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US Says Friendly Match With Ukraine Is On For Wednesday

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(credit: Mark Yesilevskiy/ Stars and Stripes FC)

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   CHICAGO (CBSLA.com/AP) — It looks as if the U.S. men’s national team will get to play Ukraine after all.

Wednesday’s friendly in Larnaca, Cyprus, appeared to be in jeopardy because of the upheaval in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. But the U.S. Soccer Federation said Monday night in an emailed statement that the game would proceed as scheduled.

Russian troops tightened their stranglehold on the peninsula Monday, openly defying the U.S. and the European Union and rattling world capitals and stock markets.

The friendly is part of the United States’ preparation for this summer’s World Cup.

The situation in Ukraine, meanwhile, seems to be continuing to escalate. As Russian troops multiply in the Ukrainian peninsula, the U.S. and other western nations continue to discuss economic sanctions on the Russian Federation.

The match is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN 2.

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