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By FRANCO PANIZO
The scoreline may have been complimentary, but the performance was far from flattering.
The U.S. Men’s National Team played its final tuneup before the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup last Friday, picking up a 4-0 victory over Guatemala at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The blowout scoreline indicated that the U.S. cruised to victory, but head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his players confessed in the aftermath that improvements needed to be made.
It is hard to argue otherwise. Whether it was in possession, in the final third, or defensively, the Americans were far from sharp against Guatemala, especially in the first half. A better opponent would have punished the U.S. given some of the quality looks in front of goal that the Guatemalans had, and the Americans know that it must avoid repeating that if they are to be kings of the region again this summer.
That said, it was not all bad vs. Guatemala. Some players were real bright spots with their individual performances, and there were also other positives for the Americans to build on as they gear up for Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener against a tougher Honduras side.
Here is what SBI is mulling over after the U.S.’s 4-0 rout of Guatemala:
By COLE KELLOGG
FC Edmonton only amassed nine points from 10 games in the Spring Season, but the team is already one-third of the way to that number after one game in the Fall.
The Canadian side smashed the San Antonio Scorpions on Sunday, scoring four goals and allowing none against the 2014 NASL Champions.
Elsewhere in the league, the New York Cosmos could only manage a 1-1 draw against Indy Eleven at home, a disappointing result for the first place team from the Spring.
The Carolina RailHawks followed up a strong Spring Season with a resounding victory over Minnesota United, while the Tampa Bay Rowdies beat the Atlanta Silverbacks and Ottawa Fury FC defeated the Jacksonville Armada.
Here’s a closer look at the action from the first week of the Fall Season: Continue reading
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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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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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
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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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?
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