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Dempsey brace leads USMNT to victory over Honduras in Gold Cup opener

A Clint Dempsey brace proved to be just enough to lead the U.S. Men’s National Team to victory in Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener against Honduras.

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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

In front of 22,357 in Frisco, Texas, Dempsey led the way for the U.S. en route to a 2-1 win vs. Honduras, which earned him recognition as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.

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Atlanta United reveals new logo

Set to enter the MLS fray in 2017, Atlanta United FC announced its new logo Tuesday night.

USWNT to be honored with ticker-tape parade in NYC

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Women’s National Team are taking their World Cup title celebrations to the Canyon of Heroes this Friday.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the USWNT will be honored with a ticker tape parade in downtown Manhattan, with the parade beginning at 11 a.m. The parade route will take the USWNT through the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway that begins at Battery Park and ends at City Hall.

Anyone can attend the parade, and fans can sign up for a special ceremony at City Hall that will take place following the parade. Fans can sign up for the ceremony at this link here between 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The USWNT join the likes of the New York Yankees, New York Mets, New York Rangers, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, and the astronauts from the Apollo 11 mission as teams and individuals who have been honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City.

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What do you think of this news? Do you plan on attending the event? Excited to see how far soccer has come in the USA?

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CONCACAF mutually ends commercial partnership with Traffic Sports USA

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By AARON CRANFORD

The commercial relationship between Traffic Sports USA and CONCACAF is no more, as the two mutually cut its business ties Tuesday.

CONCACAF announced that the federation has mutually agreed with Traffic Sports USA to end its Corporate Agency Partnership, with sponsorship rights to the next four editions of the biennial Gold Cup — which includes the 2015 Gold Cup — seven seasons of the CONCACAF Champions League and all other events organized by CONCACAF, including youth tournaments, Olympic qualifiers and Futsal, terminated as of today.

CONCACAF is currently in the process to select commercial rights partners and vendors for the future.

“CONCACAF and Traffic Sports USA have decided to part ways and dissolve their commercial rights agreement,” the federation said in a statement.

“Nonetheless, CONCACAF remains committed to organizing and executing best-in-class competitions for our member associations, fans, players, coaches, and sponsors, including the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.” Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Tally Hall

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Tyrone Mears

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Dempsey brace leads USMNT to victory over Honduras in Gold Cup opener

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After months of build up and preparation, Clint Dempsey and the U.S. Men’s National Team did just enough to emerge victorious from Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener.

In his return to his home state of Texas, Dempsey led the way for the USMNT by bagging a brace in a 2-1 defeat of Honduras to open Gold Cup play. With the victory, the U.S. has won each of the team’s 13 Gold Cup openers since the tournament’s inception.

After struggling to get much going offensively in the early going, the U.S. finally got their attack kickstarted by a Dempsey finish via a set piece.

With DeAndre Yedlin playing a short corner to Bradley, the ball was whipped in before bouncing across the six-yard box. Jozy Altidore pounced, firing a shot that was blocked, only to see Dempsey muster up a header on the rebound to tap the ball just over the line, earning the U.S. a 1-0 first half lead.

That lead remained until the 64th minute when yet another set piece yielded another Dempsey finish.  Continue reading »

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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

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By AARON CRANFORD

Before the start of the 2015 Gold Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann wanted Clint Dempsey to focus on what he has done for years: score goals.

And in the U.S.’s opening group play match against Honduras, he did just that.

In front of 22,357 in Frisco, Texas, Dempsey led the way with a brace en route to a 2-1 win over Honduras, which earned him recognition as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.

The Texas native tallied the first of the evening in the 25th minute after a Jozy Altidore shot deflected right into the path and head of Dempsey. And in the 64th minute, the U.S. forward soared high above everyone near the six-yard box to head a perfect free kick from Michael Bradley into the back of the net.

Dempsey is now within 14 goals of the all-time USMNT record after netting his 42nd and 43rd goal of his international career.

What did you think of Dempsey’s performance? Which player stood out the most to you in the USMNT’s 2-1 win vs. Honduras?

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Atlanta United reveals new logo

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By AARON CRANFORD

Set to enter the MLS fray in 2017, Atlanta United FC announced its new logo Tuesday night.

As part of a celebration for the team and a viewing party for the U.S. Men’s National Team match against Honduras in the 2015 Gold Cup, Atlanta United presented its new logo to more than 4,000 people in attendance.

The team’s colors of gold, red and black all prominently feature in the logo, and the circular design draws from Atlanta’s city seal, and like it’s name, the shape stands for unity.

“It’s a strong logo,”Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It represents Atlanta, which is what we wanted to pitch. It’s very compatible with other logos you might see in soccer, nationally and internationally.”

Check out the club’s official announcement of the logo below: Continue reading »

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Gold Cup: USA vs. Honduras (SBI Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

FRISCO, Texas — The U.S. Men’s National Team’s quest to defend its Gold Cup title begin tonight with a showdown with Honduras (9:15pm, Fox Sports 1).

The Americans enter the match as favorites to win Group A, but will face what is, arguably, their toughest test of the group against a tough and physical Honduras side coached by former Costa Rica boss Jorge Luis Pinto.

U.S. captain Michael Bradley will secure his 100th cap today, becoming the 16th player to reach the milestone, and fourth youngest.

Defender Ventura Alvarado has been handed a start, an appearance which will cap-tie him to the United States.

Join SBI as we provide live commentary on all of tonight’s action. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s SBI Live Commentary is after the jump):

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