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By FRANCO PANIZO
The U.S. Men’s National Team will once again close out a calendar year with a friendly in Europe.
U.S. Soccer confirmed on Tuesday that the Americans will close out 2014 with a match against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Nov. 18. The game will be played at Aviva Stadium and give U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann another opportunity to look at players ahead of next summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“We are absolutely thrilled to finish our work in 2014 with a game against Ireland,” said Klinsmann. “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.”
The match will fall in the midst of the MLS playoffs, meaning some domestic-based players might not be able to participate if their clubs are still in the hunt for the MLS Cup.
It also is the latest in a string of end-of-year friendlies player in Europe. The U.S. closed out 2013 with a game in Austria, visited Russia the year before and traveled to take on Slovenia in 2011.
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