6/29/15 US #1 vs #2 in Women’s Final 4 Showdown Tues Night 7 pm Fox, Copa Final 4, Games on TV

So its the best 2 teams in the world Tuesday night as a showdown between #1 Germany and #2 US takes place at 7 pm on Fox. Coverage begins at 6 pm with watch parties scheduled in Indy and around the country. Chicago is planning its Watch in Lincoln Park party again like last summer, while local soccer bars Union Jack in Broadripple and the Chattam Tap both Mass Ave and in Fishers will be packed.  The CFC U10 girls are headed to Latitude 360, while the U12 Girls hole up at The Stacked Pickle on Old Meridian in Carmel. Find someplace fun to watch and be sure to sport your red, white and blue !! Also be on the lookout for the 1st ever Carmel FC float in the CarmelFest parade on Saturday, July 4th

I got a chance to watch some Copa America this weekend wow that is some intense soccer, I can’t wait till the Copa is played here in America next summer – boy it would be great to see the US advance to the Semi’s vs a Brazil or Argentina or Columbia.  Anyway the Argentina vs Columbia game was magisterial Friday night -as one of my favorite color guys Ray Hudsen said.  Catch the semi’s this week Mon/Tues and Finals this weekend.   Here’s some more of beIn Sports -Ray Hudson gems.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeikSGgqSiU   Messi the Genius  

CFC_gabeWC

CFC U14 Boys Gabe Moorman and Ben Myers at US Ladies game vs China

WOMEN’s WORLD CUP  

espn fc Jeff Carlisle How Can US Defense stop Germany’s Offense?   

How Can does the US Match up vs #1 Germany – Grant Wahl SI

Here’s How US can beat Germany  USA today

AKERS BRINGS OBJECTIVITY TO BROADCASt si

Hays: Pause to savor Wambach’s record career

What Makes Us: ‘Pinoe’

Carlisle: U.S. women get confidence back in win over China

Hays: Morgan Brian breaks out for USWNT

Foudy: How the USWNT can end World Cup drought

Why the USWNT Kit Man was Fired before the WC – Grant Wahl SI

Lloyd steps Up, Johnson Shine as they oust China Grant Wahl SI

#HowSheDoesIt: Megan Rapinoe’s competitive edge

Germany seals spot in semifinals with shootout win over France

France v Germany highlights best of Womens Soccer – SI

Key Stats in England and Japan Wins

England Goalie Bardsley hopeful for Japan game SI

Women’s World Cup bracket

Women’s World Cup 2015 schedule

COPA AMERICA Finals  

Host nation Chile beats Peru on stunning strike to advance to Finals of Copa America

Watch Chile’s Eduardo Vargas Goal – go straight to the bottom video to hear my man Ray Hudson describe it on beIN sports

Paraguay upsets Brazil in Pks again

Columbia GK Ospina 2 Spectacular Saves vs Argentina and Messi

Argentina outlasts Colombia in PKs SI

Carmel High Boys – Youth Soccer Camp –  2nd to 6th Graders only

Run by CHS Boys team players – Fri, Aug 7 (9:30 am till 12 noon) – CHS Practice Turf Fields behind CHS football stadium. 2nd to 6th Graders only – Cost $35 to CHS –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508

July 11th Carmel’s Dad Club – 3 v 3 Live Tour

Carmel’s Dad Club and 3v3 Live team up together to bring you the 13 annual Kick in the Grass Tournament. July 11th, Rain date July 12th.  This tournament has attracted over 100 teams the last several years.  Music, Speed Shot, Shot Accuracy and more fun.  Full Concessions and more!  Register and more info @ www.3v3live.com  $185 per team up to six players. Each player will receive a t-shirt, top three teams in each division get custom medals, top four qualify for Regionals -the road to Disney.

