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USA to meet France in November friendly


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The next match of the Jurgen Klinsmann era will be taking place in Paris.

U.S. Soccer announced that the national team's next match will be against France on Nov. 11. A second friendly in Europe against a to-be-announced opponent will be played on Nov. 15. Both dates fall during the next FIFA international fixture window.

"France is traditionally one of the best teams in the world," Klinsmann said in a release. "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."

That match will take place during the week in between the MLS Cup semifinal and championship, meaning that the MLS-based players who make the roster will be contingent on whose team is still alive in the playoffs.

The United States and France have met twice, with both times coming in 1979. The match will be the second of the Klinsmann era to be held on European soil. The United States fell to Belgium, 1-0, last month in Brussels. 

What do you think of the matchup?

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  1. As an american who would play for the US national team if I was younger and didnt suck, I am allowed to have an ethnicity. Being an Irish american does not make me any less patriotic nor would it if I hailed from Senegal or Ghana. The US has a different culture and I get that there are native French people, while the US has a native population that was displaced, but calling the French team African would be like calling the US basketball team african. There players were largly born in France.

  2. He came off the field vs honduras because of injury, yes, but was he benched because of this injury? No to my knowledge. Orozco has been quite bad positionally and with passing making Boca feel very uncomfortabe at times & also affecting carlos’ game..

  3. Benny Feilhaber is a much better player than Bedoya and Kljestan. Feilhaber has better vision. He’s better with both feet. He is better defensively. He has better vision, and Dempsey likes playing with him. Feilhaber was always subbed into the game into the Confed Cup and the World Cup to make up for Bob Bradley playing Michael Bradley with another holding mid. Clark or Edu were always subbed out, and then the US began playing better and scoring goals.

  4. Yea as T said its perfectly acceptable to not put you’re hand over you’re heart. That’s actually intended for the pledge of allegiance, not the national anthem. Although people regularly confuse the two and do put their hand over their heart. I believe proper etiquette for the national anthem is just to stand and remove your hat like the announcer usually says.

  5. Orozco didn’t make the bench against Ecuador because he picked up an injury against Honduras. Jurgen said he only came out of the Honduras game because of injury not performance. He’ll to be back on the bench at the very least. I’d definitely argue he deserves it he hasn’t played all that bad. I’m more comfortable with him and Goodson as backups than anyone else I’ve seen in a while.

  6. Nothing, they bleed just like us. Soccer-wise, they are superior to us technically and tactically. And they have produced world class players (TH14) that we can only dream of. As someone posted, they are 3-4 players deep at every position. That said, its a good test for the US and even the best team can be beaten anytime. All the boys have to do is respect them but don’t fear them.

  7. there’s over 50 countries that make up the continent of Africa and each one of those countries contain hundreds of various groups. But, the French team is “African?”.

  8. You’re a fool. Orozco didnt even make the bench against ecuador and he was awful the whole time. John & Gonzo have proven themselves at the club level. They cant prove themselves anymore until JK calls them in & actually lets them perform well for him.

  9. Nice article on MLSsoccer dot com suggesting seven players in Europe who Klinsmann should strongly consider calling up in November. Alejandro Bedoya, Mikkel Diskerud, Josh Gatt, Robbie Findley, Sacha Kljestan, Michael Parkhurst, Chris Rolfe.

    I do not buy this argument anymore that Gatt and Diskerud should not be called up because they will be playing the Olympics next year. Agudelo is younger than those two and he has been selected for each of Klinsmann’s camps although he is not even a club starter. And, if truth be told, his performances with the USMNT have not yet been convincing. If anyone should be sitting out the USMNT friendlies ahead of WC qualifiers and instead wait to play the Olympics next summer for some much needed seasoning it is Juan Agudelo, not starters playing 90 mins per game like Gatt and Diskerud.

    In addition to Bedoya and Kljestan, the other guys mentioned in the MLS article also look deserving, especially Chris Rolfe, who is a right winger and could have been called up when Donovan was injured. Danny Williams looked good against Honduras and Ecuador, but he is not a right winger and is more defensively oriented. You could see he felt a bit out of his element in that slot. Would like to see what he can do in a more defensive central position against France.

  10. Donovan was the best player on the pitch in the friendly against Mexico.

    A shame we most likely will STILL have to wait to see Donovan and Dempsey together under Klinsi.


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