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USMNT cruises past Guatemala in Gold Cup tuneup

Clint Dempsey, Timmy Chandler and Chris Wondolowski scored goals to help lead the Americans to a comfortable 4-0 win against Guatemala on Friday night in Nashville.


USMNT vs. Guatemala: SBI Live Commentary

The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Guatemala in Nashville in their final Gold Cup tuneup match. Join SBI for live commentary on tonight’s action.

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Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

Paraguay and Peru meet in the third-place match in Concepcion, two MLS games kick off and the USMNT hosts Guatemala Friday evening.

USMNT cruises past Guatemala in Gold Cup tuneup

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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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Evening Ticker: Chelsea signs Falcao on loan; Podolski nears Galatasaray move; and more

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Chelsea cruised to an English Premier League title this past season season, scoring 73 goals in the process, and its attack appears to only be getting stronger as the club announced the signing of Radamel Falcao on loan.

After spending a year on loan with EPL rival Manchester United, the Colombian striker is ready to return to England for another season after A.S. Monaco has agreed to loan him to Chelsea for the upcoming 2015-16 campaign.

“I am very happy to be joining Chelsea,” the 29-year-old striker said in a club statement, “and can’t wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe.’

Falcao only tallied four goals in the 2014-15 season for the Red Devils, but will find more familiar faces at Chelsea, as he joins Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado on the squad and reunites with former Atletico Madrid teammates Thibaut Courtois, Felipe Luis, and Diego Costa.

While not explicitly part of the deal, A.S. Monaco also announced Friday that it has signed Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic on a season-long loan.

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USMNT vs. Guatemala: SBI Live Commentary



The U.S. Men’s National Team will play its final tuneup match before the CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight when it takes on Guatemala (7pm, Fox Sports 1).

Jurgen Klinsmann will be trotting out a mostly first-choice lineup tonight as he looks for the right combination to turn to when the Gold Cup begins on Tuesday with an opening match against Honduras.

The U.S. will be entering with momentum after posting a pair of impressive wins against the Netherlands and Germany, and Klinsmann is calling on many of the players who took part in this wins. Mix Diskerud earns the start tonight ahead of Kyle Beckerman, while DeAndre Yedlin gets the nod for Alejandro Bedoya, who projects to be a starter when the Gold Cup begins.

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.

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Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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Both Paraguay and Peru may have come up just short of Copa America glory, but the two will look to finish their impressive campaigns with a win, as they meet in the third-place match in Concepcion, Chile Friday evening.

Both sides will be without some of their better players, with Paraguay playmaker Derlis Gonzalez, Peru defender Carlos Zambrano and many more having to sit out of the battle, but with a third-place finish on the line, fresh faces can step up and lead their national team to another win.

Two MLS games are also on tap tonight, as the Seattle Sounders look to stop their slump against a first-place D.C. United, and the Houston Dynamo host the Chicago Fire with both desiring a move back up their respective conference standings.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the Gold Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team is set to take on Guatemala in front of a sold-out crowd in Nashville, Tennessee. Jurgen Klinsmann will use this friendly to sort out his possible starting lineup for the CONCACAF tournament, which is only days away from kickoff.

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

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Copa America third-place match preview: Peru, Paraguay aim to end tournament runs on a high

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They may once again have fallen just short of reaching the Copa America final, but both Peru and Paraguay have a shot to claim some more hardware on Friday.

They will just have to do so without some of their top talents.

Peru and Paraguay will wrap up their impressive Copa America campaigns in Chile on Friday night, as they square off in the tournament’s third-place match. The two nations are entering the game at Estadio Municipal de Concepcion with some injury concerns, but Paraguay may be the one that is worse off due to expected absences of attackers Roque Santa Cruz, Derlis Gonzalez, and Nelson Haedo Valdez, and defender Bruno Valdez.

Peru will be missing some of its first-choice regulars, too. Already without centerback Carlos Zambrano due to the red card he received in the 2-1 semifinals loss to Chile, the Peruvians are also likely to be without veteran forward Claudio Pizarro, who is apparently battling some niggling injuries.

Fellow star attacker Jefferson Farfan is another question mark for Peru head coach Ricardo Gareca, who will have to get creative if the Peruvians are to finish in third place for the second straight Copa America.

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Friday Kickoff: UEFA lifts spending restrictions on Man City, PSG; Orozco replaces Chicharito on Mexico roster; and more



After feeling the wrath of new Financial Fair Play rules this past season, Manchester City and Paris Saint-German have seen their clubs’ punishments conclude.

UEFA announced Friday that the federation had lifted the punishments put on the two big-money clubs, who saw restrictions on transfer spending and Champions League squad size this past year. The two teams’ settlement agreement with the federation do still require the clubs to meet certain guidelines for 2016.

“We are now able to be more active on the transfer market to make our team even more competitive by recruiting the right talents that our team needs,” said PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi.

“However, we are mindful that the settlement signed last year with UEFA is still applicable. Our club has, among other objectives, to reach a break-even result in 2015-16, so we will spend our money on the right players as we always did it and this will help the PSG to grow. We don’t have an unlimited budget.”

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Lloyd, Solo, Johnston among USWNT players up for World Cup awards

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The World Cup trophy is not the only thing that U.S. Women’s National Team players are looking to claim in Canada this weekend.

FIFA unveiled its shortlists for the Women’s World Cup on Thursday, and four Americans are up for consideration. Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, and Julie Johnston all made the cut for the Golden Ball award, which is given to the best player of the tournament, while Hope Solo is one of three candidates for the Golden Glove accolade that is awarded to the best goalkeeper.

Solo is competing with Germany’s Nadine Angerer and Ayumi Kaihori of Japan for the Golden Glove. Lloyd, Rapinoe, and Johnston, meanwhile, are in a class of players that also includes Saori Ariyoshi (Japan), Lucy Bronze (England), Amandine Henry (France), Aya Miyami (Japan), and Celia Sasic (Germany).

No American made the cut for the Young Player Award, which has three finalists in Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan, Ada Hegerberg of Norway, and China’s Jiali Tang.

The winners of these accolades, as well as the second- and third-placed finishers, will be announced after the World Cup final on July 5.

Which USWNT player do you think is most deserving of the Golden Ball award? Is there an American missing on the shortlist that should have been included? Do you see Solo claiming the Golden Glove?

Share your thoughts below.

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Landon Donovan denies double meaning in recent World Cup tweet

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The subtweet of the week was apparently no subtweet at all. If Landon Donovan is to be believed, at least.

Donovan was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, and one of the topics the retired U.S. Men’s National Team star discussed was his Tuesday tweet that came during the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 2-0 World Cup semifinals win over Germany.

Donovan published a tweet commending veteran Abby Wambach’s leadership despite not starting for the Americans, but also added that it was “priceless” to have such an experienced figure on the bench during the World Cup. Those comments were instantly perceived by many as Donovan having a subtle dig at U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who controversially left Donovan off the 2014 World Cup roster.

Donovan, however, shot down that notion on Wednesday.

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