GAMES THIS WEEK

Mon, July 29

7:30 pm             Copa America Semi-Final Chile vs Peru  beIn Sports

Tues, June 30,

2:45 pm            Portugal vs Sweden  Euro U21s   ESPN U

7 pm                 USA vs Germany  Semi-Finals Fox Sports  

7:30 pm            Copa America Semi Argentina vs Paraguay  beIn Sports

Wed, July 1

7 pm                 WWC England vs Japan Semi-Finals Fox Sports 1

9:30 pm            Mexico vs Honduras                  ESPN 2

Friday, July 3

International friendly

 7 p.m.,            United States men vs. Guatemala (at LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.) Fox Sports 1 

7:30 pm            Copa America 3rd place game  beIn Sports

Saturday, July 4

4 pm                 WWC – 3rd Place Match – Fox

5 pm                 Copa America Finals – beIn Sports

Sunday, July 5

5 pm                 Portland Timbers vs SJ Earthquakes

7 pm                 WWC –FINALS – Fox

7 pm                            Indy 11 @ NY Cosmos             ESPN 3

Tuesday, July 7 – GOLD CUP STARTS

9:30 pm            US Men vs Honduras Fox Sports 1

Wed, July 8

8 pm                 Costa Rica vs Jamaica              Fox Sports 2  Carson, Cal

10:30 pm          El Salvador vs Canada Fox Sports 2

Thursday, July 9

7 pm                      T&T vs Guatemala           Fox Sports 2  Chicago Soldier Field

9:30 pm                Mexico vs Cuba                                Fox Sports 2  Chicago Soldier Field

Fri, July 10

6 pm                      Honduras vs Panama      Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                USA vs Haiti                       Fox Sports 1  Fox Borough, Mass

Sat, July 11

6:30 pm                Jamaica vs Canada           Fox Sports 2  Houston, Tx

7:30 pm                Indy 11 vs Carolina Railhawks   TV 8  @ The Mike

9 pm                      Costa Rica vs El Salvador Fox Sports 2

Sun, July 12

5 pm                      NY City FC vs Toronto FC  ESPN2

6:30 pm                T+T vs Cuba                        Fox Sports 2

7 pm                      Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake  Fox Sports 1

9 pm                      Mexico vs Guatemala    Fox Sports 2

Mon, July 13

7 pm                      Haiti vs Honduras             Fox Sports 1       Sporting Park, KC

9:30 pm                Panama vs USA                                 Fox Sports 1       Sporting Park, KC

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE ON FOX

Copa America Schedule

Gold Cup Schedule

Soccer Camps – Boys and Girls -Ages 6 – 14

Post2Post Soccer Camp
Former Pittsburgh Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin and Coach Carla Baker run their annual field player camp for players of all abilities July 27-30 — 9 am to 3 pm $190 each @ Badger

Goal2Gol Soccer Camp    (SOLD OUT-Waiting List)
CHS Men’s Head Coach Shane Schmidt, a former U-20 US National Team player, runs his annual camp from 9 am to 2 pm July 13-17. $150 if you sign up before 6/30 @ River Road Fields.   (Waiting List)

Carmel High Boys – Youth Soccer Camp –  2nd to 6th Graders only

Run by CHS Boys team players – Fri, Aug 7 (9:30 am till 12 noon) – CHS Practice Turf Fields behind CHS football stadium. 2nd to 6th Graders only – Cost $35 to CHS –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508

July 11th Carmel’s Dad Club – 3 v 3 Live Tour

Carmel’s Dad Club and 3v3 Live team up together to bring you the 13 annual Kick in the Grass Tournament. July 11th, Rain date July 12th.  This tournament has attracted over 100 teams the last several years.  Music, Speed Shot, Shot Accuracy and more fun.  Full Concessions and more!  Register and more info @ www.3v3live.com  $185 per team up to six players. Each player will receive a t-shirt, top three teams in each division get custom medals, top four qualify for Regionals -the road to Disney.

