|France's Loic Remy celebrates after scoring the only goal of the friendly with the USA. (Getty Images)|
SAINT-DENIS, France -- The United States dropped to 1-4-1 under coach Jurgen Klinsmann, losing to France 1-0 in an exhibition game Friday night as Loic Remy outmuscled defender Clarence Goodson to score in the 72nd minute.
Remy, who entered in the 65th, chased down a long ball and held off Goodson, who fell, before beating goalkeeper Tim Howard from about 12 yards for his fourth international goal.
"Obviously it was difficult after their goal," Klinsmann said. "In these types of games, you make one or two individual mistakes, you get punished.
At 5-8-3 with only Tuesday's game at Slovenia remaining, The Americans, who dropped to 0-3 against France after their first game against Les Bleus in 32 years, are assured of finishing with a losing record in a calendar year for the first time since 1997.
They had a special guest after the match.
"We have the pleasure that Arsene Wenger came into the locker room, talking to the players and gave them a big compliment," Klinsmann said.
Howard was again the best American player of the field.
Karim Benzema hit the crossbar with a close-range header in the 55th minute after Adil Rami nodded on Franck Ribery's corner kick. A minute later, Benzema forced Howard into an excellent leaping reflex save from a curling free kick.
Outscored 5-2 since Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in late July, the Americans once again failed to muster much offense with Landon Donovan again absent, this time preparing for the Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS Cup final on Nov. 20. The U.S. has not had Donovan and Clint Dempsey on the field together since the 4-2 loss to Mexico in June's final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
"Obviously you want to kind of score a couple of goals sooner or later, so I wish there was one or two," Klinsmann said.
Klinsmann gave Goodson a start at central defender in place of Oguchi Onyewu, who was nursing a strained groin, but the rest of the starting lineup was unchanged from last month's 1-0 loss to Ecuador.
Fabian Johnson entered in the 71st minute in his national team debut, replacing fellow German-American Danny Williams. Johnson started for Germany in 2009 European Under-21 final, then asked FIFA last summer for permission to switch nations.
France, which already has qualified for next year's European Championship, extended its unbeaten streak to 16 games as coach Laurent Blanc gave debuts to Arsenal central defender Laurent Koscielny and Valencia left back Jeremy Mathieu.
"They were a really physical team and stood up to us," Blanc said. "They did well in that domain."