Tuesday 27 June 2017

Martin O'Neill's Ireland set to take on Mexico in New Jersey this summer

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The FAI are in advanced negotiations to play a friendly with Mexico in New Jersey on June 1.

Martin O'Neill's team could start their summer gathering with a trip to the United States for a profitable showdown with Mexico at the Metlife Stadium - the ground located next to where the old Giants Stadium was located.

Ireland play Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday June 4 as the warm-up for the World Cup qualifier with Austria in Dublin seven days later.

And the Mexican game would function as the kick-off to preparations for that important fixture. O'Neill has already managed Ireland at the venue after suffering a heavy defeat to Portugal in the summer of 2014 as they tuned up for the World Cup in Brazil.

That was the Derryman's first extended period with the group and his travelling party was missing a number of major players.

The combination of the Mexican and Irish communities would guarantee a big crowd for the game with these friendly meetings generally organised by third parties who would pay the respective associations a flat fee for their involvement.

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