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US-Ukraine soccer friendly to be moved to Cyprus

The United States men’s national team’s friendly against Ukraine scheduled to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine on March 5 will be relocated to Cyprus, according to a statement on the website of the Football Federation of Ukraine.

“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," US Soccer released in a statement. "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.”

Last Thursday, a Dynamo Kiev-Valencia UEFA Europa League game was also moved to Cyprus.

In recent weeks, Ukraine’s capital Kiev has become a battleground in a stand-off between president Viktor Yanukovych and a popular uprising. Violent skirmishes between government forces and the demonstrators have left a reported 82 dead.

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