Although Stephen Bradley may well have preferred to have use of his services last night, Shamrock Rovers' Graham Burke grabbed his first goal for Ireland tonight.
In a tie that signals John O'Shea's final international appearance, the 24-year-old Burke grabbed Martin O'Neill's men an equaliser after falling one behind to Bobby Wood's opener for the USA.
With neither of the teams poised to compete in this summer's World Cup in Russia, tonight's game at the Aviva Stadium will not go down as the most memorable post-club season friendly.
However, for Burke, its unlikely to be ever forgotten.
WATCH:@ShamrockRovers man Graham Burke bags his first International goal to make it 1-1 at the Aviva!
It's probably the easiest goal he's scored this season, but what a moment for the 24 year old!#IRLUSA #COYBIG #LOI pic.twitter.com/zi2sYRFjOd
— eir Sport (@eirSport) June 2, 2018
There was a huge swell of support for the former Aston Villa man after grabbing his first international goal.
— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) June 2, 2018
Everyone in Ireland bar the Lenihans are delighted for Burke.
— The Opel Jersey (@TheOpelJersey) June 2, 2018
The least Graham Burke goal you will ever see
— Mark McCadden (@markmccadden) June 2, 2018
I'm not great on stats but I'm sure Graham Burke must be the first League of Ireland player to score a goal for Ireland and get replaced before the restart.
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) June 2, 2018
Graham Burke becomes the first LOI player to score for Ireland since Shamrock Rovers' Ray Treacy in a 4-2 win over Turkey at Lansdowne Road in April 1978. He scored twice and missed a penalty. Rovers clubmate John Giles had scored the opening goal as wellhttps://t.co/eyTUaov4mH
— Karl Reilly (@HistoryLOI) June 2, 2018