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U.S. national soccer team will play France in Nov. 11 friendly

The U.S. men’s national soccer team will play France in a Nov. 11 friendly near Paris, the first meeting between the sides in 32 years.

The match will be held at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, site of the 1998 World Cup final. TV coverage on ESPN2, Univision, and will begin at 3 p.m. ET.

The Americans are also close to finalizing a second friendly in Europe four days later. Both matches fall on FIFA international fixture dates, meaning clubs are required to release players to their national teams. U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann will call on European-based players and those with MLS clubs that have been eliminated from the playoffs. (MLS Cup is Nov. 20.)


The USA and France have met just twice, both in 1979, both French victories: 6-0 at Giants Stadium and 3-0 in Paris.

This meeting has been in the works for several weeks but couldn’t be finalized until France clinched a 2012 European Championship berth Tuesday. Had Les Bleus failed to advance, it would’ve been forced into a playoff on Nov. 11 and 15.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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