October 14, 2011
BRING ON LES BLEUS
U.S. to face France Nov. 11
CHICAGO – Jurgen Klinsmann will get a chance to test the United States National Team on European soil once again, when they face France on November 11 at Stade de France in Paris.
The 3 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local time), match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, and Univision.
The match falls on an international fixture date, giving Klinsmann the ability to call in a full selection of players. As part of a double fixture date, U.S. Soccer expects to announce a second friendly for Nov. 15 in Europe in the near future.
Klinsmann, who took over as the U.S. coach in August, has led the team to a 1-3-1 record, most recently falling to Ecuador 1-0 at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday. This will be the second U.S. game on European soil under the German-born coach. The U.S. fell to Belgium 1-0 on September 6.
"France is traditionally one of the best teams in the world," said 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 U.S. has faced France twice in its history, losing both matches played in 1979. In those matches, the U.S. did not score a goal, losing 6-0 in East Rutherford, N.J. on May 2 and 3-0 in the return match on Oct. 10 in Paris.
Ranked No. 12 in the world, France qualified for the 2012 European Championship in Poland/Ukraine by finishing atop Group D on Tuesday, Oct. 11 after a 1-1 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Les Bleus will be looking to win their third European Championship title and first since 2000.