Report: USMNT lining up Rep. of Ireland friendly

Report: USMNT lining up Rep. of Ireland friendly

U.S. Men's National Team

Report: USMNT lining up Rep. of Ireland friendly

Omar Gonzalez

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By DAN KARELL

In keeping with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s tradition of scheduling matches against European opposition, the U.S. Men’s National Team could be heading for the Emerald Isle.

According to a report in the Irish Independent, the USMNT have scheduled a friendly match with the Republic of Ireland for Nov. 18. If true, it would mark the second international friendly scheduled this fall, following the USA’s Sep. 3 match-up at the Czech Republic. The report doesn’t state where the game will be played but if played in Ireland, it would likely take place in Dublin’s 51,700 capacity Aviva Stadium.

This match would represent the ninth time that these two nations have met, the most recent occasion coming on April 17, 2002, when the Republic of Ireland won, 2-1, in Dublin.

The FIFA calendar has six open dates for international matches this fall. From Sep. 1-9, Oct. 6-14, and Nov. 10-18.

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