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NYCFC website features Andrea Pirlo player page

New York City FC set up a profile page for Andrea Pirlo on Tuesday that said the Italian midfielder had signed with the club on June 30.

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SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Carli Lloyd provided a goal and an assist in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 2-0 win over Germany in the World Cup semifinals. She earned SBI’s USWNT Woman of the Match award as a result.

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Lloyd leads USWNT to win over Germany to seal spot in World Cup final

The U.S. Women’s National Team knocked off Germany, 2-0, on Tuesday night to book a spot in the Women’s World Cup final.

Reports: Jordan Morris has surgery to repair stress fracture

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By FRANCO PANIZO

An inopportune injury has ruled out any chance of seeing one of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s most promising youngsters at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jordan Morris posted a picture on his Instagram on Tuesday with a caption saying that he was set to have surgery. Several reports came out in the following hours stating that Morris was going under the knife to repair a stress fracture in one of his legs.

While there is no official timetable for his recovery, the timing of the injury will make it highly unlikely he can recover from surgery in time to be one of the roster changes USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann can make to his Gold Cup roster after the group stage.

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NYCFC website features Andrea Pirlo player page

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NYCFC has yet to announce the signing of Andrea Pirlo, but the team’s website is ready for his arrival.

NYCFC published a player profile of Pirlo on its website late on Tuesday that said the legendary midfielder had signed with the club on June 30. Pirlo, who has been heavily linked with a move to the expansion MLS club in recent weeks and days, was listed as wearing his trademark No. 21.

The 36-year-old Italian has been seen in New York City in recent weeks, and was shown on the big screen at Yankee Stadium in NYCFC’s 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday. Recent reports have stated that Pirlo would be announced as the club’s third Designated Player as early as this week, which seems to be the case judging from the profile that is up on NYCFC.com.

Here is a screenshot of the webpage:

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SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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By RYAN TOLMICH 

Just moments after it looked like a Germany penalty kick would be the cause of death for the U.S. Women’s National Team, a spot-kick finish proved to be the moment that the earned the Americans continued life and a spot in the Women’s World Cup final.

Carli Lloyd was the author of that decisive goal, and her cold-blooded finish combined with her late assist led the USWNT to a 2-0 victory over Germany in Tuesday’s Women’s World Cup semifinal. Lloyd’s performance also earner her SBI’s USWNT Woman of the Match award.

Lloyd’s calm demeanor on her penalty kick allowed her to rocket home a shot just minutes after seeing Germany miss in the same situation on the other end of the field. Then, with the USWNT holding onto a slim one-goal lead, Lloyd turned provider and sealed the victory by feeding substitute Kelley O’Hara.

The goal gives Lloyd her third in as many games. She won SBI’s Woman of the Match honors over O’Hara, Alex Morgan and Morgan Brian.

What did you think of Lloyd’s performance? How impressed were you with her penalty kick? Which USWNT player stood out to you the most in Tuesday’s semifinal?

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Lloyd leads USWNT to win over Germany to seal spot in World Cup final

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After limping through a majority of the Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team saved its best performance of the tournament for the semifinal showdown against the world’s No. 1 team.

Carli Lloyd provided a finish from the penalty spot before Kelly O’Hara added insurance, as the U.S. grabbed a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in Tuesday night’s Women’s World Cup semifinal at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Lloyd’s winner, which marked her third straight game with a goal, came just moments after seeing a Germany penalty kick go wide.

With the victory, the U.S. advances to Sunday’s tournament final. The Americans will meet the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal match-up between Japan and England.

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Argentina punishes Paraguay, advances to Copa America final

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By AARON CRANFORD

For the third time in the previous four Copa America tournaments, Argentina will take part in the final, as the 14-time winner progressed against Paraguay, 6-1.

The Argentine stars shined in Concepcion, Chile, as Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero each tallied a goal in its rout of Paraguay. Two goals and an assist from Di Maria led the way for Argentina, who reach the final again after missing out in the 2011 edition of the tournament.

Marcos Rojo gave Argentina the lead in the 15th minute, and Javier Pastore blasted in the second twelve minutes later to give Argentina the quick two-goal advantage.

Paraguay would make the scoreline 2-1 in favor of Argentina at the break, but Di Maria’s brace, made possible by the awe-inspiring play of Lionel Messi and Pastore, a Sergio Aguero header and a late blast from Higuain sent Argentina into the final where it’ll meet host Chile. Continue reading »

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U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 Preview: New York Derby; California Clasico; and more

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By COLE KELLOGG

Derbies once again take center stage as the U.S. Open Cup moves into the tournament’s fifth round.

In the fourth round of the tournament, fans were treated to a number of intriguing matches that saw the Portland Timbers controversially beat the Seattle Sounders and New York City FC lose to the New York Cosmos in penalty kicks.

Another New York derby can be viewed as the most exciting matchup of the tournament’s fifth round. With the Cosmos running away with the NASL spring season title, and the New York Red Bulls putting its first MLS series against NYCFC to bed on Sunday, both teams are coming in on emotional highs.

Meanwhile, the the west coast boasts a derby of its own as the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes collide for the second California Clasico in less than a week.

Elsewhere in this round of Open Cup games are six all-MLS affairs and one other inter-league matchup between the Chicago Fire and Charlotte Independence. The Philadelphia Union face D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo play the Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City take on FC Dallas, Orlando City play the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake take on the Portland Timbers.

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Women’s World Cup: USA vs. Germany (SBI Live Commentary)

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. Women’s National Team is just one step away from the finals of the Women’s World Cup, but standing in their way Tuesday will be the best team in the world.

After dispatching China in the quarterfinals, the U.S. takes on Germany in Tuesday’s semifinal, pitting the world’s top two teams against one another. Led by the tournament’s two top scorers in Celia Sasic and Anja Mittag, Germany presents the biggest test that the U.S. has faced to this point.

The USWNT will be bolstered by a pair of returns, though, as Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holliday both return to the lineup after serving suspensions last time out.

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 live commentary is after the jump):

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Report: Galaxy in discussions to sign Giovani Dos Santos

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After years of rumors linking him with a move to the league, Giovani Dos Santos has reportedly found himself a serious suitor in MLS.

Reports out of Spain state that the Mexican star is currently in discussions with the LA Galaxy. The reports state that the transfer fee for the Mexican playmaker, who plays for Villarreal, would be somewhere around $7.84 million.

Dos Santos is reportedly guaranteed to depart Villarreal after a frustrating season that saw him score just six goals and provide seven assists in 40 appearances. The 26-year-old attacker has also reportedly drawn interest from Liga MX’s Tigres, although Dos Santos prefers not to move to a Mexican club.

Should the Galaxy make a move for Dos Santos, it would need to find a way to him on its roster. He likely would require a Designated Player salary, but LA has all three of its current slots filled with Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez, and the incoming Steven Gerrard.

One possible solution could come via the introduction of the league’s long-rumored core player rule. Given the flexibility to add a fourth big-money player, the Galaxy could add Dos Santos to their roster. Continue reading »

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