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USWNT 5, Japan 2: The SBI Breakdown

After the U.S. Women’s National Team’s defeat of Japan on Sunday, SBI has several takeaways from the team’s run through the Women’s World Cup.

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Andrea Pirlo officially joins NYCFC as Designated Player

New York City FC announced on Monday that it has signed Andrea Pirlo as its third Designated Player. Pirlo will join the club on July 21.

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane netted a hat-trick in L.A. Galaxy’s 4-0 win over Toronto, and his performance earned this week’s SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Bobby Wood stays put in 2. Bundesliga, signs with FC Union Berlin

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By MICHAEL PENG

Bobby Wood has found a new club, but he is staying in the 2. Bundesliga.

The 22-year-old striker, who scored consecutive game-winners for the U.S. Men’s National Team in its friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany last month, has agreed to a three-year contract with FC Union Berlin, according to a club release.

The signing comes on the heels of recent rumors that had Wood linked to a possible move to VfB Stuttgart of the Bundesliga, but that potential move didn’t come to fruition.

Wood, who was out of a contract prior to this deal, spent the second half of last season with FC Erzgebirge via loan from 1860 Munich. He scored three goals in nine appearances.

In total, Wood has tallied six goals and six assists through 59 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga.

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USWNT 5, Japan 2: The SBI Breakdown

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 16 long years, the U.S. Women’s National Team can finally lay claim to the title of Women’s World Cup champions.

Sunday’s demolition of Japan, spurred on by a Carli Lloyd hat-trick, cemented the USWNT’s place in history, snagging the team’s third star while ending a 16-year drought. At times tumultuous, both on and off the field, the U.S. reigned supreme, overcoming a team that was previously a major thorn in the USWNT’s side.

With Sunday’s victory, the 2015 team, with Lloyd and head coach Jill Ellis in particular, cemented their legacies in U.S. soccer lore while demonstrating the team’s dominance yet again as the world continues to close the gap.

Here’s a closer look at some of SBI’s takeaways from the USWNT’s 2015 Women’s World Cup title run: Continue reading »

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Must-See Goal: Carli Lloyd

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Late goal from Jewsbury leads Timbers to win over Earthquakes

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Through 90 minutes, it looked like the Portland Timbers were destined to settle for a home draw with the San Jose Earthquakes before Jack Jewsbury stepped up to snatch all three points.

Scoreless through regular time, Jewsbury provided the game’s lone goal in second-half stoppage time, leading the Timbers to a 1-0 win over the visiting Earthquakes on Sunday night.

Jewsbury’s goal came in the 91st minute, lobbing home a close-range shot off of a sloppy yet effective set piece.

Having earned a free kick on the edge of the box, Diego Valeri sent a ball into the box that took a deflection off Gaston Fernandez right in front of Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham. Jewsbury collected on the goal’s left side by lobbing a shot up and over a helpless Bingham and into the back of the net, earning the Timbers all three points. The goal is Jewsbury’s second stoppage time winner of the season. Continue reading »

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NWSL Week 11: A Look Back

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

The NWSL will welcome back its Women’s World Cup players this coming week, but first the clubs went through their last deprived weekend without their stars.

Results over the weekend were surprising, with the Portland Thorns finally recording a win, albeit over last-place Sky Blue FC, and FC Kansas City thumping the Washington Spirit. In the first of only three games played on Friday, the Western New York Flash grabbed a home point against the second-place Seattle Reign.

Here is a recap of the action around the league this past week.

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: LA Galaxy

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By MICHAEL WALLACE

Two former Liverpool teammates treated LA Galaxy fans this week, as Robbie Keane scored a hat-trick and Steven Gerrard was introduced to the home crowd for the first time.

With their new signing getting ready to go, the Galaxy thrashed Toronto FC, 4-0, to bounce back from a disappointing 3-1 loss to San Jose Earthquakes and earn honors as SBI’s MLS Team of the Week.

Keane scored twice before Gerrard’s halftime presentation and Sebastian Lletget tacked on an extra-time goal as LA’s offense thrived despite missing Gyasi Zardes due to international duty.

The Galaxy beat out FC Dallas, the Columbus Crew, and New York City FC for this week’s SBI’s MLS Team of the Week nod.

What do you think of Galaxy’s dominating display vs. Toronto FC? Think Gerrard’s impending debut will add to this form? Which team stood out to you this week?

Share your thoughts below.

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CONCACAF reveals framework for new reform in wake of FIFA scandal

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As ramifications continue from FIFA’s scandal, CONCACAF has announced changes to be made to the federation as a result.

CONCACAF revealed Monday that its executive committee has approved a new reform framework to begin the process of repairing its reputation.

The framework was introduced by a three-man committee that consisted of U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, Canadian Soccer president Victor Montagliani, and Mexico Football Federation president Justino Compean. The committee was formed following the indictments of former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and former CONCACAF Executive Committee member Eduardo Li.

“This Reform Framework reflects CONCACAF’s commitment to strengthening our governance, management, and operations,” the organization said in a statement. “These reforms are intended to apply best practices for sound corporate governance to CONCACAF’s business operations.

“In implementing the Reform Framework, the Confederation will demonstrate to its fans, sponsors, member associations and other stakeholders that CONCACAF is resilient and devoted to managing, developing, and promoting the game with accountability and transparency.” Continue reading »

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NASL announces TV deal with ONE World Sports

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By RYAN TOLMICH

First was a broadcast agreement with ESPN3 in the spring.  Now, the NASL has found a national television partner.

The NASL announced Monday that the league has entered a multiyear partnership with ONE World Sports. The deal makes the league available on national television for the first time, while the league’s current online streaming partnership with ESPN will continue.

ONE World Sports is estimated to be available in 30 million homes in the U.S., and will air one game per week live every Wednesday. In addition, the network will feature NASL This Week, a comprehensive highlight show, on Tuesday nights.

“Our new partnership with ONE World Sports is another significant step in our development as a top-tier sports enterprise,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. “ONE World Sports’ incredible production quality and growing viewership footprint make it an ideal network for our new ‘Game of the Week’ concept and weekly highlight show.

“Broadcasting is always evolving – perhaps never as quickly as the present,” Peterson added. “We have created a very competitive structure, and we’re taking a nimble approach to delivering broadcasts to our growing fan base in North America and around the globe.”

ONE World Sports, who has been a partner of the New York Cosmos, will first air the July 8 clash between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Carolina RailHawks as well as 13 further Fall Season games. Each team will feature at least once on the network.

Take a look at the full broadcast schedule for the NASL’s deal with ONE World Sports below: Continue reading »

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