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U.S. Soccer: Wednesday's game is still on
by Paul Kennedy, March 3rd, 2014 10:55PM

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[UKRAINE-USA] Contrary to a statement from Anatoliy Konkov, the president of the Football Federation of Ukraine, that the Ukrainian national team wouldn't fly to Cyprus to face the USA in Wednesday's friendly because of the current crisis in Ukraine, U.S. Soccer said it had received confirmation that Ukraine would be traveling to Larnaca for the game scheduled to kick off at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) and air on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas.


Konkov's statement on Ukrainian television network ICTV :

"We cannot hold the national championship so what kind of football can we talk of at all? 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."

The Ukraine-USA game was originally moved from Kharkiv -- a pro-Russian city in eastern Ukraine -- to Larnaca in light of the violent response by police to protests in Kiev. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted and replaced by a pro-western government. The crisis escalated to a Russian occupation of the Crimean peninsula and Ukraine's mobilization for war.

Konkov is a former Soviet national team player who then went into coaching, spending time at six Ukrainian clubs in addition to teams in Russia and Azerbaijan. He also briefly coached the Ukraine national team in 1995.

The ongoing crisis came as the Jurgen Klinsmann continued to work his team of mostly European-based players in Frankfurt, Germany. That squad was reduced to 21 players over the weekend as Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud and Tim Ream all withdrew. (Jonathan Spector was a late addition.)



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  1. ROBERT BOND
    commented on: March 4, 2014 at 9:47 a.m.
    fifa's euros for diversity swap continues to sink like stuff on toast..how could they possibly think anyone except the most drunken fanatics would go to these secuity & political nightmares......did not go to UofSA because of crime, ditto for Brasil, would never increase the once & future cccp by one ruble(anyone hear the hard labor story those punk rockers got?)- & then an Islamic monarchy using slave labor........what will the drunks do about the last one? Just have to live long enough till the cup is back in civilization, otherwise Qattr looks the safest.......

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