US set to face France in Paris

BY foxsports • October 14, 2011

The United States men’s national team will face France at Stade de France in Paris on November 11, US Soccer announced on Friday. The friendly is scheduled for the next FIFA international match break, with the US Federation announcing a Nov. 15 friendly is expected to be confirmed “in the near future.”

The meeting will be the third in the brief history between the US and France teams. On May 2, 1979, the US lost 6-0 to France in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Five months later, the US visited Paris, losing 3-0. Although the United States has played in France twice since those meetings (1998 World Cup, 2003 Confederations Cup), the nation’s soccer teams have not met in 32 years.

"France is traditionally one of the best teams in the world," said US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "When you look at their history, the players that have come through their team and what they have accomplished, you have to be impressed. This is an awesome opportunity for our players to play in a stadium that has hosted a World Cup Final, and a great experience for their careers."

The friendly comes after France’s recent qualification for the 2012 European Championship, with an October 11 draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina clinching first place for France in Group D.

For the United States, the trip will be the second to Europe since Klinsmann took over the national team in August. On September 6, the team visited Brussels, losing 1-0 to Belgium.

Overall under Klinsmann, the US has one win and one draw in five matches, their victory coming on October 8 over Honduras, 1-0.

The match falls in the middle of Major League Soccer’s playoffs, with the US’s domestic league on break between its conference finals (Nov. 5th and 6th) and Nov. 20th’s MLS Cup championship game.

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