Kick In for your Community — Meijer and NABISCO for every participating product purchased, 5¢ will be donated to Youth Soccer organizations, up to $100,000

Proud Member of the Brick Yard Battalion – http://brickyardbattalion.com/ , Sam’s Army – http://sams-army.com/

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6/25/15 US Women Play China Friday Night in WWC Elite 8 on Fox, US Men Gold Cup Squad, Pirlo to MLS, Indy 11-Mexico Game, TV Games

US Women Play China Friday Night in WWC Elite 8 on Fox, US Men Gold Cup Squad, COPA Quarters, Indy 11 

So the US Ladies haven’t necessarily looked good but they continue to advance in the World Cup. I thought the offense had a little more spark especially in the 2nd half against a very chippy, somewhat dirty Columbia squad.  Now they should have blown them out after Columbia went down to 10 players right after half – but Coach Jill Ellis continues to show she is no offensive mastermind as she hasn’t figured out how to unlock the US Attack.  Do we see a 4/4/3 this week with Rapino and Indianapolis’ own Lauren Cheney Holiday out on yellow card accumulation? (see rant below)  I for 1 think Holiday has had a horrible world cup so far – being forced into the #6 Defensive midfield role away from her normal #10 spot has not helped her.  But her service on corners and free kicks and passing in general has been WAY off.  Heck the entire team doesn’t seem able to connect more than 5 passes together. Not sure if it’s the turf – or if Coach Ellis hasn’t practiced 1 touch passing in the year she has been in charge. Either way the US should be ok vs China Friday Night, 7 pm on Fox – but I am not sure this squad can get by the France/Germany winner (Friday at 4 pm on Fox) in the Semis.  Ok time for rant against THE STUPIDIST RULE IN SPORTS.  The Yellow Card accumulation rule (it will cost the US Rapino and Holiday on Fri).  The rule where if you get 2 yellow cards in 4 games – you miss the next game. Are you kidding? At least EUFA changed the rules this year to eliminate the rule after each round – listen a yellow card can just be a hard professional foul – getting 2 in 4 games is no big deal – especially with inconsistent refs.  Some refs throw multiple cards for time wasting for heaven’s sakes, some for soft fouls or simulation.  The bottom line is with inconsistent reffing getting 2 cards in 4 games is not difficult to do. 2 Yellows makes a red in a game no problem.  But missing a semi-final or final of a World Cup for yellow cards is just ludicrous not to mention really really a bummer for the fans who pay good money to go to the games to see the BEST players play.

Moving to the men’s side The Copa America is getting down to the big games this week with Argentina vs Columbia Friday night, (see schedule below) and Klinsmann has set the US Men’s Gold Cup Roster.  Interesting giving Timmy Chandler, who just stinks at right back, another set of games to prove he can’t play at this level. Hopefully his inclusion means Gonzalez is moving back in as a starter in the middle of defense. It will be interesting to see how GK Brad Guzan handles his role in goal as the starter – hopefully his play will lead to an offer for something bigger in the EPL –I still think he’s too good for Villa.  The other big question I have is Wondo at forward – there are 10 forwards in the player pool I would take in front of him.  Morris and Germany/Dutch game winner Bobby Wood just to name a couple.  The Indy 11 are back to the field this Sunday 1:30 for a friendly vs Mexican 1st division squad Morelia before kicking off the fall season on July 5 at NYC and July 11th at home. CFC kids enjoy the summer off and watch lots of soccer (CFC goalies we start training Thurs nights)

US Women Win to Advance to Elite 8 vs China Friday Night, 7 pm on Fox 

Three observations: U.S. women beat Colombia 2-0  Cantor ? Calls the US Goal the Proper Way NBC Universal

Former US Star midfields Michelle Akers takes offense to US Coach Ellis Strategy

US Women win but don’t look good. Graham Hayes ESPN

US Advances but most replace Key Midfielders in Next Game – Grant Wahl SI

Wambach debates costly yellow cards for U.S.

