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Happy New Year (and Happy 8th Birthday to SBI)

Happy New Year 2016


Happy New Year everybody. It’s a special day, and not just because it’s the first day of a new year. It is also SBI’s eighth birthday.

We launched SBI as an independent website back in 2008, and as we head into our ninth season of operation we will do our best to remain one of your go-to sites for coverage of soccer in the United States and beyond.

The 2015 calendar year had plenty of challenges, and much like the U.S. Men’s National Team, we will readily admit 2015 wasn’t one of SBI’s best years either. We are already in the process of working to improve on 2015 as we roll into the new year, and one of the steps we will be taking is adding new staff members to a staff that underwent plenty of transition last year.

Today marks the first day of what should be another exciting year for soccer fans. From World Cup qualifying, to the Copa America Centenario, to Euro 2016, the Olympics and much more, there will be plenty of great events to keep American soccer fans entertained, and we will look to cover it all for you.

Please feel free to share with us what you like and don’t like on the site. Let us know what you would like to see more coverage of, and definitely let us know what you think we are doing well.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and be sure to stay tuned as we keep things rolling in 2016.



  1. Proofread the posts once in a while. Get away from the clich├ęs. The motto used to be the world of soccer with an American voice, let’s try to find one.

  2. Great site! Great work by all writers!
    Maybe they could develop an article with the top twenty-five college teams rosters and typical starting lineups, with accessible links, so we could consult before watching or attending a college game.
    The college game is important but we don’t know more than a few teams well.
    When you don’t know the players you are watching, it is like watching 22 men chasing and kicking a poor ball.

  3. More original content on SBI. For a while it seemed the site was (Although the links are not bad, the site works as a content aggregator and Ives deserves to get paid).

    Less annoying pop-up ads. Got 10x worse with the move to the new site. (Solution is not to get rid of ads, but switch to more sponsored ads).

    More SBI views on trending topics too. Really appreciated those views especially on USMNT heated discussions.

    All nitpicking – SBI is still one of the few sites that needs to be checked daily. Keep the train rolling on Ives.

  4. Happy New Year Ives, SBI team and community. More up and coming Nats/youth player profiles and ‘old school’ Q&A please. And how about Ives and/or Franco hosting a regular sat/sun running commentary thread once in a while? No more auto pop up adds that are really f***ing distracting (had to vent, forgive me). Here’s to continued SBI Soccer success. Cheers!


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