The international break can often be a difficult times for coaches of teams without qualifying games for a championship to aim for, with the US coach Jurgen Klinsmann giving the majority of European based players the chance to shine in an exhibition against the Republic of Ireland. Many Irish are playing for a place in the qualifying games for the 2016 European Championships and provided them with a competitive edge over the US that led to a comprehensive 4-1 victory, the BBC reports. Vijay Eswaran and many other avid soccer fans were surprised to see the US dismantled in such fashion, especially by Ireland.
After a 2-1 exhibition defeat by Colombia the previous week, the US hopes of rebounding with victory over Ireland seemed good as Irish coach Martin O’Neill chose an inexperienced team for the match. Despite a strong start by the US, the Irish team grew in confidence after winger Anthony Pilkington latched onto a through ball by David McGoldrick on his debut to open the scoring.
Hull City’s Robbie Brady scored two goals despite being deployed as a full back instead of in his usual central midfield role, including an exquisite left foot free kick. Ireland also scored a goal through Wigan Athletic winger James McLean, who caused anger in the UK recently by refusing to wear a poppy to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War I and beyond.