Carlisle: Morgan makes mark in round of 16 win

U.S. gets past Colombia, advances to quarterfinals

U.S. underwhelms again, survives Colombia Jeff Carlisle – Player Ratings

3 Things Learned as US Beats Columbia Pro Soccer Talk

US Yet to Reach Potential despite Columbia Defeat – Pro Soccer Tallk

This US Win was Ugly  Yahoo

cfc_u11G_believes

Carmel FC U11G Gold – 2nd Div ISL Champions

Can Press fill in for Rapino? ESPN FC – Hayes

US Morgan Brian with big shoes to Fill ESPN FC Jeff Carlisle

US Defender Klingenberg can drop kick you

US Sydney Leroux and KC Dom Dwyer making the Soccer thing work

Women’s World Cup bracket

Hays: How Colombia’s success could spur change at home

#HowSheDoesIt: Christie Rampone’s longevity

#HowSheDoesIt: Carli Lloyd makes the plays

DJ Spin Easy Brazil’s US summer Fun extends to Canada at the US party

Complete Women’s World Cup coverage

WWC Printable Bracket

MLS + Indy 11

Could Juve’s Andrea Pirlo really be going to NYCFC?  Wow

Promotion/Relegation – the Debate Goes on – ESPN FC Graham Parker

Who Could have gone to Copa for US

MLS Power Rankings SI

Indy 11 game vs Mexican First Division side Monarcas Morelia Sun -June 28, 1:30 pm Tix $15

Indy 11 2 members on Final Spring Team of Week

Everything you Need to Know about Morelia

Indy 11 Fall Schedule starts July 5

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Carmel High Boys – Youth Soccer Camp –  2nd to 6th Graders only

Run by CHS Boys team players – Fri, Aug 7 (9:30 am till 12 noon) – CHS Practice Turf Fields behind CHS football stadium. 2nd to 6th Graders only – Cost $35 to CHS –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508

July 11th Carmel’s Dad Club – 3 v 3 Live Tour

Carmel’s Dad Club and 3v3 Live team up together to bring you the 13 annual Kick in the Grass Tournament. July 11th, Rain date July 12th.  This tournament has attracted over 100 teams the last several years.  Music, Speed Shot, Shot Accuracy and more fun.  Full Concessions and more!  Register and more info @ www.3v3live.com  $185 per team up to six players. Each player will receive a t-shirt, top three teams in each division get custom medals, top four qualify for Regionals -the road to Disney.

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GAMES THIS WEEK

Wed,, June 24

7:30 pm            Chile vs Uraguay  Copa             beIn Sports

11 pm               LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers – ESPN 2

Fri, June 26

4 pm                 Germany vs France WWC Quarters Fox

7 pm                China vs USA   WWC Quarters Fox

7:30 pm            Argentina vs Columbia  Copa  beIn Sports

Sat, June 27

12 noon            Germany vs ??  U 21 Euros       ESPNU

3 pm                 Denmark vs ??  U 21 Euros        ESPN U

4 pm                 Australia vs Japan  WWC Quarters – Fox Sports 1

5:30 pm            Brazil vs Paraguay Copa            beIn Sports

6 pm                 Mexico vs Costa Rica    friendly             ESPN 2

7:30 pm            Canada vs  England WWC Quarters  Fox Sports 1

Sun, June 28

5 pm                 NY City FC hosts NY Red Bulls – MLS – ESPN

7 pm                 Portland Timbers host Seattle Sounders – Fox Sports 1

Mon, July 29

7:30 pm            Copa America Semi-Final #1      beIn Sports

Tues, June 30,

7 pm                 WWC Semi-Finals Fox Sports 1

7:30 pm            Copa America Semi Final #2  beIn Sports

Wed, July 1

7 pm                 WWC Semi-Finals Fox US Would play July 1

Friday, July 3  International friendly

6:30 p.m.,         United States men vs. Guatemala (at LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.) Fox Sports 1 and UniMás:

Saturday, July 4

4 pm                 WWC – 3rd Place Match – Fox

5 pm                 Copa America Finals – beIn Sports

Sunday, July 5

5 pm                 Portland Timbers vs SJ Earthquakes

7 pm                 WWC –FINALS – Fox

7 pm                Indy 11 @ NY Cosmos             ESPN 3

Tuesday, July 7 – GOLD CUP STARTS

9:30 pm            US Men vs Honduras            Fox Sports 1

Wed, July 8

8 pm                 Costa Rica vs Jamaica              Fox Sports 2  Carson, Cal

