I'm from Belgium and as you guessed right the most people that play the game are in this timezone (GMT +1), so if you're from the US you'll probably land at a time when we all sleep. By the way the game isn't very "popular" right now, we're still waiting for foreign players and so on. So try to join the game at a time where you can find French people and play. Or just talk about the game arround you and find some players in your country that can play with you. I guess you're kind of frustrated by the fact you couldn't play but don't give up this game is too good to give up so quickly because of too few players.
I hope you'll be able to play soon.
(btw when in-game, immediatly say that you are an english-speaker, then people will talk to you)