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USA fall 2-0 to Ukraine

US Men's National Team vs. Ukraine
US Men's National Team vs. Ukraine
Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

On Wednesday, the U.S. Men's National Team fell 2-0 to Ukraine at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium at Larnaca, Cyprus, for a small crowd of 1,573. Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Devic each scored a goal for Ukraine.

For security reasons, the match was moved from Kharkiv last week.

“First of all, we want to give a big thank you to the Ukraine Football Federation and also the Federation of Cyprus for making this game possible," said head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "They really deserve a big compliment for making this happen with everything being very hectic these last few days with everybody involved. We are very glad we were able to get it done and have the opportunity to play this match tonight. On top of that, congratulations to the Ukraine for this 2-0 win."

Ukraine, the highest-ranked team (No. 18) not competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, challenged the USA defense from the start. The U.S. fell behind early in the 12th minute when its shaky backline disintegrated and allowed Yarmolenko to score. Ukraine struck against the run of play in the 68th minute whn Devic put away his rebound for the final 2-0 score.

The USA is now 28-11-7 under Klinsmann.

Howard made five saves for the USA and Ukraine's Pyatov had two saves for the clean sheet.

Klinsmann's starting back line featured Edgar Castillo, John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu and Geoff Cameron from left to right. Midfielders Sacha Klejstan and Jermaine Jones started alongside each other in Klinsmann's 4-2-3-1 formation and in front of them were Fabian Johnson, Clint Dempsey and Alejandro Bedoya, with Jozy Altidore up top.

Klinsmann made two substitutions in the 63rd minute, bringing in forward Aron Johannsson for Klejstan and Brek Shea for Castillo. Danny Williams replaced Jones in the 80th minute and forward Juan Agudelo entered the match for Altidore in the 85th minute.

Next up

The U.S. next faces Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Kickoff for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

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Scoring Summary:
UKR - Andriy Yarmolenko (Denys Garmash) 12th minute
UKR - Marko Devic (unassisted) 60

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-John Brooks, 2-Edgar Castillo (21-Brek Shea, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Dani Williams, 80), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 63), 23-Fabian Johnson;17-Jozy Altidore (19-Juan Agudelo, 85)
Subs Not Used: 4-Jonathan Spector, 6-Alfredo Morales, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Will Packwood, 18-Terrence Boyd
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

UKR: 12-Andriy Pyatov; 3-Yevhen Khachiridi, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk (capt.), 5-Olexander Kucher, 7-Andriy Yarmolenko; 8-Roman Zozulya (22-Marko Devic, 66), 10-Yevhen Konoplyanka, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk, 14-Ruslan Rotan (21-Edmar Halovskiy, 78); 17-Artem Fedetskiy, 19-Denys Garmash (15-Roman Bezus, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Denys Boyko, 2-Denys Dedechko, 9-Oleg Gusev, 11-Yevhen Seleznyov, 16- Serhiy Sydorchuk, 18- Mykola Morozyuk, 20- Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 23-Rustam Khudzhamov, 24- Eugene Makarenko, 25-Andriy Piliavskiy, 27-Dmytro Khomchenovskiy
Head Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko

Stats Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
UKR - Artem Fedetskiy (caution) 65th minute
UKR - Roman Bezus (caution) 84

Officials:
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Tim Howard