CHICAGO (Jan. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face Ukraine when the teams meet on March 5, marking the USA’s first visit to the country for a match. The match will be broadcast on ESPN and Univision networks and on ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the U.S. MNT on Twitter @ussoccer. The game location will be announced in the near future.
The game falls on the only international fixture date before the naming of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster, making this a huge opportunity for players hoping to be named to the squad for the tournament this summer in Brazil.
“Ukraine is a very talented team and was very unfortunate not to qualify for the World Cup,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “We want to continue to make statements that we can get results in games like these. Since this is our only chance to bring in all the players before the pre-World Cup training camp, this is a huge opportunity for them to make their case to be included on the 23-man roster for Brazil.”
At No. 18 in the world, Ukraine is the highest ranked team not to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It narrowly missed out after a thrilling playoff series against France. After winning 2-0 at home, the Ukrainians fell behind two goals in the first half, then had a player sent off just two minutes after the intermission. The team’s World Cup dream ended in heartbreak when an own goal in the 72nd minute sealed its fate.
The United States and Ukraine have met three times, all on U.S. soil and within a span of 16 months. The U.S. has never beaten Ukraine, holding a 0-2-1 record. The first encounter took place June 27, 1992, as the teams dueled to a 0-0 draw in Piscataway, N.J. A pair of games followed in October of 1993, with Ukraine winning 2-1 on Oct. 16 in High Point, N.C., and 1-0 one week later in Bethlehem, Pa.
The U.S. team is currently in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of a month-long training camp. The U.S. will face the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas, as well as ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.
More than 18,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game of 2014, which is one of only two games currently scheduled before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT).
Groups of 20 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.
The U.S. Men’s National Team was drawn into Group G along with Ghana, Portugal and Germany for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.