CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2014) - The international friendly between the U.S. Men's National Team and Ukraine on March 5 will be played at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus. The match was previously set to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine, but changed location due to current conditions in the country.
"In conjunction with the Football Federation of Ukraine, we have decided to move the match on March 5 to Larnaca, Cyprus," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "We appreciate the efforts of the Ukrainian and the Cyprus Football Associations as we worked through this situation."
The game kicks off at 9 p.m. local (2 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the game on Twitter @ussoccer.
The U.S. will hold training camp in Frankfurt, Germany, before traveling to Cyprus the day before the match. The players will begin arriving into Frankfurt on Sunday, March 2.
“Finding a solution and moving the game outside the country and playing in Cyprus is fantastic for both of us,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “It’s definitely a very good ‘Plan B,’ and we very much appreciate it and say thank you to the Ukraine Federation and the Cyprus Federation.”
The last time the U.S. Men's National Team played an international friendly on neutral ground was against Poland on March 1, 2006, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where a goal from current U.S. captain Clint Dempsey sealed a 1-0 USA victory.
After the match against Ukraine, the U.S. will face regional rival Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on April 2. Kickoff for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the game on Twitter @ussoccer.
Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Phoenix area (including Fry's Marketplace), as well as the University of Phoenix Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).
Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.