Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv to host USMNT vs. Ukraine

Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv to host USMNT vs. Ukraine

U.S. Men's National Team

Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv to host USMNT vs. Ukraine

MetalistStadium2 (Reuters)

By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men’s National Team now know where they’ll take the field when they face Ukraine on March 5.

On Wednesday, the Ukraine Football Federation chose to play the friendly match at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in the eastern portion of the UEFA nation. The 40,000 seat stadium was used during the 2012 European Championships and was the site of three matches in the tournament.

It’s also the home of Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv, who are regular participants in UEFA’s Europa League and or the Champions League. Last season the club finished in second place in the Ukrainian Premier League.

Ukraine are currently ranked No. 18 in FIFA’s World Rankings, the highest for a nation that didn’t qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The USMNT has only played Ukraine three times in history, all in the early 1990s. Ukraine won two and drew one.

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