LARNACA, Cyprus On a night that gave a small contingent of Ukrainian fans an opportunity to wave their flags and unite amid a political crisis back home, their national soccer team eased past the United States 2 0 Wednesday in an exhibition game shifted from Kharkiv to a Mediterranean island nation 600 miles to the south.
But Devic scored after outrunning Fabian Johnson onto a headed pass from Roman Bezus inside the midfield circle and cutting the ball back to his left foot. Playing a day before his 35th birthday, Howard blocked the initial shot with a sprawling save, but Devic latched onto the rebound and slid the ball between Johnson and Brooks with a left footed shot from 15 yards.
He was paired in central defense with Brooks, a 21 year old with Hertha Berlin who showed his inexperience. defense failed on an attempted offside trap.
Yevhen Konoplyanka sent a looping pass from just before the midfield stripe to Denys Harmash, who split Onyewu and Brooks and trapped the ball at the top of the penalty area. Howard blocked his shot, but Harmash picked up the rebound Jordan Hat Black
Andriy Yarmolenko scored in the 12th minute and Marco Devic in the 68th as Ukraine exposed the shaky American central defense of Oguchi Onyewu and Anthony Brooks.
The match marked the last chance for American coach Jurgen Klinsmann to evaluate his Europe based players before he chooses his 23 man World Cup roster in mid May. He will use Nike Cap Sky Blue players mostly from Major League Soccer for an April 2 exhibition against Mexico at Glendale, Ariz.
A member of the 2010 World Cup roster, the 31 year old signed with Sheffield Wednesday in January after failing to appear in any games for Queens Park Rangers during the first half of the season in the second tier English League Championship.
spark at the start of the second half, and Jozy Altidore put an open header over the crossbar following a cross from Geoff Cameron.
The Americans play their World Cup opener against Ghana on June 16, face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal six days later and close the group stage against Germany on June 26. At 18th, Ukraine is the highest ranking nation that failed to qualify for the 32 team World Cup. It was eliminated by France last November in a two leg playoff, winning the opener 2 0 in Kiev but losing 3 0 in Paris.
been disrupted by political protests followed by Russia's military intervention. Players in both starting lineups bowed their heads as they stood on the field before the game for a moment of silence for the victims of violence in Ukraine.
The crowd at Papadopoulos Stadium, which has a capacity of about 10.000, was so small that players could be heard talking with each other during the game. Ukrainian fans sang their nation's anthem in the final moments.
Onyewu's only prior international appearances since June 2012 were last July 5 in exhibition against Guatemala and in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Cuba eight days later.
and squared the ball to Yarmolenko, his Dynamo Kiev teammate. He scored past Brooks into a virtually open net with a left footed shot from 6 yards for his 15th international goal. showed more Jordan Hat Black And Red
Ukraine's players linked arms on shoulders during their national anthem of their nation, which has Chicago Cubs Hats
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