Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.
» The game is at 2:45 PM Eastern on ESPN2.
» Ireland is ranked #61 by FIFA and #36 by Elo, while the US is #23 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.
» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer. As for some random stats/facts:
The US is 2-4-2 all-time against Ireland, including a 0-4-0 mark in Dublin.
The US has scored exactly one goal in five straight games, the longest such streak in USMNT history.
Ireland is hosting a team from CONCACAF for the first time since beating Jamaica, 1-0, on June 2, 2004.
Nick Rimando has made 16 appearances for the USMNT, going 10-0-1 in his 11 decisions, including four shutouts.
The Colombia match was the first time that the US has lost when Jozy Altidore has scored (15-1-4). Hat tip to Grant Wahl on that one.
» As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann sent home Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin due to the MLS playoffs. He also sent home DaMarcus Beasley so he could deal with some personal matters in Mexico. And on Ireland’s side, Robbie Keane was sent back to the LA Galaxy due to the MLS playoffs.
» US Soccer’s website has a bunch of photo galleries up from the last couple of days: Being tourists in London, the game against Colombia and traveling/training in Dublin. They also have a small interview up with Rubio Rubin.
» Speaking of Rubin, he missed Monday’s training due to illness. Steve Cherundolo is in Ireland helping out/observing from the coaching side. The Mayor of Hannover is close to completing his UEFA A license. Klinsi suggested that Jordan Morris could make his debut. It also sounds like Nick Rimando will get the start between the sticks. Klinsi also talked about possibly playing in South America in the future.
» Some other USMNT tidbits from across the interwebs. DeAndre Yedlin’s passport Latvian situation is still up in the air. Mexico manager Miguel Herrera recently made some comments that a US-Mexico friendly could be taking place in April. The Guardian recently ranked the US-Mexico rivalry as the #8 greatest in international soccer. It looks like Graham Zusi is not taking part of this camp due to a foot injury. Based on your voting, Tim Howard would win 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year. And here is an interesting read on what goes into scheduling friendlies with the USMNT.
» The Shin Guardian has a “mini-preview” for you.
» As for my prediction, I am saying a 2-1 win by the US. Goals by Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya.