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Carli Lloyd, An American Hero

The following comes courtesy of The Truth About Everything: 

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
A true World Cup, and American hero


Carli Lloyd was always in the shadows of her American peers such as Hope Solo and Abby Wambach especially in the 2011 World Cup in the heartbreaking loss to Japan in the final, losing in penalty kicks. But, she decided that this World Cup, in Abby Wambach's final World Cup, that this was the year that she would leave her legacy for all American soccer fans to remember her by. She was the captain of the United States Women's National Team this time, and she indeed led her team well. The United States did not lose a game this World Cup, beating the likes of Germany, Australia, and Japan in the finals. Carli Lloyd played absolutely amazing in the finals of the World Cup, and us American soccer fans will remember her for this. She scored the fastest hat trick in Women's World Cup history, scoring 3 goals in a matter of 16 minutes. The United States defeated Japan 5-2, winning the World Cup, ending a 16 year drought of the United States failing to winning a World Cup title. This one felt the best because it was Abby Wambach's final World Cup, who is one of the greatest women's soccer players in United States history. Lloyd was a scoring machine during the knockout rounds of the tournament, and her leadership helped the U.S. defeat every opponent in their path during the knockout stage. If she wanted to be remembered as a great player in soccer history, she did a great job, because us American's are thankful for helping us finally win another World Cup. Thank you Carli Lloyd, you will always be remembered.


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Gold Cup: Group A preview

Check out this great CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A Preview from fellow SportsBlog.com contributor, Belon Soccer News:

GOLD CUP: Group A is about to get going so let’s break it down.

By Jorge Belon

Group A easily is the toughest group in the Gold Cup, but the United States will still be predicated to come out in first.

Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has brought a veteran squad to defend their title, which will give them their sixth championship.

Captain Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey will be fighting for their sixth title not only to tie Mexico’s record but also secure their ticket to the 2017 Confederations Cup that will be held in Russia.

Winning the cup will qualify them for the tournament. If they lose then they will have to face the winner of this Gold Cup to decide which nation will represent CONCACAF.

However, Panama and Honduras will give the USMNT a run for their money to win the group and for the quest of their sixth title. The two Central Americans will be fighting to clinch second place of the group and avoid third place.

The Panamanians lost in the final 1-0 to the Yanks in the 2013 version of the Gold Cup. In fact both times the Central Americans got to the final of this tournament they lost to the Americans each time. Veterans Jaime Penedo and Blas Perez will be looking to avenge the Gold Cup final.

Honduras at the moment will be entering the tournament without some of the recognizable names. Instead a new generation will be leading the Catrachos. Young attacking midfielder Andy Najar and forward Anthony Lozano are few of the new names for Honduras.

However, the midfield for Honduras will have a veteran presence: Oscar Boniek Garcia and Maynor Figueroa will be pushing the Catrachos to the next round.

As for Haiti they will be looking to possibly squeeze a point out of this group. However, the Caribbean nation will most likely end the tournament without a point and an early trip home.

Group Prediction:     

Group A

Nation

GP

PTS

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

9

3

0

0

8

1

5

Panama

3

6

2

1

0

5

2

3

Honduras

3

3

1

2

0

4

4

0

Haiti

3

0

0

3

0

2

8

-6

If the U.S. wins the group then they will face the best third place team from either group B or C in the next round. The second place (Panama) will face the winner of group B in the quarterfinals. For third place (Honduras), they will need to finish with a better record then group B's third place team to face the winner of group C in the knockout stage.

Let's see how this group unfolds. 

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CONCACAF Gold Cup Kicks Off Tonight!

How do you follow up the USA Women's spectacular performance from this past Sunday? You know, whooping Japan's ass and hoisting a record THIRD WORLD CUP? Well, you can't but the USA Men will attempt to win back-to-back CONCACAF Gold Cup's when our region's championship tournament begins tonight. On the line is not only a big ass trophy but also a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The winner of this year's Gold Cup will take on the United States in a one match playoff to determine the spot in the Confederations Cup. If USA take it again, we will qualify directly in 2017, so there is a lot to play for. 

Twelve nations from North America, Central America & the Caribbean and group play breaks down like this:

Group A: USA, Panama, Haiti & Honduras

Group B: Costa Rica, Canada, El Salvador & Jamaica

Group C: Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba & Guatemala

The top two from each group plus the top two third place sides will move on to the Quarterfinals. This tournament will also help determine the final two spots in next summer's Copa America Centario (assuming it's still a go). USA, Mexico, Costa Rica & Jamaica have already qualified. 

Check out tonight's schedule:

Panama vs Haiti - 7:00 pm ET - Fox Sports 2

USA vs Honduras - 9:30 pm ET - Fox Sports 1 

I'll post a recap at some point tomorrow (it ends pretty late for me tonight). Hopefully, USA can get off to a flying start. 

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