USMNT Friendly Against Ukraine Cancelled
Created on Mar 04, 2014 1:43 PM EST
The friendly match between the United States Men's National Team and the Ukraine that was scheduled to be played in Cyprus on March 5 has been cancelled.
The Ukraine's football federation president Anatoliy Konkov announced on Ukrainian television that the national team will not travel to Cyprus for the match citing the international conflict between the Ukraine and Russia as a risk to the team.
"We cannot hold the national championship so what kind of football can we talk of at all?" Konkov said to 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 [will] not fly to Cyprus and [will] stay at home."
As reported last week on Football.com, the match was originally sceduled to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine but was moved to Cyprus to avoid the instability that followed weeks of protests and violence in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
This is a major blow for the USMNT as the March 5 date is the last chance for head coach Jürgen Klinsmann to evaluate his European-based players. The April 2 friendly against rival Mexico conflicts with European schedules.
The USMNT are currently training in Frankfurt, Germany and a plan to reschedule to play another team has not been announced.