18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
The Eagles lost 37-14 to Munster 's upcoming Heineken Cup pool opponents, Clermont Auvergne , in Charleston, South Carolina last weekend.
"We are of course looking forward to this match," said McGahan. "Last year's trip proved very beneficial both in terms of the match itself and the subsequent season. While it's a great honour to play against international opposition this game also represents the ideal type of preparation ahead of the new season and we are looking forward to our trip to Boston."
And the new boss says the prospect of facing the international class of America is perfect preparation for the coming season.
This year's cup will also showcase the improvements being made to a young U.S. National Team following the Barclays Churchill Cup and ASM Clermont matches under the tutelage of new Head Coach Scott Johnson.
"We are extremely excited to be playing Munster in Hartford," said the Austrailian, who was Wales' head coach for a spell in 2006.
"There's no doubt that this will be an extremely physical match and I encourage all rugby fans to come watch what promises to be some very good rugby.
"Not only does this match allow us essential competition against Europe's top professional team, but we get to play in a great city where I have no doubt the community will come out and support both teams."
Munster will spend the week prior to the match in Boston, training at the Irish Cultural Center, while the Eagles will spend the week in New York, training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
MUNSTER SQUAD (v USA): T Buckley, B Carney, I Dowling, K Earls, J Flannery D Fogarty, B Holland, A Horgan, Denis Hurley, Darragh Hurley, J Hayes, M Horan, D Howlett, K Lewis, L Mafi, J Manning, M Melbourne, B Murphy, D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell, T O'Donnell, M O'Driscoll, R O'Gara, T O'Leary, J O'Sullivan, F Pucciariello, M Prendergast, A Quinlan, N Ronan, D Ryan, F Sheahan, P Stringer, R Tipoki, P Warwick.
Munster will welcome tournament debutants Montauban in Round 1 of Pool 1 of the Heineken Cup on Friday, 10 October.