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It was a nightmare start for the United States at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires this afternoon. The junior Eagles gave up four first half tries and two in the second during an error plagued 38-0 loss to France.
The United States had very little possession in the first half and France was clinical during their four-try breakout.
The Eagles first looked dangerous in the second half after the French added the fifth of the game. A turnover deep inside their own 22. A quick tap by Jasper Green saw the Eagles make it inside the five-meter line but the offload was botched and a knock on was rewarded to France.
The French worked their way down field and looked to have scored in the corner but Jon Rodriguez did well to drag his opponent into touch. The ensuing lineout, however, was overthrown and France scooped it up for an easy score.
At 38-0 the United States had their first real string of good possession. They earned a string of penalties and worked their way down field well after the horn had gone. Zack Neff found some space on the right flank and was tackled inside the five-meter line. He appeared to get up release the ball and pick it up again before diving over the line. The referee, however, deemed that he did not release and a penalty was awarded. France kicked it out of play to secure the victory,
The United States will play Samoa at 3:45 ET.