According to a March 4, 2014 ESPN-FC report, Wednesday’s international soccer friendly schedule includes a free live streaming (Watch-ESPN) clash between Team USA versus Ukraine, which will be broadcast on ESPN2 with a TV start time of 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. CST/12 p.m. MST/11 a.m. PST).
With all the turmoil happening in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, this 2014 World Cup prep match was moved from Kharkiv to Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, Cypus, for security purposes.
“It’s a dangerous situation,” said Ukraine’s national (soccer) team captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. “We have our families, we worry but we hope that we can keep the peace in Ukraine as quickly as possible.”
Instead of canceling the match, like it was initially anticipated, both sides decided to honor the scheduled friendly at a neutral site with hopes of sending a message.
According to Tymoshchuk, this soccer squad is a “symbol of unity because players come from all over Ukraine,” and thus, the match with the U.S. has been christened “Peace for Ukraine”.
As stated above, this USA vs Ukraine 2014 soccer friendly can be seen live on ESPN2 and via Internet live stream by visiting Watch-ESPN. This program will not be limited to TV subscribers with access to Watch-ESPN, as it will be streaming live and free of charge on ESPN3 (click here).
Finally, soccer oddsmakers expect Team USA [+175] to run into a very tough Ukrainian [+130] side in this one. Las Vegas’ experts list the Americans as slight (money-line) underdogs, the odds of a draw equal +210, and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 2½ goals.
Don’t miss what is sure to be a highly competitive soccer match between Team USA and Ukraine. Watch this 2014 friendly by tuning to ESPN2 at the top of the hour (2 p.m. TV start time), or simply click on the link provided above 10 minutes before to view ESPN3’s free live stream free online (1:50 p.m. live streaming feed).