10:30 pm          El Salvador vs Canada              Fox Sports 2

Thursday, July 9

7 pm                      T&T vs Guatemala           Fox Sports 2  Chicago Soldier Field

9:30 pm                Mexico vs Cuba                 Fox Sports 2  Chicago Soldier Field

Fri, July 10

6 pm                      Honduras vs Panama      Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                USA vs Haiti                   Fox Sports 1  Fox Borough, Mass

Sat, July 11

6:30 pm                Jamaica vs Canada           Fox Sports 2  Houston, Tx

7:30 pm                Indy 11 vs Carolina Railhawks   TV 8  @ The Mike

9 pm                      Costa Rica vs El Salvador Fox Sports 2

Sun, July 12

5 pm                      NY City FC vs Toronto FC  ESPN2

6:30 pm                T+T vs Cuba                        Fox Sports 2

7 pm                      Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake  Fox Sports 1

9 pm                      Mexico vs Guatemala    Fox Sports 2

Mon, July 13

7 pm                      Haiti vs Honduras             Fox Sports 1       Sporting Park, KC

9:30 pm                Panama vs USA              Fox Sports 1       Sporting Park, KC

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE ON FOX

Copa America Schedule

Gold Cup Schedule

Soccer Camps – Boys and Girls -Ages 6 – 14

Post2Post Soccer Camp
Former Pittsburgh Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin and Coach Carla Baker run their annual field player camp for players of all abilities July 27-30 — 9 am to 3 pm $190 each @ Badger

Goal2Gol Soccer Camp    (SOLD OUT-Waiting List)
CHS Men’s Head Coach Shane Schmidt, a former U-20 US National Team player, runs his annual camp from 9 am to 2 pm July 13-17. $150 if you sign up before 6/30 @ River Road Fields.   (Waiting List)

Carmel High Boys – Youth Soccer Camp –  2nd to 6th Graders only

Run by CHS Boys team players – Fri, Aug 7 (9:30 am till 12 noon) – CHS Practice Turf Fields behind CHS football stadium. 2nd to 6th Graders only – Cost $35 to CHS –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508

U.S. Mens Gold Cup Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler WHY????  (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski OMG WHY?? (San Jose Earthquakes)

Kick In for your Community — Meijer and NABISCO for every participating product purchased, 5¢ will be donated to Youth Soccer organizations, up to $100,000

Coach Shane Best – Carmel FC

Proud Member of the Brick Yard Battalion – http://brickyardbattalion.com/ , Sam’s Army – http://sams-army.com/

Earn Your Degree or Professional Certificate from Purdue U Lean 6 Sigma Online –http://www.collegenetwork.com/online/ts

6/18/15 US Ladies Advance, Indy 11 Win Again, Carmel FC Regional Results, Copa, TV Games Schedule

So the US ladies finally put together a solid performance – I love having Alex and Abby at forward– they had some solid combinations up front and should have score a couple during the run of play. Of course former Gator Abby Wambach is a monster on set pieces and she came thru again at the end of the half.  The US Defense continues to be the strength of the team with Johnston and Sauerbrunn just shutting things down in the middle.  The US still needs to manufacture more goals and should be averaging at least 2 per game with the firepower they have.  But considering Alex Morgan (simply one of the best players in the world) just now played ¾ of a game for the first time in 3 months – and had multiple chances is a good sign.  There still seems be a lack of consistency in the midfield – and honestly Jill Ellis is still WAY too conservative for me.  When Nigeria went down a player in the 70th minute the US had no excuse for not pushing forward for the safety clinching 2nd and 3rd goals – instead they inserted defenders for forwards and mids and looked just to hold on. Didn’t look like the best team in the world to be honest.  That being said winning the group sends the US ladies thru with a much easier road which should take them to at least the Semi-Finals.

