Republic of Ireland to take on Mexico in June

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Republic of Ireland to take on Mexico in June

Martin O'Neill's team set for a return to MetLife Stadium.
28th Feb 2017

The Republic of Ireland will travel to the United States this summer for an international friendly against Mexico in MetLife Stadium, New Jersey on Thursday, June 1.

The game will kick off what promises to be an exciting summer for Martin O'Neill's side as they will also host Uruguay in a 'Three' International Friendly on June 4 before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Austria on June 11 - both at Aviva Stadium.

"This is a brilliant match for us in our preparation for our World Cup qualifier against Austria," said 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 have played against Mexico four times - drawing three and losing once - and two of those have been on US soil, including the 1994 FIFA World Cup Group E game in Orlando.

Currently placed 17th in the FIFA World Rankings, Mexico are managed by Juan Carlos Osorio and are preparing for their own World Cup Qualifiers as well as, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which kicks off on June 17 in Russia and they are in Group A alongside the hosts, Portugal and New Zealand.

Ireland last played in MetLife Stadium in June 2014 when they took on Portugal, but the team has terrific history in New Jersey following Ray Houghton's famous goal against Italy at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

The game is set for a 20:00 kick-off (local time) and tickets will be released via Ticketmaster.com at 15:00 on March 1. Please note that tickets will only be available for box office collection.