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Ukraine vs US friendly on March 5 moved from Kharkiv to Cyprus

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CHICAGO - 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.

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