US Soccer confirms USMNT-Republic of Ireland friendly in Dublin on Nov. 18
US Soccer officially announced on Tuesday that the US national team will visit the Republic of Ireland for an international friendly on Nov. 18 in Dublin, closing out a memorable 2014 calendar year for coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his men.
Kickoff at Aviva Stadium is set for 2:45 pm ET, with broadcast information yet to be confirmed. The Football Association of Ireland announced the match on Monday.
"We are absolutely thrilled to finish our work in 2014 with a game against Ireland," said Klinsmann in a statement. "They are consistently a difficult team to play against, and we welcome these types of challenges as we continue to move our team forward towards the Gold Cup next year."
Led by LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane (above), Ireland have been drawn into Group D of qualifying for the 2014 European Championship, along with 2014 FIFA World Cup champions Germany. The Irish will face Scotland in qualifying action four days prior to hosting the United States.
Keane serves as captain holds the all-time records for appearances (134) and goals (62) for Ireland, who were listed at No. 70 in the latest FIFA World Rankings.
The USMNT holds a 2-4-2 record against Ireland in a series dating back to 1924. This is the first meeting since April 17, 2002, in Dublin, where the Irish collected a 2-1 win.
Klinsmann's side has posted a 5-3-2 record this year and will also travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, the squad's first match since their Round-of-16 run in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Reports also have the US hosting Colombia in San Antonio on Sept. 9.