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U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team To Play Friendly Against Ukraine

The starting 11 of the USA men's national team pose for a group photo prior to their international friendly match against the Korea Republic at StubHub Center on February 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

The starting 11 of the USA men’s national team pose for a group photo prior to their international friendly match against the Korea Republic at StubHub Center on February 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBSNewYork/AP) — The game is still on.

It looks as if the U.S. men’s national team will get to play Ukraine after all.

Wednesday’s friendly in Larnaca, Cyprus, appeared to be in jeopardy because of the upheaval in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. But the U.S. Soccer Federation said Monday night in an emailed statement that the game would proceed as scheduled.

Russian troops tightened their stranglehold on the peninsula Monday, openly defying the U.S. and the European Union and rattling world capitals and stock markets.

The friendly is part of the United States’ preparation for this summer’s World Cup.

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