Report: Ukraine cancels U.S. friendly in Cyprus


So much for finding a change of venue.

Reuters reports
Ukraine have cancelled Wednesday’s friendly against the United States.

“We cannot hold the national championship, so what kind of football can we talk of at all?” Ukranian Football Federation President Anatoliy Konkov 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.”

The match, which was originally scheduled to take place in Kharkiv, was moved to the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus due to the political instability that is wreaking havoc upon Ukraine. It was the second such match to do so following Europa League encounter Dynamo Kiev v. Valencia.

For the U.S., finding an opponent to fill in for Ukraine becomes top priority. A FIFA date, March 5th allows the U.S. a last ditch opportunity to give one final look at their international talent pool ahead of the World Cup.

U.S. Soccer offered the following: “We have been in contact with the FFU and are awaiting final confirmation that the team is still planning to travel to Cyprus.”