U.S. Soccer says Ukraine match will go on as scheduled


The message from U.S. Soccer is loud and clear — game on.

Early Monday evening, a Reuters report claimed the U.S. Men’s National Team match against Ukraine would be cancelled.

The USSF countered that report with a late-night message of their own.

“The Football Federation of Ukraine confirmed that their team will travel to Cyprus and the match will proceed as scheduled,” the USSF said in a statement.

The chatter began as Ukrainian Football Federation President Anatoliy Konkov reportedly told ICTV, “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.”

Apparently, there has been a change of heart.

The match has already leaped several hurdles to get to this point. Originally scheduled to be played in volatile Kharkiv, the match was graciously moved to the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus. While Cyprus is experiencing it’s own political turmoil, it pales to the revolution happening in Ukraine.

The U.S. and Ukraine are scheduled to meet March 5th at 2 p.m. ET.