Fabian Johnson set for US debut

“I can talk with them in German, but I think the whole group is good for me,” Johnson said in fluent English with a German accent. “They’re all positive and trying to help each other or new guys when we come in. So that really makes a difference.”

And his family is ready to root him on in the red-white-and-blue.

“They say it’s my decision,” Johnson said. “They respect I wanted to play for the U.S. My dad’s happy about it.”

NOTES: The U.S., which plays at Slovenia on Tuesday, is 5-7-3 this year and in danger of finishing a year with a losing record for the first time since going 5-6-7 in 1997. … The Americans are 1-3-1 under Klinsmann and their FIFA ranking had dropped to 34th, 19 spots below France, which already has qualified for next year’s European Championship. … France is unbeaten in its last 15 matches. Les Bleus have played the U.S. twice before, winning 6-0 in East Rutherford, N.J., in May 1979 and 3-0 in Paris five months later.

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