MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Juergen Klinsmann and the United States men's national team will look to end 2014 on a good note when they travel to Dublin to play the Republic of Ireland.
This match marks the ninth time these two countries have met on the field in a series dating back to 1924, although this will be the first meeting between the two countries since a 2-1 Irish win on April 17, 2002.
Ireland holds the overall advantage over the Americans in the series, going 4-2-2,
The U.S. has struggled grinding out results in the slate of friendlies since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where the Yanks reached the knockout stages for the second consecutive tournament. Outside of a win in the Czech Republic in August, the U.S. blew two 1-0 leads to Ecuador and Honduras on American soil in September for draws and then allowed Colombia to score a late goal at Craven Cottage in London last Friday for a 2-1 loss - the first under Klinsmann when the U.S. had a lead at halftime.
Ireland, meanwhile, is coming off a disappointing loss in European qualifying to fellow British Isle-nation Scotland, 1-0, in Glasgow last Friday as well, putting a dent in the Irish's start to the qualifying campaign that included a draw at the 2014 World Cup champion, Germany.
Both teams will be short-handed heading into the match as the MLS playoffs resume this upcoming weekend. Americans Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin went back to the New Revolution and Seattle Sounders, while Ireland's Robbie Keane, who boasts Irish records in goals scores and appearances, returned to Los Angeles to rejoin his Galaxy teammates.
Outside of those individuals, neither team is reporting any significant injuries.