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February 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

USMNT’s March 5 friendly against Ukraine moved to Cyprus

The Ukrainian soccer federation announced Tuesday that it has moved its March 5 friendly against the U.S. men’s national team to a neutral location in Cyprus.

This was at the request of the U.S. Soccer due to safety concerns in Ukraine.

Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey would be expected to be involved upon the end of his loan with Fulham — perhaps Brad Evans, as well, and maybe even DeAndre Yedlin. Those involved in the friendly, of course, wouldn’t be expected to play much of a role in Seattle’s March 8 season opener against Sporting Kansas City.

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Update: Here is a statement from U.S. Soccer

“After discussions with the Ukrainian Football Federation, we have decided not to play in Ukraine on March 5 and are planning to move the match to a city in Cyprus. We are in the final stages of discussions with Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association to determine the location and kickoff time. We hope to have confirmation on all the match details by Wednesday.”

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