USA-Ukraine friendly still on schedule, says U.S. Soccer official

The U.S. national team's upcoming friendly against Ukraine is still scheduled to be played despite deadly clashes in Kiev, a U.S. Soccer official confirmed to Goal USA on Tuesday.
Deadly clashes between police and government protestors in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev have put the upcoming USA-Ukraine friendly in jeopardy, but a U.S. Soccer spokesman has confirmed to Goal USA that the match is still on schedule to be played.

"We are in communication with the State Department and are monitoring the situation in Ukraine," said U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe. "We are still planning on playing the game on March 5."

The U.S. national team works with the State Department and local government officials when planning all away games, and Tuesday's events have not led to the cancellation of the friendly. The match is scheduled to be played in Kharkiv, which is located about 300 miles away from Kiev, where the outbreak of violent clashes has seen several protestors killed.

With two weeks to go until the friendly, there is still a possibility the match could be abandoned if violence spreads outside of Kiev.

If the match is cancelled, it would mark the second U.S. national team friendly cancelled amid government protests. In 2011, a friendly with Egypt was cancelled amid political unrest in Cairo which eventually led to the downfall of the Egyptian government.