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The U.S. men’s national team managed just two shots on goal in another offensively challenged result Friday, a 1-0 road loss in France. The legendary Stade de France in Paris was packed with a crowd over 70,000.
Substitute Loic Remy scored the winner in the 72nd minute, shrugging off defender Clarence Goodson and firing a low drive past goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Howard was probably the best U.S. player and made five saves, including a tremendous one on a second-half free kick as he was falling into his own net. Forward Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey each looked good at moments, as well, but there wasn’t a whole lot to like (except for jersey donations to the Disabled American Veterans organization).
Defender Carlos Bocanegra earned his 99th cap in the game and newcomer Fabian Johnson made his debut as the U.S. fell to 1-4-1 in the Jurgen Klinsmann era.
France is prepping for the 2012 Euros. The U.S. plays its final match of 2011 at Slovenia on Tuesday at 9 a.m. on ESPN2.
Here’s a little bit more USMNT coverage. The Sporting News held a two-part interview with Klinsmann recently (part one, part two). MLSsoccer.com had a three-part video interview (part one, part two, part three).
What do you think of how things are going with the U.S. team?