Report: USMNT to play road friendly at Republic of Ireland in November
According to a report in the Irish newspaper The Independent, the US national team will face the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin on Nov. 19.
The US are already scheduled to take on the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in their first match after the World Cup, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has apparently added another European road game to the schedule.
Since Klinsmann took over, the US have played away against Belgium, France, Slovenia, Italy, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Scotland, Austria and Ukraine, posting a 3-4-2 record with wins at Slovenia, Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The match has not yet been confirmed by either the Football Association of Ireland or US Soccer, but if the report is accurate, the contest is likely to be played at Aviva Stadium (pictured), which opened in 2010 on the site of Lansdowne Road, the national team's long-time home and the venue for the previous meeting between the US and Ireland.
That game was in April 2002 during the run-up to the World Cup and produced a 2-1 Irish win in a driving Dublin rainstorm despite an Eddie Pope goal for the US. The teams also played to a 1-1 tie in Foxborough, Massachusetts in the 2000 US Cup. Before that, their previous meeting was the last US win in the series, a 2-1 triumph in the 1996 US Cup, also in Foxborough, on goals from Tab Ramos and Claudio Reyna.
Ireland, led by LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane and coached by former Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill, have not reached the World Cup since 2002, famously losing a playoff to France (with help from Thierry Henry's hand) in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and finishing fourth behind Germany, Sweden and Austria in their UEFA qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup.
The Irish did, however, reach Euro 2012 after beating Estonia in a playoff, only to go 0-3 against Croatia, Spain and Italy at the tournament itself.
In qualifying for Euro 2016, which starts this fall, Ireland have been grouped with Germany, Poland, Scotland, Georgia and debutants Gibraltar. The friendly against the US would come four days after a highly-charged match against Scotland at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
Keane is Ireland's record capwinner and goalscorer, with more than 130 caps and more than 60 goals in international competition.