World Cup: Ukraine announce roster ahead of March 5 friendly against USMNT
Ukraine’s roster for their March 5 friendly against the US national team features a handful of up-and-coming players from the Eastern European country’s Premier League.
Forwards Yevhen Konoplyanka and Roman Zozulya of FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and winger Andriy Yarmolenko from Dynamo Kiev, all three 24 years old, headline manager Mykhaylo Fomenko’s roster, according to the announcement on the team’s website.
Konoplyanka, who has eight goals in 35 international caps, has made news recently as a rumored transfer target of EPL giants Liverpool and Tottenham while Yarmolenko (No. 7, above) has also reportedly drawn interest from the Reds.
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Fomenko’s choices for Ukraine who, at 18th in the FIFA rankings, are the best team not to have qualified for the 2014 World Cup, also include 34-year-old former Bayern Munich midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, the country’s all-time caps leader with 131.
The match, originally set to be played in Kharkiv, has been moved to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus due to violence from protests that have occurred in the capital city of Kiev for the past several weeks. The US are 0-2-1 against Ukraine all-time, with the last meeting between the two coming in 1993.
Here is the Ukraine roster:
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rustam Khudzhamov (Illichivets Mariupol), Denis Boiko (FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
Defenders: Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk), Evgeny Makarenko (Dynamo Kiev), Yevgen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Artem Fedetsky (FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Andriy Pilavskij (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)
Midfielders: Oleg Gusev (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Roman Bezus (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Sergiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Mykola Morozyuk (Metalurh Donetsk), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Mikhail Galovs′kij (Metalist Kharkiv), Denis Dedechko (FC Vorskla Poltava), Anatoliy Tymoschuk (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Dmytro Homčenovs′kij (Zorya Lugansk)
Forwards: Yevgen Seleznyov (FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Marko Devic (Metalist Kharkiv)