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March 5, 2014
• Stadio Antonis Papadopoulos, Lárnaka (Larnaca)
Referee: L. Trattou
• Attendance: 1573
A. Yarmolenko 12'
M. Dević 68'
Poor showing for the USA, but almost expected with teh squad choices and the lack of form for some fo the top players. Plenty to work on in the coming months. Thanks for joining in.
90' + 3'
Shea turns back as the USA breaks forward, and that'll be that. 2-0 Ukraine is your final.
90' + 2'
Late corner for Ukraine.
Not much time left and this one really can't end soon enough for the USA. Much better in the second half, once again caught on the break, but at least some good times on the ball.
His second shot from the second corner is not as good.
Johannsson with the best look of the night for the U.S. rips a shot from the borner and it's cleared off the line.
Agudelo does well to hold the ball and Williams wins a corner.
Dempsey slips Shea in down the left and the cross is a terrible one.
Yellow CardClint Dempsey
Yellow CardRoman Bezus
Dempsey involved in a little scrap with Bezus. Calmer heads prevail and play will resume.
Whistle goes on a corner as Dempsey heads down and wide.
Danny Willams on the pitch.
Calamity of mistakes. Brooks with a poor/strange back header, shot from midfield catches Howard slipping and it's a corner for Ukraine.
Howard forced into another save. Good hit but he parries it away and the USA has the danger cleared.
Shea breaks down the left and cuts inside, but his final ball is lacking. Cut out and the USA will have to reload the attack.
Just onto the pitch, Devic sneaks through the back line, which is once again well out of position. It's like a carbon copy of the first goal. Howard makes the save, the striker has time to collect the rebound and rather than passing bangs it home himself. 2-0 Ukraine.
Yellow CardArtem Fedetskiy
Shea wins a foul with one of his first touches. Good spot for a cross for the USA.
First changes coming for the USA. Shea and Johannsson coming on for Castillo and Kljestan. Assumption would be that Johnson has gone back to left back and Dempsey will drop into the middle.
Danger for the USA, once again down the flank. Haven't figured out how to deal with those diagonal balls just yet. Picking up runners would help.
Cameron getting plenty of chances to cross, but the quality hasn't been the best.
Really a much better showing so far in this second half. For whatever reason the USA has finally found a few passes and Ukraine is struggling.
Jones with a great ball through to Dempsey who can't get the touch he needs before the goalkeeper is on top of him.
Good start to the second half for the USA. Dempsey and Altidore getting involved more, which helps, and Bedoya has looked good down the right. He has a go but spins it wide of the post.
Cameron and Bedoya do some nice work down the right, and Cameron gets a cross in for Altidore, who heads it over the bar.
Good chance for the USA. Kljestan, Altidore, Bedoya and Dempsey all involved, Bedoya has his shot blocked at the end and wins a corner.
Altidore and Dempsey not on the same page as the USA tries to mount an early attack.
Here we go for the second half. No changes at the half for the USA, just one for Ukraine, with Garmash coming off, which sounds good from a USA perspective.
That's it for the first half. USA really outplayed pretty convincingly there. Ukraine looked pretty sharp and broke forward well down the wings. More to come, likely including a good few changes. Stick around and we'll bring you the second half.
USA under pressure again. Howard finally collects and throws it out to Castillo who wins a foul.
Dempsey tries to get up and win it and it heads toward Cameron who can't turn it on goal.
A corner now for the USA, and these are real chances with the size in this team.
Bit better there. Dempsey to Johnson, plays it wide to Castillo and his cross is cleared.
Poor showing from the USA so far. Not all that shocking with the group on the pitch, but would certainly like to see more from Klinsmann's on the ball. So far the exchanges just haven't been quick enough or sharp enough to break down Ukraine's back line.
Maybe something to have from a free kick here for the USA. Dempsey lining up over it and now walking away. Bedoya whips in a decent ball but it's cleared and then collected as Jones throws it back into the box.
