Recap: France 1, USA 0
PARIS — The US national team fell 1-0 to France on Friday night at Stade de France, with Loic Remy's 72nd-minute goal the lone tally in the Americans’ latest defeat under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
The US are now 1-4-1 in Klinsmann’s new regime and have scored just two goals in that span. They are now winless in their last seven games on European soil with one game remaining on the current mini-tour, at Solvenia on Tuesday.
The Americans enjoyed a steady first half on the back line on Friday, but were inevitably done in by a moment of confusion midway through the second half. Marvin Martin chipped a ball to the onrushing Remy, who brushed off a shoulder charge from US defender Clarence Goodson and coolly slotted a shot past US goalkeeper Tim Howard.
It was the only moment of vulnerability for Howard, who made four saves on the night and at times kept France from blowing the game wide open. His best moment came in the 56th minute, when he somehow batted a curling free kick from Karim Benzema off the line to help keep France at bay.
The American offense, meanwhile, struggled all night to generate any real scoring chances and managed just three shots on goal. Clint Dempsey had a brief look at a breakaway opportunity in the 77th minute, but he was taken down just outside the box by France’s Laurent Koscielny. Dempsey scorched the ensuing free kick high and wide of the far upper corner.
France created their first real chance of the game in the 27th minute, with Franck Ribery backheeling an Adil Rami centering feed just wide.
Shortly thereafter, the US achieved their first corner kick. Maurice Edu was able to get a head on Steve Cherundolo's serve, but with no pace on his attempt, it was easy picking for Hugo Lloris. France quickly broke out on the counter, with Karim Benzema eventually firing his shot into the chest of a well-placed Goodson.
France also nearly scored in the 55th minute, when Benzema snapped a header off the crossbar.
Fabian Johnson was the only US player to earn his first cap in the loss, but Goodson and Jermaine Jones both made their first appearances under Klinsmann.
FRANCE: Hugo Lloris; Laurent Koscielny, Jeremy Mathieu, Adil Rami, Matthieu Debuchy; Yann MVila (Maxime Gonalons 61'), Alou Diarra, Franck Ribery (Loic Remy 65'), Jeremy Menez; Kevin Gameiro (Olivier Giroud 60'), Karim Benzema (Marvin Martin 66')
USA: Tim Howard; Steve Cherundolo, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Timmy Chandler: Maurice Edu (Edson Buddle 78'), Kyle Beckerman (Jermaine Jones 67'), Daniel Williams (Fabian Johnson 72'); Clint Dempsey, Brek Shea (Damarcus Beasley 72'); Jozy Altidore