Ukraine Cancels Friendly Against United States Men’s National Soccer Team
UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, the US Soccer Federation has reported that the game is back on. See the updated article.
In a blow to the United States Men’s National Team preparations for World Cup 2014, Wednesday’s friendly game between Ukraine and the United States has been cancelled by Ukraine. The USMNT will now have to wait to debut the USMNT 2014 World Cup home uniform.
Ukraine cancelled their soccer friendly against the USMNT in Cyprus on Wednesday according to national football federation president Anatoliy Konkov.
“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,” Konkov told the ICTV channel.
The friendly, which was scheduled to take place in Kharkiv, was moved to Cyprus two weeks ago due to Ukraine’s unstable political situation.
The USMNT friendly isn’t the only sporting event that has suffered in Ukraine in past weeks. Ukraine’s Premier League also postponed the restart of the domestic championship after the mid-season break following Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea.
The next scheduled friendly for the USMNT is April 2nd at University of Phoenix Stadium in a match versus Mexico.