In local news the Indy 11 put up perhaps their best ever home victory with a 3-0 thrashing of Edmonton, the 2 straight wins under interim coach Tim Regan moves them from 11th to 5th overall in the NASL heading into the summer break. If you followed the blog over the weekend you know the Carmel FC U13 and U14 girls advanced to Regional play in the President’s Cup in St. Louis where the U13’s finished a solid 2-1 and 2nd in their group while the U14s gave up just 1 goal in group play to finish 0-1-2.  Good jobs ladies – and congrats to the FC Pride U14 boys team for being the only Indiana team to advance to Nationals in July.

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U10/12 CFC Girls Coach Andy Martin, Manager Lisa Martin and the family Martin at the US first World Cup game in Winnipeg -send your pics if made the trek up north for WWC action. (I’m jealous).

US Ladies

US beats Nigeria on Wambach Goal

Morgan Starts and Sparks US Win Jeff Carlisle ESPN FC

US Advances on Tough D and Wambach Goal – Grant Wahl SI

Johnston, Sauerbrunn anchor defense in win over Nigeria – SI- Liviu Bird

The Daily W with Julie Foudy

Hays: Wambach sparks U.S. — again

#HowSheDoesIt: Carli Lloyd makes the plays

Abby Wambach plays starring role in U.S. win

Three observations: U.S. wins 1-0, clinches Group D

World Cup: Key stat takeaways from U.S. win

Abby Wambach’s Goal Powers U.S. Past Nigeria

Women’s World Cup 2015 schedule

Women’s World Cup bracket

What we Learned Day 12 WWC

 US Men

Dempseys Actions in Cup Game Warrant Suspension  Jason Davis – ESPNFC

Dempsey Tossed in Seattle vs Portland Cup game for ripping Red Card

US Gold Cup top 35 Announced for Tourney starting July 7th.

US Improving Under Klinsmann

Gonzalez Hails Great Week for US

US U20s lose Quarterfinal on PKs 5-6

Game Story US U20s US Soccer.com

US U20s accomplished A lot – Peter Nolan Got Soccer

U20 World Cup Final 4 Set

US 20 Star Gedion Zelalem Eyes Arsenal Breakthrough Season

NASL and MLS + US Open Cup 

Indy 11 Dominate Spring Finale vs Edmonton with 3-0 Home win

Indy 11 Win Big in Spring Finale Indy Star

Indy 11 Musings for this Week

11 Climb to 5th place for the Spring Season

Get Tickets for Indy 11 Friendly vs Mexican Side Morelia June 28th Game at the Mike

NASL Plays of the Week 11

Carmelo buys new NASL Team Puerto Rico FC

MLS Power Rankings Seattle on Top ESPN

Must See Week 15 Moments

Dempsey Tossed in Seattle vs Portland Cup game for ripping Red Card

WORLD

Italy falls to Portugal – misses WC Qualifier Seeding

Smaller Countries Close to Euro Championship Place

Argentina beat Uruguay on Aguero goal Copa

How to Fix FIFA –NY Times

Brazil loses to Columbia in Copa – Neymar suspended

GAMES THIS WEEK

Fri, June 19  

5 pm Mexico vs Paraguay  COPA beIN sports

7:30 pm Chile vs Bolivia  COPA beIN Sports

Sat, June 20

1 am         U20 WC Final  Brazil vs Serbia (who beat the US in PKs) Fox Sports 1

3 pm         Uruguay vs Paraguay  COPA beIn Sports

4 pm         Germany (1B) vs. Sweden (3D), 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

5:30 pm     Argentina vs Jamaica  COPA beIn Sports

7:30 pm     China (2A) vs. Cameroon (2C), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Sun, June 21

1 pm         Brazil (1E) vs. Australia (2D), 1 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

4 pm         France (1F) vs. South Korea (2E), 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

5 pm         DC United vs New England – MLS – ESPN2

5:30 pm     Brazil vs Venezuela   COPA beIn Sports

7:30 pm     Canada (1A) vs. Switzerland (3C), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

10 pm         Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC – Fox Sports 1

Mon, June 22

5 pm         Norway (2B) vs. England (2F), 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

8 pm         United States (1D) vs. Colombia (3F), 8 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Tues, June 23

10 pm       Japan (1C) vs. Netherlands (3A), 10 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

