Clint Dempsey was disappointed as the United States were beaten 1-0 in Paris by France in an international friendly on Friday night.
A poacher’s finish from substitute Loic Remy settled the game seventeen minutes from time. The Marseille striker, who had replaced Frank Ribery, chased a through ball, shrugged off a challenge from Clarence Goodson and drove a powerful shot past Howard.
Fulham midfielder Dempsey felt the Americans were worth a draw:
A draw would have been nice. At the end we were pressing the game and trying to leave with a result. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get that done, but there were some good things. We played better football in the second half. I felt like I was able to get more involved and put a stamp on things.
They were a good side. They have a lot of quality players. They frustrated us in the first half. I thought the game opened up a little bit more in the second half. We did a better job of keeping possession, moving the ball around and creating chances for ourselves.
We’re happy with our second half performance. We just need to start doing a better job of getting results.
The Texan is encouraged by the way things are progressing under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
He instills confidence in his players and pushes us to go out and express ourselves and have that self-belief that we can compete in big games. We enjoy having him as a coach and we want to do better for him. Hopefully the results will start to show.