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McGann, United States U17s win tournament in France

The United States' U17 team overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit to win the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu tournament in France on Monday afternoon.

Rayshuan McGann
Rayshuan McGann
Matt Ralph

Philadelphia Union Academy defender Rayshaun McGann won his second trophy with a U.S. youth international team on Monday afternoon when the U.S. U17 team came from behind to beat host France in the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu tournament.

McGann got the start at left back in the tournament, and was under near constant pressure from wave after wave of attacks down the flank from France. That led to a 28th minute equalizer for Mathias Phaeton after Timothy Weah pounced on the first of three mistakes on the day by French keepers to give the U.S. the lead just five minutes in. France took the lead before halftime on an Alan Kerouedan goal.

George Acosta had a second half brace - both off balls hit directly to him by French keepers. The winner was a long range chip over the outstretched hands of a keeper who had subbed in for the starter.

McGann subbed off before his teammate's heroics, but was able to participate in his second trophy presentation with a U.S. youth team - he was part of the U15 team that won the Tournament delle Nazioni in Italy last May.

Former Philadelphia Union head coach John Hackworth was the U15 head coach at the time of that Italy tournament and is now the U17 head coach, but he wasn't in France for this tournament. He put U16 coach Sean Tsakiris in charge while he's with the United States U23 team.

The U17s made it to the final after draws with Brazil and England and a 4-0 win over Russia. Acosta, a member of Hackworth's residency program in Florida, also had a brace in the Russia win and finished the tournament with four goals.