US to square off against France in Paris in November
The US Soccer Federation announced on Friday that the US men's national team will play an international friendly against France on Nov 11. The match is scheduled to take place at the Stade de France in Paris and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univisión and Unvision.com at 3 pm ET.
"France is traditionally one of the best teams in the world," US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a press 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."
The Yanks' match against Les Bleus marks the sixth friendly of Klinsmann's tenure as US national team coach. As part of a double fixture FIFA date, US Soccer expects to announce a second friendly to be played on Nov. 15 in the near future.
The US have compiled a 1-3-1 record under Klinsmann, their latest result a 1-0 loss to Ecuador at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday. The US' only game against European competition under Klinsmann ended in a 1-0 win for Belgium on Sept. 6 at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.
The French are fresh off a successful Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, where they clinched a berth in the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday to finish atop Group D.
The US have played France twice in their history, both matches coming in 1979 and both ending in wins for Les Bleus.