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Chile downs Argentina in penalties to lift first Copa America title

For the first time in Copa America history, Chile is champion after defeating Argentina in penalties on home soil.

Jul 3, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; USA defender DeAndre Yedlin (2) controls the ball against Guatemala defender Wilson Lalin (4) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. USA won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

USMNT not pleased with performance in lopsided victory over Guatemala

The U.S. Men’s National Team may have won its last Gold Cup tuneup, 4-0, but head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his players were not pleased with the performance.

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

The Copa America final commences with Chile trying to make history against Argentina, England and Germany battle for third in the Women’s World Cup, and July 4 wraps up with MLS action.

Chile downs Argentina in penalties to lift first Copa America title

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By AARON CRANFORD

For the first time in Copa America history, Chile is champion after defeating Argentina in penalties on home soil.

After an intense 120 minutes of play, which saw 49 fouls called and six yellow cards shown, Chile defeated Argentina, 4-1, in penalty kicks, with Lionel Messi being the only Argentine to score from the spot in Santiago, Chile. Alexis Sanchez would be the star to step up and score the winning tally, netting a Panenka penalty before pulling off his shirt to celebrate with his teammates.

From the opening whistle, both sides played a fast-paced, frenetic game, with Argentina and Chile coming close to netting the first of the final early on. Sergio Aguero forced Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo into a save on the line, while Arturo Vidal had a chance that was parried away by Sergio Romero. Continue reading »

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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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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By ADAM TROXTELL

South America awaits for a champion to be crowned.

Few will anticipate today’s final more than hosts Chile, who could see their national team lift the Copa America trophy for the first time ever against 14-times champion Argentina. La Albiceleste is looking for a continental trophy to make up for a narrow loss in the World Cup Final last summer.

Argentina last won the Copa America in 1993, but history is on their side. That year was the first time in competition history in which neither Brazil nor Uruguay made the last four, and the same thing happened in this year’s edition.

Elsewhere, the England women try to put a heartbreaking semifinal loss to Japan behind them in the third-place game against Germany in the Women’s World Cup. The bar has already been raised for England, as this is the farthest they have ever gone in the tournament.

MLS action is on tap for the July 4 weekend. The Columbus Crew seeks revenge from an earlier defeat at home against the New York Red Bulls, while fourth place LA Galaxy battles third-place Toronto FC.

If you will be watching any of today’s action, feel free to leave your thoughts, opinions, and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):

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Dynamo, Fire settle for tie in Houston

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo both went into their Friday night showdown in desperate need of victories after recent prolonged slumps, but neither could manage to grab all three points.

A Patrick Nyarko goal in the 72nd minute provided the equalizer and helped the Fire earn a 1-1 road draw against the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Nyarko latched onto a dangerous cross into the penalty area from Greg Cochrane and beat Dynamo back-up goalkeeper Joe Willis from close range to help the Fire snap a four-match losing streak. Continue reading »

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Happy 4th of July from SBI Soccer

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It is the Fourth of July, the day to celebrate our country’s independence, as well as to enjoy a holiday.

As many of you enjoy your trips to the beach, the park and the grill, today will offer a good slate of MLS matches, as well as the Copa America final, to help satisfy those of you with soccer cravings.

We here at SBI are enjoying the holiday as well, and will be taking it easy today. That said, be sure to look for coverage of tonight’s MLS action, as well as other updates later in the day for those in need of some soccer news.

Have a Happy Independence Day.

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USMNT cruises past Guatemala in Gold Cup tuneup

 

By IVES GALARCEP

It didn’t start out as the prettiest of matches, but a much stronger performance in the second half helped the U.S. Men’s National Team complete its final Gold Cup tuneup in promising fashion.

After a sloppy first half that produced just one own goal, the U.S. scored three unanswered goals to cruise to a 4-0 victory against Guatemala in front of a sellout crowd at LP Field in Nashville.

A Clint Dempsey penalty kick, a Timmy Chandler blast from distance and a Chris Wondolowski tap-in off a beautiful Gyasi Zardes run helped the Americans overwhelm the Guatemalans after a first half that saw the U.S. struggle to create good chances.

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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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By AARON CRANFORD

In front of a record-setting crowd in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. Men’s National Team captain Michael Bradley led the charge in a dominant 4-0 display against Guatemala.

Bradley controlled the midfield, orchestrating attacks and forcing fouls in key areas in the final third en route to helping secure the victory, and helping him earn SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors for the fourth straight match.

While Bradley won’t appear on a score sheet for a goal or assist, his surging runs toward goal were, at times, only stopped by Guatemala players tripping up the U.S. captain.

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