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The United States did well to finish top of their group and make it to the Copa America knockout stage, but they were no match for the Argentinians, who beat them comfortably, 4-0.

It did not help that three of the American's regular starters in this tournament, Alejandro Bedoya, Booby Wood and Jermaine Jones, all missed out this evening to serve suspensions, but it would seem to have hardly mattered. Argentina scored quickly inside of three minutes and the US never threatened to keep up from then on, seeing only a couple of crosses missing their connections and failing to register a shot on goal. They would concede three more along the way, as Brad Guzan looked helpless between the sticks. PL fullbacks Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin were not successful in containing Argentina down the flanks, but, to be fair, not many in the world can.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 21 - 11:04 PM

Italy punched their ticket to the knockout stage with another solid defensive effort and a goal in the 88th minute to defeat Sweden, 1-0.

It may not have been the most entertaining match for fans to witness, but that will hardly matter in the end to Italy, who won with their typical brand of football. Sweden dominated possession in the first half but could not do much in the creativity department and the Italians looked comfortable defending from start to finish. They began to create some chances in the second half, including a volley by Graziano Pelle that went over the bar and Marco Parolo struck the bar after being set up beautifully by Emanuele Giaccherini. The goal came from Eder, who split the Sweden defense and fired a low shot into the far corner. Giaccherini may have been an afterthought for Sunderland but he has been vital to Italy's cause in the Euros thus far and perhaps the most valuable fantasy option in the tournament.
Source: Guardian
Jun 17 - 1:05 PM

Sunderland exile Emanuele Giaccherini and soon-to-be Southampton exile Graziano Pelle scored as Italy upset Belgium in the Euro 2016 opener for both.

There's just something about Italy in tournament football that is hard to quantify. Pundits have been bemoaning this as the weakest Italian team to take the pitch at a major tournament in anyone's memory but they still managed to do what Italian sides always do...win...and keep clean sheets. Belgium certainly has the higher profile players with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois and the like but they looked second best for most of the match as Italy were the better team. The Italians lead Group E on three points after each team has played one match with Ireland and Sweden tied on a point each and favorites Belgium holding up the bottom of the group.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 13 - 4:56 PM

Sunderland has confirmed that veteran forwards Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher will not be retained by the club.

Graham made 10 Premier League appearances this season with the Black Cats, failing to score a goal, but found success in the second half of the season while on loan at Blackburn Rovers, where he scored seven Championship goals in 18 appearances. Fletcher, meanwhile, spent nearly four seasons at the Stadium of Light before his loan to Marseille in the winter transfer window. The Scottish international scored four Premier League goals this season before the loan, where he scored three times for the French giants. The pair will become free agents on July 1.
Jun 12 - 10:29 AM

At this point last summer Sunderland was on the lookout for a new forward. One year later, the Cats signed the forward they had all along to a new contract.

Jermain Defoe led the club in scoring last season with 15 goals in 33 Premier League games, catching fire at just the right time as he helped Sunderland escape relegation with five goals in the club's last nine matches. The 33-year-old was voted by supporters as the club's Player of the Year and finished the season as the third-highest English goalscorer. The former Toronto FC designated player will now stay at the Stadium of Light through the summer of 2019 after signing a three-year deal.
Jun 10 - 6:55 AM

The US beat Costa Rica 4-0 on Tuesday and while he wasn't on the scoresheet, DeAndre Yedlin has shown well over the two matches so far.

Having started both matches at right back and going the full 90 both times, Yedlin has looked good. Certainly too good to be the third choice right back at White Hart Lane next summer behind Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier. With those two firmly entrenched in front of him a move of either the permanent or loan variety seems to be in order. If Yedlin continues on his current trajectory then he might be able to attract a better club than perpetually fighting relegation Sunderland.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 9 - 12:27 PM

DeAndre Yedlin started for the US on Sunday and went the full 90 minutes as the Stars and Stripes beat Puerto Rico in their first ever match against each other.

The US is tuning up for the Copa America Centenario starting in a little over a week with the first of three friendlies. Yedlin, who came on strong over the second half of the season on loan with Sunderland, looks like he will be the starting right back for the US going into the championship of the Americas on US soil this summer. His physical tools have never been in doubt but he is starting to display better awareness and tactical sense. He's probably not going to pass Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier on the Spurs depth chart but he could position himself well for either a sale or a loan higher up the table. His Copa America performance will go a long way in determining where, and how much, he plays next season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 22 - 3:01 PM

Jozy Altidore has once again fallen prey to injury with a major international tournament looming as he will miss this summer's Copa America with a hamstring injury.

