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USMNT to play November 18 friendly at Ireland

The U.S. vs. Ireland is on.

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The United States will square off against Ireland on November 18 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the Football Associaition of Ireland confirmed. The friendly will be played on a FIFA international date and both teams will be able to call up the best players from both countries.

The match was reported a month ago by various Irish outlets, but was not made official until today. The U.S. Soccer Federation has yet to confirm the match, but they are normally last to confirm matches.

This will be the first time the U.S. and Ireland have played since 2002, when Ireland beat the U.S., 2-1. That match, also in Dublin, was the Americans' final match before the announcement of the World Cup roster and saw Eddie Pope score for the U.S., but an 83rd minute goal by Gary Doherty won it for the Irish.

Ireland will be playing the friendly four days after a Euro 2016 qualifier so the Americans will almost certainly see close to their best team. The team has looked better since Martin O'Neill took over and have hopes of qualifying for the expanded Euros in 2016.

The U.S. may not have their best players. The November friendly dates come in the middle of the MLS Cup playoffs and, traditionally, the U.S. manager has elected not to call in many players on teams still alive. Even when the league has not scheduled matches during the friendly dates, the U.S. hasn't called in every MLS player that would normally make the team. With more and more of the U.S. team coming from MLS, it is possible that the squad Jurgen Klinsmann calls in to play Ireland is severely weakened, with Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez among those missing.

This is expected to be the final match of the year for the U.S. It is the last international date of 2014 and the Americans do not normally play friendlies in December. So far, they have a friendly against the Czech Republic scheduled for September 3, and they are expected to play two friendlies in October. They will also have the option of playing another friendly on November 13 or 14, before heading to Dublin.