Friday, November 11, 2011

On Tap: USA v France

There's a little something to be gained for both sides today. For France, a tuneup for a Euro competition they (characteristically) barely qualified for, needing a late penalty conversion from Samir Nasri against superpower Bosnia-Herzegovina to earn a 1-1 draw. For the US, they'd like some confirmation against a talented side that Klinsmann's project is gaining steam. Any kind of steam. Goals, attractive play, whatever. Just give us signs that there is some method to the madness of these call-ups. The more time Orozco Fiscal spends on the active 23 the stranger this whole circus gets.

And don't forget how Klinsi last left Europe as a gainfully employed man: cap in hand, slinking away from a failed Bayern Munich project. Any chance to continue burying that with positive results is welcomed I'm sure. And plus, it's Paris.

- Nasri is out, Malouda and Cabaye are doubtful - could we see Gonalons?
- Expect a youthful French team
- Yahoo! Sports podcasts the preview
- Guardian UK offers Klinsmann five helpful hints
- And a proper preview for your troubles

This is super cool. Courtesy of Dave Brett, here are highlights from '79 when the US and France last played.

- Will Parchman

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