U.S. sets France friendly in Paris

If the Galaxy reach the MLS Cup title game, Landon Donovan will be doing some heavy travel during their preparations.

U.S. Soccer on Thursday confirmed a Nov. 11 friendly with France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a northern Parisian suburb. The national team is working on a second friendly, against an unidentified European nation, on Nov. 15.

“France is traditionally one of the best teams in the world," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in the release announcing the game. “When you look at their history, the players that have come through their team and what they have accomplished, you have to be impressed. This is an awesome opportunity for our players to play in a stadium that has hosted a World Cup final and a great experience for their careers.”

France beat Brazil, 3-1, in the 1998 World Cup final at the Stade de France.

Galaxy captain Donovan, if healthy, is a certain starter for the U.S. There also have been calls from critics to include L.A. center back Omar Gonzalez, although Klinsmann has resisted in his first 2½ months as U.S. boss.

MLS Cup will be played Nov. 20 at Home Depot Center. The conference finals are scheduled for Nov. 5 and 6. Major League Soccer's playoffs begin Oct. 26.