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SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Carli Lloyd was the clear SBI USWNT Woman of the Mach after scoring three early goals to help the U.S. Women’s National Team lift the World Cup in a 5-2 win over Japan.

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USWNT thrashes Japan to claim third Women’s World Cup crown

The U.S. Women’s National Team captured the team’s third Women’s World Cup crown via an offensive onslaught in Sunday’s victory over Japan.

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Women’s World Cup Final: SBI Live Commentary

Follow along as SBI provides live commentary of Sunday night’s Women’s World Cup finale that pits the U.S. Women’s National Team against reigning champions Japan.

SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One goal in three minutes. Two in five. Three in 16.

The U.S. Women’s National Team ended nearly two decades of frustration by lifting the World Cup trophy on Sunday, and Carli Lloyd played a huge part in making it happen with her early hat-trick in the impressive 5-2 victory.

Lloyd scored three times inside the first 16 minutes at BC Place, including on a gutsy floated effort from near midfield, to help set the tone as the Americans won their first World Cup since 1999. The impressive goal-scoring performance from the veteran midfielder marked the first time a player scored a hat-trick in a Women’s World Cup final and earned Lloyd SBI’s USWNT Woman of the Match award.

Lloyd netted in the third and fifth minutes with finishes off of set pieces before burying an audacious effort from distance in the 16th minute, effectively putting the game out of reach and giving the Americans their third World Cup trophy in a rematch of the 2011 Final .

Lloyd beat out fellow U.S. veterans Lauren Holiday and Becky Sauerbrunn for the accolade.

What do you think of Lloyd winning SBI’s honors? Agree that she was the clear-cut winner? How clutch do you rate her performance?

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USWNT thrashes Japan to claim third Women’s World Cup crown

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a 16-year wait since its last Women’s World Cup triumph, the U.S. Women’s National Team claimed a third star in spectacular fashion on Sunday night.

Led by a hat-trick from Carli Lloyd within the first 16 minutes, the U.S. rode four first-half goals to throttle reigning champions Japan, 5-2, in Sunday night’s Women’s World Cup final.

With the victory, the USWNT avenged the team’s 2011 penalty kick loss to Japan while also claiming the team’s first Women’s World Cup trophy since 1999.

Generally pushed on by a stout defense throughout the entire tournament, it was the U.S. attack that led the way in Sunday’s finale.

It took just three minutes for Lloyd to push the U.S. in front, finishing on a set piece to start the U.S. onslaught. After earning a corner in the third minute, the ball was played short through the box, allowing Lloyd to dart towards the penalty spot and finish first time for her first goal of the evening. Continue reading »

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Women’s World Cup Final: SBI Live Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 16 long years, the U.S. Women’s National Team has the chance to add star number three in Sunday night’s Women’s World Cup final (7 p.m., Fox).

The USWNT’s chance for a third Women’s World Cup crown comes against a familiar foe, Japan, the very same team that denied the U.S. in the 2011 finale. Entering riding a victory over top-ranked Germany, the U.S. heads into Sunday night’s matchup with the chance for revenge and an opportunity to claim the team’s first World Cup crown since 1999.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s match so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s commentary is after the jump):

 

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Kaka draws controversial red card as Orlando City ties RSL

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Orlando City star Kaka scored a beautiful goal on Saturday night, it didn’t exactly come as a surprise. It was the red card that ended his night that was the far more surprising development in Orlando City’s visit to Utah.

Orlando City and Real Salt Lake played to a 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium, but it was Kaka’s controversial ejection that drew more headlines than either of the actual goals scored.

Referee Storin Stoica sent Kaka to an early shower in the 45th minute after a hard challenge on RSL midfielder Javier Morales that sent Morales crashing to the turf. Kaka’s momentum forced him to step on Morales as he stumbled, which Stoica apparently deemed worthy of a red card, the second straight red card of Kaka’s professional club career, and first in a dozen years.

Orlando City managed to avoid defeat despite playing down a man for the entire second half, earning a previous road point that keeps the club with just one loss in eight matches.

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Dempsey addresses referee incident, USMNT captaincy situation

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey is not dwelling on the past nor is he concerning himself too much with losing the captain’s armband.

Instead, he is focusing on helping the U.S. Men’s National Team any way he can.

Dempsey played in his first competitive game in nearly two-and-a-half weeks on Friday, helping the Americans defeat Guatemala, 4-0, in their final CONCACAF Gold Cup tuneup. But the friendly marked more than just his return to action for either club or country, as Dempsey did not serve as the U.S. captain for the first time in two years.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann took the armband away from Dempsey and gave it to veteran midfielder Michael Bradley earlier this week. The decision was not entirely surprising given Dempsey’s recent run-in with a U.S. Open Cup referee and is one that the 32-year-old forward understands and has no resentment about.

“It’s cool,” said Dempsey after the victory at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. “Michael is a great leader, he deserves to be captain, and for me, I’m just excited to be part of the team that is trying to push to win the Gold Cup and be a part of the Confederations Cup.

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USMNT not pleased with performance in lopsided victory over Guatemala

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The blowout scoreline was something the U.S. Men’s National Team was proud about.

The performance? Not so much.

The U.S. wrapped up its CONCACAF Gold Cup preparations on Friday night by recording a 4-0 victory over Guatemala at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Three different Americans found the back of the net in the friendly, but those tallies came only after Carlos Castrillo scored an ugly own goal in the 20th minute of a poor first half for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

For large stretches in the opening stanza, Guatemala looked the team more comfortable in possession. The Americans had their moments, but looked largely out of sync when they had the ball. Jozy Alitdore even had a poorly-taken penalty kick saved in the 18th minute, a play that was symbolic of the U.S.’s rough opening 45 minutes.

Things improved in the second half for the U.S., but the overall showing still was not good enough for a nation that is looking to successfully defend its Gold Cup title this month.

“I’m not happy with that performance,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “I’m kind of disappointed with a couple things: movement off the ball, speed of play, urgency. Things that we talked about before were not executed the way we wanted them to be executed.

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Familiar foes USWNT, Japan meet again in World Cup final match

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If the U.S. Women’s National Team is to snap its 16-year run without a World Cup , it will have to do so against a very familiar foe. The same foe that snatched the tournament trophy away from the Americans’ fingertips four years ago.

The U.S. will meet Japan in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, marking the third straight meeting in a championship game between the two nations. The Americans most recently beat Japan in the final at the 2012 Olympics, but it was pain from the defeat they suffered one year prior at the World Cup that still resonates.

The U.S. had Japan on the ropes twice in that final, but allowed the Japanese to score late goals, including three minutes before the end of extra time. If that was not enough heartbreak for the Americans, the ensuing penalty shootout surely was. The U.S. missed its first three attempts and wound up losing, 3-1, after four rounds of penalty kicks.

The World Cup dreams had been crushed, but now the U.S. has a shot at making amends.

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The SBI Show: Episode 219 (Previewing USWNT-Japan, USMNT-Guatemala and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 4th of July weekend is a special one or American soccer fans, as one national team prepares to try and defend a title, and another attempts to win its first one in 16 years.

Episode 219 of The SBI Show previews the Women’s World Cup final, which will pit the U.S. Women’s National Team against Japan in a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final, won by the Japanese.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the U.S. Men’s National Team’s friendly against Guatemala on Friday, and what we should expect from Jurgen Klinsmann’s team in its final Gold Cup tune-up match.

We also discuss the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16, and preview MLS Week 18.

Give Episode 219 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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