In its first action of the two-year cycle leading up to the 2009 Under-20 World Cup, the U.S. U-18 national team fell to host France, 3-1, on Tuesday night at the Limoges Tournament.
game was delayed a day because the U-18s, scheduled to leave for France on Saturday, had to take alternate flights on Sunday due to a strike by cabin crew members of Air France. Bill Schuler
scored for the U.S. U-18s two minutes after Emmanuel Riviere (St. Etienne) put the Bleuets ahead in the opening game played at the Beaublanc Stadium.
France pulled away on goals by Damien Le Tallec
, younger brother of French League star Anthony Le Tallec
(Lens) in the 89th and 92nd minutes, respectively.