If there had to be a United States soccer friendly on Veteran's Day there is no better nation to face than France. Considering the origin of the day (Armistice Day) and the history of France and USA share in battle it is suiting. For the USMNT this is another tune-up in the Jurgen Klinsmann era. It is another chance to develop into a team that passes out of the back using build-up play and finishes their chances. Early signs are that the new players aren't converting to the new style.
The lineup will contain disappoints. The result even more likely so. France is no longer the team they were, but their fall stopped, and they now climb back to being a power in Europe. Soccer Power Index makes this look like a result of 3-1 or 2-0 in favor of the other Red, White and Bleu even with France's weakened team.
ECS, AO Seattle and the Armed Services Group are hosting a viewing part at the Atlantic Crossing both live and a replay this evening. I'll be at A Terrible Beauty in Renton.
Game is at Noon on ESPN2, ESPN3.com, Univision and Univision.com. Follow the SBNation/soccer storystream for lineups. Follow along with your community here.
My annual note on Veteran's Day. The game makes things difficult, but the sentiment is the same.