Altidore's career for the Stars and Stripes has been star-crossed due primarily to injury. He has long been anointed the default starting forward for Jurgen Klinsmann's side but injury has now prevented him from participating in World Cup 2014 and will prevent him from participating this summer in the Copa America Centenario. Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey, Bobby Wood, Gyasi Zardes and Chris Wondolowski will all compete for Altidore's starting spot. Altidore was injured taking (and missing) a penalty.
Source: espnfc.com
May 17 - 11:41 AM

Jeremain Lens and Jack Rodwell, peripheral players in recent weeks, returned to the line-up with goals as the Black Cats drew 2-2 with Watford to close out the season.

The match didn't mean much to either of the clubs but to some players on the Sunderland side who hadn't played much in the fight to stave off relegation, it was a chance to remind the manager of their talents. Jeremain Lens, who had started off the season in strong form only to succumb to injuries and mediocre form, and Jack Rodwell both scored and Sunderland continued their strong play down the stretch with an away point.
May 15 - 1:37 PM

Sunderland have officially guaranteed its Premier League safety for another year after a 3-0 win against Everton at the Stadium of Light.

There was no doubt about the three points in front of a raucous home crowd as Lamine Kone starred with his first two Premier League goals ever. All three of the club's goals came from members of its back-line with Patrick van Aanholt converting on a free-kick to open the scoring in the first half before Kone found himself in the perfect spot on two occasions in the aftermath of two corner kicks on either side of half-time. The three points means that rival Newcastle and Norwich City are each relegated as the Black Cats have taken points from each of the last four games, including two straight wins.
Source: NBC Sports
May 11 - 5:17 PM

Sunderland is set to have Lamine Kone available for the club's biggest game of the season on Wednesday against Everton.

With a win against Everton, the Black Cats can end the relegation battle and secure their safety by sending down rival Newcastle and Norwich City. Said manager Sam Allardyce about the club's defensive options: "Kone had a thigh problem but he's okay for Wednesday. Billy Jones is the only absentee." The recent signing has shored up the Sunderland defense since his winter arrival and looks to have overcome the injury sustained over the weekend. Meanwhile, Jones missed the weekend win against Chelsea with a knock but DeAndre Yedlin looks to have secured his spot in the starting lineup at right-back.
May 10 - 1:18 AM

Sunderland waiting until the last possible moment to earn a critical point in the relegation race with a stoppage-time equalizer.

Jermain Defoe proved to be the Black Cats' hero once again after baiting Geoff Cameron into a tackle at the edge of the 18-yard box that was signaled for a penalty. The Premier League veteran stepped to the spot and delivered with a blast into the bottom right corner of the net away from a diving Jakob Haugaard in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time. The goal sealed the 1-1 draw and a point that pulls them one point past Norwich City, who has two games in hand, and into 18th place, just a point behind Newcastle.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:14 PM

Sunderland grabbed a crucial point today that lifts them out of the relegation zone as they put together another solid defensive effort in a 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Make that three clean sheets in four for the Black Cats as they continue to grind out results in typical Sam Allardyce fashion. The attack had their chances to score with a Patrick van Aanholt free kick clanging off the top corner of the woodwork coming closest. The defense was the story though, as the center back pairing of Younes Kaboul and Lamine Kone limited Arsenal's ability to operate in the final third and what chances the Gunners did create, Vito Mannone did well to stop six shots on target. Sunderland move above Norwich on goal difference and look the favorites to stave off relegation, as they are playing consistently better football right now than the Canaries or the Magpies.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 24 - 11:06 AM

Fabio Borini scored one goal and assisted another to guide Sunderland to a crucial 0-3 win over Norwich City.

A massive day for the Black Cats who, with the win, climb to within a point of Norwich to escape relegation, with a game in hand and a healthy goal difference on the Canaries. It looked anyone's game in the first half but Sunderland made the most of things despite losing the possession battle. Borini was fouled in the box in the 41st minute and converted the penalty himself to score what proved to be the match-winner. Sunderland doubled their lead when they pounced quickly on a dispossessed Seb Bassong and Borini whipped in a fine cross to Jermain Defoe who finished from point blank range. They withstood pressure from Norwich, thanks mainly to fine goalkeeping from Vito Mannone. Duncan Watmore was fed the ball by Seb Larsson at the end of the match to score the final goal of the day.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 16 - 9:42 AM

Sam Allardyce confirmed that Duncan Watmore has returned to the club ahead of schedule and is in contention to return for the weekend.

The Black Cats will surely welcome another attacking option after scoring only two goals in the last four Premier League matches. Watmore suffered the ankle injury two months ago and initial fears suggested the 22-year-old would miss the rest of the season. But the manager was optimistic Watmore could be back to his old self possibly as soon as this weekend: "The roadrunner is back. He’s up and out there, enthusiastic and covering every blade of grass again on the pitch. He gives us a very important alternative to what we already have."
Apr 14 - 4:25 PM


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