Jane Ebbage's England took the lead soon after half-time but the USA came back to win the final 3-1.
England v USA
International Friendly Tournament
Curracloe United FC
02 April 2005
England have lost 3-1 to the United States in the final of the Women's U17 International Tournament here in Curracloe, County Cork.
After a goalless first half, Fulham's Natasha Dowie gave Jane Ebbage's side the lead on 42 minutes but a double-strike midway through the first half from the USA ended any hopes England had of successfully defending the tournament they won last year.
Those goals were followed by another in injury time as the US ran out as 3-1 winners.
England's run, and second-place finish in the tournament will be seen as a success, with good wins over both Northern Ireland (4-1) and the Republic of Ireland.
England Women's U17s v. USA, 02 April 2005
England: Danielle Hill - Everton, Sophie Bradley - Nottingham Forest LFC (Ellen White - Arsenal LFC, 70), Ellie Gilliatt - Lincoln City LFC, Danielle Buet - Arsenal LFC (captain), Kelly Lawrence - Arsenal LFC, Jayne Eadie - Everton LFC, Jessica Clarke - Leeds United LFC (Claire Rafferty - Millwall Lionesses LFC, 40), Lizzie Edwards - Leyton Orient LFC, Natasha Dowie - Fulham LFC, Sian Larkin - Arsenal LFC, Mikaela Howell - Arsenal LFC (Katie Brusell - Stockport County LFC, 75)
Subs not used: Sue Wood - Birmingham City LFC, Faye McCoy - Everton LFC, Lauren Mitchell - Everton LFC, Danielle Ackerman - Southampton Saints WFC