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Feb 25, 2014

Ukraine-U.S. match moved to Cyprus

An international friendly between Ukraine and the United States next week has been moved from Kharkiv to Cyprus following weeks of violence in the Eastern European nation.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the change in venue on Tuesday. The March 5 match is the only game before the start of the Americans' pre-World Cup training camp in mid-May in which the full player pool is available.

At No. 18, Ukraine is the highest-ranked team that failed to qualify for the World Cup. In three previous meetings, all in the early 1990s, Ukraine beat the U.S. twice and tied once.

The Ukraine football federation on Tuesday said it granted the U.S. team's request to move the scheduled March 5 friendly from Kharkiv via the federation website.

The last time a friendly involving the U.S. team was canceled came three years ago, when a match against Egypt was scrapped due to the political unrest taking place in that country at the time.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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