Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/12/11
Maybe it was unreasonable to expect the US men’s national team to walk into Paris and beat a team like France - even a French side fielding a young squad. Maybe the disappointment of Jurgen Klinsmann’s early tenure put too much meaning into a friendly. Previous editions of the U.S. team would have been just as much of an underdog in. What was reasonable was to expect the United States to show some sort of improvements, or even some semblance of an offense after five straight games of largely disappointing attacking soccer. There was not much offense to speak of, though, with the Americans suffering a seemingly inevitable 1-0 loss to France on Friday. The United States defended bravely, and once again relied on the heroics of goalkeeper Tim Howard, but while the defense did its best to hold off France, the quality of Laurent Blanc’s substitutes, led by Loic Remy, ultimately proved too much for the United States to deal with, and only another standout effort from Howard kept the match...
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