Monday, October 17, 2011

USA sets up November Exhibition with France

For the first time since the Jimmy Carter era, the U.S. Men's National Team will take on the French in an upcoming friendly. The match is set to be played on November 11th at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, the site of the 1998 World Cup Final. This marks the second time that the U.S. will take to the road under Jurgen Klinsman. The U.S. lost in Belgium last month 1-0.
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The U.S., who has won just once under Klinsmann in five tries, will have their work cut out for them against the French. The 12th ranked team in the world recently clinched the top spot in Group D in the 2012 European Championship Qualifying Round with a record of 6-1-3 while outscoring their opponents 15-4. France dropped a surprising match at home to Belarus last September in their opening match, but went unbeaten the rest of the way. They've also gone unbeaten in friendlies since the Belarus game including wins in England and against Brazil.
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The United States and France last met in 1979 when they played twice with France easily winning both matches by scores of 6-0 in East Rutherford, and 3-0 in Paris. You'd like to think that American soccer has come a long way in the past 32 years though so hopefully we can give them a better match this time around.

The U.S. is also hoping to pick up an additional match in Europe on the 15th of November, but their opponent has yet to be determined.

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