New Jersey to host Ireland-Mexico friendly in June

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland will take on Mexico in June as part of their preparation for their World Cup qualification game against Austria.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) confirmed that the friendly will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, United States, on June 1, just three days before the Boys in Green host Uruguay in a friendly and 10 days before the qualifier against Austria, which also takes place at Lansdowne Road.

“This is a brilliant match for us in our preparation for our World Cup qualifier against Austria,” said Ireland boss O’Neill.

“Mexico in the United States couldn’t be much tougher but it’s exactly what we want. We have another game against Uruguay a few days later at the Aviva Stadium before the Austria game the following week.

“The players who may not have played for a while after their club season has ended will, I’m sure, relish the opportunity to play against such quality opposition.”

Ireland previously played two friendly games in the United States in 2014, drawing 1-1 with Costa Rica in Philadelphia before succumbing to a heavy 5-1 defeat against Portugal in New Jersey.

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