Ireland’s 2018 calendar looks just about complete, as the opponent for this summer’s firendly at the Aviva has been announced.
The Boys in Green will welcome the United States to Dublin on June 2nd, just days before the beginning of the 2018 World Cup.
BREAKING: Ireland to face the USA in an international friendly at the @AVIVAStadium on June 2 in a game that will be included in the 2017/18 FAI Season Ticket. ????
— FAIreland ⚽️?? (@FAIreland) February 9, 2018
The announcement comes just days after it had been confirmed that Ireland would face Poland in September and Northern Ireland in November, both of which will take place in between UEFA Nations League matchdays. The FAI had confirmed that one more friendly was to be lined up for season tickets holders in June, and that has now been revealed to be the US, now managed on an interim basis by Dave Strachan following the sacking of Bruce Arena at the end of 2017.
It will be the first time that Ireland will have faced the US since November 2014, when Robbie Brady struck twice in a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Jurgen Klinsmann’s experimental outfit. Indeed, of the nine times Ireland and the US have faced each other, the Boys in Green have suffered defeat on just two occasions – in 1992 and 1995 – both on American soil.