It's that time of the month again, and boy am I excited!
On November 7th, the United States men's national team, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will begin gathering in Paris to train for a pair of international friendlies.
In what will be the first meeting for the two teams since 1979, the U.S. will travel to the Stade de France to play 1998 World Cup champions France. Ranked 12th in the world and winning Group D in the preliminary rounds of Euro 2012, Les Blues will be the best opponent Klinsmann has faced since taking over for Bob Bradley.
Then just four days later, the U.S. will travel to face Slovenia in a World Cup rematch. Slovenia is a team in transition, firing their coach and hiring Slavisa Stojanovic on October 24th. They're still a formidable team, currently ranked 27th in the world.
It'll be really, really great to see the U.S. play some European teams. No offense to CONCACAF, but even second- and third-tier teams in Europe are better than the top teams in North and Central America.
Just a little while ago, Klinsmann released the roster of the 22 men he'll be taking to France and Slovenia. Will Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan finally share the field? Did MLS-standout Kyle Beckerman impress enough to earn some more international duty?
Let's find out.