KRIS LINDSAY - Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The back line for the United States left much to be desired as the United States fell to Ukraine in Cyprus, 2-0.
Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and substitute Marko Devic scored on each side of halftime to give Ukraine the win after a tumultuous month for the Ukranian nation, while the Americans were never able to find the back of the net.
The disastrous game for the defense began in the 12th minute, as Ukraine slipped behind US defender John Anthony Brooks. Keeper Tim Howard made the initial save, but Yaramenko was able to tap in the rebound.
Ukraine had the ball in the back of the net just five minutes later, but defender Oleksander Kucher was judged to be just offside.
The United States once again nearly gave up a goal in the 33rd minute, if not for a heroic stop from Tim Howard in another one-on-one situation, where Geoff Cameron was caught ball watching.
Tempo increased in the opening minutes of the second half, as the United States searched for a goal. Alejandro Bedoya had a blast from just outside the 18 that flew just to the right of the goal after a poor clearance from Ukranian keeper Andriy Pyatov.
Ukraine put the game out of reach in the 68th minute, as Devic broke free slipping his second shot home as the initial shot was saved by keeper Tim Howard.
The USA will return to the field next month to take on Mexico in Phoenix in another friendly.