Geoff Cameron (#20) could be on the United States roster when it travels to Ukraine for a friendly on March 5, 2014. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
CHICAGO -- The United States announced Thursday that it will travel to face Ukraine in an international friendly on March 5, marking the Americans’ first visit to the country for a match.
The game falls on the only international fixture date before the naming of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.
“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 falling France in a dramatic two-legged playoff, 3-2 on aggregate.
The Americans has never beaten Ukraine in three previous meetings, all on U.S. soil and within a span of 16 months. The first encounter took place June 27, 1992, as the teams dueled to a 0-0 draw in Piscataway, New Jersey. A pair of games followed the next year with Ukraine winning 2-1 on October 16 in High Point, North Carolina and 1-0 one week later in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The U.S. is currently in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of a month-long training camp and will face Korea Republic on February 1 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.