June 24-June 27  Copa QuarterFinals  7:30 pm beIn Sports

Wed,, June 24

7:30 pm     Chile vs Uraguay  Copa  beIn Sports

Fri, June 26

4 pm         Germany vs France WWC Quarters Fox

7 pm        China vs USA????   WWC Quarters Fox

7:30 pm     Argentina vs Columbia  Copa  beIn Sports

 Sat, June 27

4 pm         Australia vs ??  WWC Quarters – Fox Sports 1

7:30 pm     Canada vs  TBA?  WWC Quarters  Fox Sports 1

7:30 pm     Brazil vs Paraguay Copa  beIn Sports

Sun, June 28

5 pm         NY City FC hosts NY Red Bulls – MLS – ESPN

7 pm         Portland Timbers host Seattle Sounders – Fox Sports 1

Mon, June 29

7:30 pm    Copa Semi – Finals beIn Sports

June 30, July 1

7 pm        WWC Semi-Finals Fox US Would play July 1

Friday, July 3

International friendly

6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 and UniMás: United States men vs. Guatemala (at LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.)

Saturday, July 4

4 pm       WWC – 3rd Place Match – Fox

5 pm        Copa America Finals – beIn Sports

Sunday, July 5

7 pm       WWC –FINALS – Fox

Tuesday, July 7 – GOLD CUP STARTS

7:30        US Men vs Honduras Fox Sports 1

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE ON FOX

http://www.livesoccertv.com/competitions/international/copa-america —  Copa Schedule

July 11th Carmel’s Dad Club – 3 v 3 Live Tour

Carmel’s Dad Club and 3v3 Live team up together to bring you the 13 annual Kick in the Grass Tournament. July 11th, Rain date July 12th.  This tournament has attracted over 100 teams the last several years.  Music, Speed Shot, Shot Accuracy and more fun.  Full Concessions and more!  Register and more info @ www.3v3live.com  $185 per team up to six players. Each player will receive a t-shirt, top three teams in each division get custom medals, top four qualify for Regionals -the road to Disney.

Soccer Camps – Boys and Girls -Ages 6 – 14

Goal2Gol Soccer Camp    (SOLD OUT-Waiting List)
CHS Men’s Head Coach Shane Schmidt, a former U-20 US National Team player, runs his annual camp from 9 am to 2 pm July 13-17. $150 if you sign up before 6/30 @ River Road Fields.   (Waiting List)

Post2Post Soccer Camp
Former Pittsburgh Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin and Coach Carla Baker run their annual field player camp for players of all abilities July 27-30 — 9 am to 3 pm $190 each @ Badger

Carmel High Boys – Youth Soccer Camp  2nd to 6th Graders only

Run by CHS Boys team players – Fri, Aug 7 (9:30 am till 12 noon) – CHS Practice Turf Fields behind CHS football stadium. 2nd to 6th Graders only – Cost $35 to CHS –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508

Initial Roster for US Men’s Gold Cup starting July 7

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club León)

Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club América), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Pubela), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Aron Jóhannsson (AZ), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Kick In for your Community — Meijer and NABISCO for every participating product purchased, 5¢ will be donated to Youth Soccer organizations, up to $100,000

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6/16 US Ladies Play Nigeria Tonite

US LADIES LOOK TO WIN GROUP TONITE vs NIGERIA

US Defense Clutch vs Sweden Grant Wahl SI

US Looks to Shake of Mediocre play in Group D tonite

What US Needs to do to Win World Cup – Leander Schaerlaeckens  Yahoo

US Expects Fight from Nigeria – Pro Soccer Talk

Klingenberg stands Tall on Line to Save US – Grant Wahl SI

Abby Says US Would Score more Goals on Grass

World Cup Fox Coverage Ratings

Seeding Messed Up for this World Cup SI

Shannon Boxx eyes World Cup Title Despite Illness – SI

US vs Sweden breaks TV Records

American Outlaws Bridge the Divide between Men and Women – The Goalkeeper

Rapinoes Biggest Fan in Jail

What We Learned Day 10 of World Cup

What to Expect today Day 11

World Cup Standings

Indy 11 Watch Party at Fishers Chatham Tap Tonite 7 pm Coverage Starts

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The Martins U12G and U10G and Coach Andy – Support the US Women in Winnepeg for the first 2 Group Games.