Cameron picked out by Jones and then wastes the cross.
Howard called into action again. Against Castillo toasted down the USA's left flank and it's far too easy for Ukraine on the counter.
Best move so far from the U.S. has Cameron whipping in a cross from the right that just missed Kljestan.
The USA is reallly struggling to deal with the wing play from Ukraine. Cameron has been better than Castillo, but Brooks was just asked to make a towering header to clear the danger.
Better from the USA over the last couple of minutes, keeping the ball and moving around, but also caught on the break after turning it over and Cameron had to get back and make a last-ditch play to clear the danger.
Every pass is just a touch off for the USA at the moment. More than a couple have missed by a matter of inches, breaking up any type of rhythm the team might have.
That really should have been a second goal. USA gets away with one on an offside call.
Not the start the USA was looking for. Yarmolenko gets the final benefit of the goal, but that developed quickly and the USA was caught too high up the pitch. Howard made the first save before the rebound was played across the face of goal and finished well.
There's a goal for Ukraine. Far too easy, the USA's center backs just picked apart.
Cameron makes his way down the flank and throws in a cross, a poorly hit cross at that, and the danger is gone. Good job by Altidore to set him on his way.
Some sloppy passing from the USA coming out of the back, but that's to be expected at times with a back four and midfield that can't be too familiar with each other.
Altidore comes in hard and is undercut as he leaps for a ball. Hard fall, but he's back up and moving.
Jones with a nice job to track back some 60 yards and win a foul for the USA, earning the ball back after a dangerous break from Ukraine.
Dempsey against looking for Johnson, again it's just off the mark, but that's what the USA will be looking for out of the captain - picking up balls and slipping them into dangerous spots.
Dempsey tries to slip Johnson in after Altidore wins the ball, but the pass is just off target. No real control for either team so far.
Cameron's first touch sends the ball directly out of play. Ukraine with an early throw deep in U.S. territory.
Alright, off and running in Cyprus.
Just over 10 minutes out from the start of this one. Maybe the biggest things to watch are the showings from Cameron and Castillo. You get the feeling that Klinsmann would like to be able to play Johnson on the left flank higher up the pitch, but maybe hasn't found his left back yet. For Cameron, the right back spot is an open race between several players, but he offers something different to the others in that he's very much a defense-first fullback. The strength of the USA's group will certainly require a strong showing from the back line, and maybe Cameron fits the bill better than a guy like Brad Evans, who spends more time as a midfielder at club level.
A little depth on the USA squad: Fabian Johnson will be playing in the midfield, leaving room at the back for Edgar Castillo. Joining Castillo will be Brooks, Onyewu and Cameron, who all have plenty to gain from a strong showing here. Dempsey and Altidore will lead the line, with Dempsey playing in behind the Sunderland striker. Both of them could very much use a goal right now. Sacha Kljestan, Alejandro Bedoya and Jermaine Jones round out the USA's midfield. So, in all, a pretty strong team to face a Ukraine side that certainly has some talent of it's own to offer.
For Ukraine: Pyatov (GK) Khachiridi, Tymoshchuk (C), Kucher, Yarmolenko, Zozulya, Konoplianka, Shevchuk, Rotan, Fedets'kyy, Garmash.
With that said, let's just directly into the lineups for the two side. First, for the USA: Howard; Cameron, Onyewu, Brooks, Castillo; Jones, Kljestan; Bedoya, Dempsey(c), Johnson; Altidore.
Hello and welcome in to Goal's LIVE call of the USA's visit to Ukraine, which will actually take place in Cyprus because of safety concerns in the original host nation. There were doubts that this match would even be able to happen, but even with all the political stuff going on the background, they game will go on. That's a great thing for many of the players involved in the teams today, those who are maybe on the outside for the USA and looking to earn a spot at this summer's World Cup. There are a few spots very much up for grabs in Jurgen Klinsmann's team, and today could do a lot of good for several players.
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