Ukraine Friendly Match vs. U.S. in Cyprus Back on After Conflicting Reports

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Update from March 3, at 10:17 p.m. ET:

Well, that didn’t take long. The United States Soccer Federation tweeted out that it’s been assured by Ukrainian officials that their national team will make the trip to Cyprus, and the friendly will go on as scheduled:

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Well, looks like the USMNT will have to wait a little longer to debut their glorified polos.

According to multiple reports, Ukraine have cancelled their friendly against the USMNT in Cyprus on Wednesday. Ukrainian Federation president Anatoliy Konkov was quoted saying the following: “We cannot hold the national championship so what kind of football can we talk of at all,” Konkov told a local TV station in Ukraine. “If we do not have an opportunity to play on home soil, why shall we go to Cyprus in those troubled times for your country? We play for our people and country. Our team do not fly to Cyprus and stay at home.” Although not yet confirmed, U.S. Soccer issued the following statement via twitter on Monday evening:

If the reports are true, it took them long enough to cancel the game. Sometimes there are more important things in life than football, this is one of these times. Ukraine should be focusing on their country right now, not a “friendly” match versus the United States. The question now is: Will US Soccer be able to find a new opponent with two days notice? Highly unlikely. If unable to find a new opponent, the USMNT’s next scheduled friendly is April 2nd versus rivals Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium. Ukraine’s Premier League also postponed the restart of the domestic championship after the mid-season break following Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea.  

Pedro Heizer

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