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):
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
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.
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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By IVES GALARCEP
The U.S. Women’s National Team snapped a 16-year drought on Sunday, capturing their first World Cup title since the memorable 1999 title team, and the latest episode of The SBI Show looks back at Sunday’s memorable victory.
Episode 220 of The SBI Show breaks down the U.S. Women’s victory against Japan, including Carli Lloyd’s stunning hat-trick performance.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the U.S. Men’s National Team’s recent win against Guatemala, and looks ahead at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, including the U.S. team’s opener against Honduras.
We also look back at MLS Week 18, and the opening weekend of the NASL Fall Season.
Give Episode 220 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:
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
Photo by Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports
By RYAN TOLMICH
Michael Bradley knows that Tuesday night will be special, but the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder also understands that the night will be about much more than his personal achievements.
The U.S. kicks off the 2015 Gold Cup Tuesday night (9:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1, UniMas), taking on a tough Honduras team to start play in Group A. For Bradley, that matchup presents the potential for his 100th cap, a real milestone on a road that has featured plenty of twists and turns.
Bradley calls that milestone”special”, one that he will cherish when the time is right. However, that time is certainly not Tuesday night, as the USMNT captain understands that the night is about moving towards a Gold Cup crown more so than his personal achievements.
“When you talk about pride and honor and responsibility, that only adds to it, but as I’ve touched on, this week at this point, I’m not making any more of that than there needs to be,” Bradley said. “We’re excited to get this tournament going. we’ve all been looking forward to it for a long time. It’s a big opportunity for us. It’s a big tournament and everybody’s mentality is to push and push so that, at the end of the month, we can be the ones holding up a trophy.
“They’re very hard to play against,” Bradley said. “So we’ll be committed to stepping on the field, and trying to be sharp and trying to push the tempo and getting after them and seeing if we can start [the Gold Cup] off with a good result.”