In the 86th and 89th minutes, goals gave the U.S. Men’s Olympic Soccer Team to a dramatic comeback victory against France, the 2024 host country, by a score of 2-2.

In a fierce match against their first opponent in the next Olympics, the USA fought to the very end. Forward Griffin Yow opened the scoring to cap off a successful international window, and forward Cade Cowell scored the equalizer right before the end.

The U.S. and France traded attacking runs throughout the evening, making the game exciting from the moment it started. In the last four minutes of play, the Americans eventually broke through after several close opportunities. After setting up Yow with a magnificent long ball, captain Tanner Tessmann scored with an amazing finish. Yow had a great game in the 3-0 victory over Guinea, contributing to two assists and helping to produce the third goal. The United States was tied in the last seconds of the match thanks to a goal by Cowell, his first for the Men’s Olympic Team.

For the first time since 2008, the United States of America will compete in the June international window and return to the Olympics this summer. The United States will play host France in Marseille on July 24 to begin the Men’s Olympic Soccer Tournament. On July 27, they will play New Zealand in Marseille, and on July 30, in Saint-Etienne, they will play the winner of the AFC-CAF qualification playoff.

Pressing hard from the start, the United States had the first meaningful opportunity of the match in the seventh minute of play against France. Paxten Aaronson, the winger, attempted to score after defender Bryan Reynolds set him up with a ball in the box, but goalkeeper Guillaume Restes stopped his shot.

Shortly later, in the ninth, American goalkeeper Patrick Schulte was called upon. Les Bleus served a ball from the upper right corner of the box to a runner at the far post after a French corner, but the Columbus Crew goalie leaped to his left to deflect the ball out for a corner kick.Midway through the first half, France started to threaten more regularly, even if the end-to-end play and numerous strong possession periods for the United States persisted.

In the twenty-first minute, the French regained possession of the ball deep into American territory. Arnaud Kalimuendo, seeing through the American defense several times, ripped a shot that Schulte stopped with his shin as he collapsed to the grass.

After a good exchange in the American box, Rayan Cherki fired a shot from the top of the box that rattled off the post in the 25th. The Lyon forward again got the ball inside the box after the subsequent corner, spun around a defender, and missed the target. But the referee pointed to the penalty spot after calling a handball in the box against American defender John Tolkin. Kalimuendo scored coolly there to give France the lead.

After losing, the United States got back into the game, but they were unable to equalize before halftime. Reynolds found striker Duncan McGuire with a nice ball in the 33rd, but McGuire’s header sailed narrowly wide.

The USA was determined to find an equalizer after the half, and they got off to a fast start once more before exchanging risky attempts with France. Similar to the first half, the hosts started to pose a real threat in the midst of the game. Desire Doue laid off to Kalimuendo for a hard-hit close-range effort in the 78th after a mistake deep in U.S. territory, but Schulte was equal to the challenge and saved the goal.

A minute later, Les Bleus had increased their lead. Andy Diouf, a midfielder for Lens, received a magnificent long ball from Maghnes Akliouche and was presented with it at the top of the arc. The midfielder sent a shot past Schulte to double the lead for the home team.

In the second half, head coach Marko Mitrovic made seven substitutions, and each one of them had an impact right away. The United States persevered in building, and the 86th was the culmination of its painstaking efforts. Yow was set up nicely by Tessmann with a long ball on the left wing. He dribbled toward the goal and then curled a shot to the near post. He scored his first goal for the United States since netting one for the U-17s in May 2019 thanks to an outstanding solo effort. The United States kept trying for an equalizer after the late score.

Midfielder Jack McGlynn played Cowell on the flank in the last minutes of the match, working down the left side once more. The American team earned a 2-2 draw thanks to a forward cut in and drive at goal, followed by a bouncing effort that bounced off a France defender and past Restes.

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