By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Women’s National Team are taking their World Cup title celebrations to the Canyon of Heroes this Friday.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the USWNT will be honored with a ticker tape parade in downtown Manhattan, with the parade beginning at 11 a.m. The parade route will take the USWNT through the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway that begins at Battery Park and ends at City Hall.
Anyone can attend the parade, and fans can sign up for a special ceremony at City Hall that will take place following the parade. Fans can sign up for the ceremony at this link here between 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday.
The USWNT join the likes of the New York Yankees, New York Mets, New York Rangers, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, and the astronauts from the Apollo 11 mission as teams and individuals who have been honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City.
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By IVES GALARCEP
The U.S. Women’s National Team snapped a 16-year drought on Sunday, capturing their first World Cup title since the memorable 1999 title team, and the latest episode of The SBI Show looks back at Sunday’s memorable victory.
Episode 220 of The SBI Show breaks down the U.S. Women’s victory against Japan, including Carli Lloyd’s stunning hat-trick performance.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the U.S. Men’s National Team’s recent win against Guatemala, and looks ahead at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, including the U.S. team’s opener against Honduras.
We also look back at MLS Week 18, and the opening weekend of the NASL Fall Season.
Give Episode 220 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:
By AARON CRANFORD
The commercial relationship between Traffic Sports USA and CONCACAF is no more, as the two mutually cut its business ties Tuesday.
CONCACAF announced that the federation has mutually agreed with Traffic Sports USA to end its Corporate Agency Partnership, with sponsorship rights to the next four editions of the biennial Gold Cup — which includes the 2015 Gold Cup — seven seasons of the CONCACAF Champions League and all other events organized by CONCACAF, including youth tournaments, Olympic qualifiers and Futsal, terminated as of today.
CONCACAF is currently in the process to select commercial rights partners and vendors for the future.
“CONCACAF and Traffic Sports USA have decided to part ways and dissolve their commercial rights agreement,” the federation said in a statement.
“Nonetheless, CONCACAF remains committed to organizing and executing best-in-class competitions for our member associations, fans, players, coaches, and sponsors, including the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.” Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Michael Bradley knows that Tuesday night will be special, but the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder also understands that the night will be about much more than his personal achievements.
The U.S. kicks off the 2015 Gold Cup Tuesday night (9:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1, UniMas), taking on a tough Honduras team to start play in Group A. For Bradley, that matchup presents the potential for his 100th cap, a real milestone on a road that has featured plenty of twists and turns.
Bradley calls that milestone”special”, one that he will cherish when the time is right. However, that time is certainly not Tuesday night, as the USMNT captain understands that the night is about moving towards a Gold Cup crown more so than his personal achievements.
“When you talk about pride and honor and responsibility, that only adds to it, but as I’ve touched on, this week at this point, I’m not making any more of that than there needs to be,” Bradley said. “We’re excited to get this tournament going. we’ve all been looking forward to it for a long time. It’s a big opportunity for us. It’s a big tournament and everybody’s mentality is to push and push so that, at the end of the month, we can be the ones holding up a trophy.
“They’re very hard to play against,” Bradley said. “So we’ll be committed to stepping on the field, and trying to be sharp and trying to push the tempo and getting after them and seeing if we can start [the Gold Cup] off with a good result.”
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By RYAN TOLMICH
For Omar Gonzalez and Greg Garza, Tuesday night’s Gold Cup opener represents so much more than just another game; it represents a homecoming.
The two Texans return to their home state as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team for Tuesday’s matchup with Honduras (9:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1, UniMas), the first for the USMNT at this summer’s Gold Cup.
Gonzalez’s return proves special for the Dallas native, who will feature in FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium, a site just 25 miles away from Garza’s childhood home of Grapevine.
For Garza, who has featured prominently with Liga MX’s Tijuana in recent years, the matchup presents him with the opportunity to play in front of family, an opportunity that has been few and far between in recent years. Save for some matchups with his youth teams and a trip to San Antonio earlier this year, Garza has rarely featured so near his loved ones, making his potential Gold Cup debut Tuesday all the more special.
“What else can you ask for, right? It’s a dream come true,” Garza said. “For me being home and having my family, my parents, my aunts and uncles, grandparents, everyone here to see me, I’m just really happy to be here.” Continue reading
By RYAN TOLMICH
After all of the missed deadlines and controversy that preceded his arrival, Frank Lampard is finally a member of New York City FC, and he couldn’t be more excited to finally get on the field.
Nearly a full year after signing with the club, Lampard is set to make his NYCFC debut this Sunday against Toronto FC, finally putting the much talked about Lampard-gate to rest by taking the field at Yankee Stadium.
Despite all of the controversy that came with his extended stay with Manchester City, Lampard wouldn’t quite say he regrets his time abroad. Rather, Lampard says that he is excited to make amends for any frustration the he has caused, with those apologies coming in the form of on-the-field successes.
“I’ve always been a very determined character and I think football and my career has always thrown out moments,” Lampard said in a press conference Tuesday. “Any player that has as long of a career as I’ve had will have moments and decisions, and I’ve learned that the only way to answer any question is on the pitch. For me, I’m not interested in looking backwards at all. I’m very, very excited to be here and I’ll try and make all my answers on the pitch in the coming months, this season and next season.
“It’s difficult to say I have regrets and look back with a negative feeling,” Lampard added. “My aim is to look forward now. I don’t know about regrets, but I am very excited to be here now to try and play my best football. I think we’re in a decent position in the league now, just short of the playoffs, where if we can put a little run together, and I hope to be a part of that. I won’t have any regrets at the end of the season when we hopefully have a successful year.” Continue reading