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Michael Bradley set to earn 100th cap with USMNT in Gold Cup opener

Michael Bradley’s long road with the U.S. Men’s National Team will likely see the midfielder collect his 100th cap Tuesday.

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USMNT 4, Guatemala 0: The SBI Breakdown

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Guatemala, 4-0, on Friday, and here are SBI’s biggest takeaways from the final Gold Cup tuneup.

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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.

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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Andrea Pirlo officially joins NYCFC as Designated Player

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After weeks of rumors, speculation and even New York City appearances, Andrea Pirlo is officially a member of New York City FC.

NYCFC announced Monday that the club has signed the Italian legend, who spent the past four seasons with Serie A powerhouse Juventus. With the signing, Pirlo becomes the club’s third Designated Player, joining forward David Villa and Frank Lampard, who trained with the team last week.

The 36-year-old Pirlo will join NYCFC on July 21 and be available for selection immediately after that, meaning his first game could come at home against Orlando City five days later.

“I have been wanting this experience for a long time and now that the opportunity materialized I wanted to take it,” Pirlo said. “This is a club on the rise and shares my same hunger to achieve important results in the League. I am hoping to win.I had several opportunities to play outside of Italy, but I never had a doubt in picking New York for the enthusiasm of the people that come watch the team.

“I met with the coach, Jason Kreis, and he gave me a fantastic impression of the club. He has well defined ideas in mind, and I am sure we will get on well and create a good relationship to train well and try to win together.” Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Robbie Keane

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By MICHAEL PENG

On the day the L.A. Galaxy introduced Steven Gerrard to its fans, Robbie Keane gave the Liverpool legend a close-up view of what is in store for him.

Keane notched his second hat-trick in three weeks — the other in a 6-1 rout of PSA Elite in the U.S. Open Cup — and led the Galaxy to a 4-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday, earning SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Keane netted two first-half goals, with one of them on a penalty kick conversion in the ninth minute and the other in the 41st off a low cross from Baggio Husidic. Keane then completed his hat-trick by intercepting a poor back pass from the TFC defense before rounding goalkeeper Chris Konopka to score on the empty net in the 59th minute.

The three goals upped the reigning MLS MVP’s season total to six and his performance earned this week’s SBI Player of the Week nod, edging out Columbus Crew’s Ethan Finlay, New York City FC’s David Villa and FC Dallas’ Mauro Diaz.

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What did you think of Keane’s performance? Which MLS Player impressed you the most this past weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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The SBI Show: Episode 220 (Talking the USWNT’s World Cup win, Gold Cup, and more)

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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:

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Monday Kickoff: De Gea to return to Manchester for preseason; Jimenez looking to stay at Atletico; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite all of the rumors linking him to a move abroad, David De Gea is planning on returning to his current club, at least for the time being.

De Gea says that he will begin preseason training with Manchester United on Monday, despite reports linking the goalkeeper with a move to Real Madrid. In addition, De Gea said that he is “calm” over a potential transfer to the Spanish giant.

“Real Madrid? I have to train over there (Mancheste),” De Gea said.”I’m heading back to Manchester to begin preseason training.”

Manchester United are reportedly looking for a record-breaking transfer fee if the club is to depart with the Spanish goalkeeper.

Here are some more news and notes to kick off your Monday morning: Continue reading »

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