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Keane among 27 players called in by Ireland ahead of USMNT friendly

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite his inclusion in the ongoing MLS Cup Playoffs, the Republic of Ireland are set to take on both Scotland and the U.S. Men’s National Team with their captain leading the charge.

Robbie Keane was one of 27 players called up to Ireland’s roster Monday ahead of a Euro qualifier against Scotland and a friendly against the U.S., which are set for Nov. 14 and 18, respectively. Ireland, who are currently 61st in the FIFA rankings, are set to convene for the team’s first training session Tuesday morning.

The 34-year-old forward has scored 65 goals in 135 international appearances while also adding 19 goals and 14 assists for the LA Galaxy this season.

Joining Keane on the roster are a slew of Premier League regulars, including Southampton’s Shane Long, Stoke City’s Jon Walters and Everton’s Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson.

Have a closer look at the Ireland roster below:

GOALKEEPERS: David Forde, Shay Given, Rob Elliot, Darren Randolph

DEFENDERS: Richard Keogh, Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, John O’Shea, Alex Pearce

MIDFIELDERS: James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady, Anthony Pilkington, James McClean, Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler

FORWARDS: Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick, Jon Walters, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Stokes

What do you think of Ireland’s roster? Which players will you be watching out for?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. OK, riddle me this: there are a ton of guys on this Ireland roster who are Premier League and most of the others are Championship.

    The USMNT can’t get guys into the Prem to save their own lives, and even our Championship-level guys have a hard time seeing the field at times.

    But even with the very experimental USMNT roster Klinsmann is fielding, I would still expect the USA to put the screws to Ireland, and pretty convincingly.

    The USMNT ranks anywhere from 25th to 15th in the world, and that’s probably a touch low; we seem to get the CONCACAF co-efficient re-ranking after every World Cup, and it’s getting harder and harder to explain why the USMNT and Mexico keep advancing into the Round of 16 when they supposedly aren’t that good, whereas alleged Euro powers like England and especially Italy keep washing out. Ireland right now sits 61st…also about right. I remember Portugal batting them around pretty convincingly in a warmup friendly in New Jersey right before the World Cup; it wasn’t close. And Portugal was extremely lucky to escape with a 2-2 draw against the USA in Manaus.

    If this isn’t a pretty clear indicator that Americans are devalued in Europe, I don’t know what is.

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      • The right MLS guys are. You have guys like Leonardo playing next to guys like Gonzo.

        All leagues are like that though, look at Ridgewell. The guy has hundreds of games in EPL or championship teams and he didn’t exactly fix the Timbers backline.

  2. USMNT players better be gentle with Keano. If he goes down, I’m defecting. I’m moving to Canada with all those Republicans who swore they’d move north if Obama won reelection. 😉

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