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By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Men’s National Team will have the pleasure of spending a few days this November on the Emerald Isle.
After reports emerged last July about a possible friendly match between the USMNT and the Republic of Ireland, The FA of Ireland confirmed the match on Monday, stating that Ireland will host the USA at the Aviva Stadium on Nov. 18 in Dublin. The match is the first meeting between the two nations since 2002, when Ireland beat the USA, 2-1, in front of 39,000 fans at Lansdowne Road.
U.S. Soccer has yet to officially confirm the friendly match, though a formal announcement is expected very soon.
The upcoming trip to Ireland is the second confirmed trip to Europe for the USMNT this fall, following a scheduled friendly match on Sept. 3 at the Czech Republic in Prague. The FIFA calendar has three open windows for international matches this fall. From Sep. 1-9, Oct. 6-14, and Nov. 10-18.
The Republic of Ireland are currently ranked No. 70 in FIFA’s World Rankings and feature a familiar face to American soccer fans in LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane. Ireland’s squad also includes a number of players plying their trade in the English Premier League, including Sunderland defender John O’Shea, the Everton trio of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, and Aiden McGeady, and Hull City forward Shane Long.
Four days before facing the USMNT, Ireland will be visiting Scotland in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match.
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