akinola scored the tying goal in the 80th minute from a Joshua Sargent assist.
They tied England in their second match, 2-2, thanks to two goals from George Acosta. The U.S. finished group play with a 4-0 take down of Russia. Acosta and Akinola scored two goals apiece to clinch a spot in the final.
USA roster for the tournament below (via US Soccer):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), J.J. Foe Nuphaus (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside Soccer Club; Riverside, Conn.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Atletico de Madrid; Madrid, Spain), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)
1) United States 2) France 3) Brazil 4) Morocco 5) England 6) Northern Ireland 7) Russia 8) Peru
Player of the Tournament:
Yacine Adli - France