WORLD SOCCER

US Open Cup Action Tonite Online – including Portland vs Seattle

Italy Must win Friendly tonight for top 8 seeding in World Cup

Venezuela shocks Columbia in Copa

Neymar Saves Brazil in Copa

Chile Mexico Draw 3-3

USA WOMEN -Advancement Scenarios:

GROUP D

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 4
Australia 2 1 1 0 3 3 0 3
Sweden 2 0 0 2 3 3 0 2
Nigeria 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 1

The U.S. Women’s National Team is assured advancement to the knockout stage if it finishes Group D in first or second place.

USA will finish in first place if:

  • It beats Nigeria
  • It ties Nigeria and Australia vs. Sweden finishes in a tie
  • It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by one goal
  • It loses to Nigeria by one goal and Sweden ties Australia

If the USA finishes first in Group D, the team would play the third place finisher of Group B/E/F on June 22 in Edmonton.

USA will finish in second place if:

  • It ties Nigeria and Australia beats Sweden
  • It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by more than two goals
  • It ties Nigeria and Sweden beats Australia by two goals, but Sweden has more “Goals For” than USA
  • It loses to Nigeria by one goal and there is a winner between Australia and Sweden
  • It loses to Nigeria by two goals, Australia and Sweden tie, and the USA has more “Goals For” than Australia

If the USA finishes second in Group D, the team would play Brazil on June 21 in Moncton.

The USA can also advance if it finishes as one of the top four third-place finishers across the six World Cup groups. Advancement as a third-place team will not be assured until the Group Stage concludes on June 17. The U.S. cannot finish below third place in the group. Though Nigeria would pass the U.S. with a multi-goal margin of victory, it is not possible for both Sweden and Australia to overtake the U.S.

USA could finish in third place if:

  • It loses to Nigeria by two or more goals

If the USA finishes third in Group D and advances, the team could play the winner of Group B on June 20 in Ottawa – or – play the winner of Group A on June 21 in Vancouver.

GAMES THIS WEEK

Tuesday 16 June
5:00 PM – Ecuador v. Japan (Group C, Winnipeg) – FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM – Switzerland v. Cameroon (Group C,– Edmonton) – FOX Sports 2
8:00 PM – Nigeria v. USA (Group D, BC Place Stadium – Vancouver) – FOX
8:00 PM – Australia v. Sweden (Group D,– Edmonton) – FOX Sports 1

Wednesday 17 June
4:00 PM – Mexico v. France (Group F,– Ottawa) – FOX
4:00 PM – England v. Colombia (Group F, Montreal) – FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM – Costa Rica v. Brazil (Group E, Moncton) – FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM – Korea Republic v. Spain (Group E, Ottawa) – FOX Sports 2

Fri,  June 19

9:30 pm    U20 WC – 3rd Place Game  Fox 2

Sat, June 20

1 am         U20 WC Final  Fox Sports 1

3 pm         Uruguay vs Paraguay  beIn Sports

Sun, June 21

1 pm         WWC – Sweet 16

4 pm         WWC – Sweet 16

5 pm         DC United vs New England – MLS – ESPN2

5:30 pm     Brazil vs Venezuela   beIn Sports

7:30 pm     WWC – Sweet 16

10 pm         Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC – Fox Sports 1

Mon, June 22

5 pm         WWC – Sweet 16

8 pm         WWC – Sweet 16

Sun, June 28

5 pm         NY City FC hosts NY Red Bulls – MLS – ESPN

7 pm         Portland Timbers host Seattle Sounders – Fox Sports 1

Friday, July 3

International friendly

6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 and UniMás: United States men vs. Guatemala (at LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.)

Tuesday, July 7 – GOLD CUP STARTS

7:30        US Men vs Honduras Fox Sports 1

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE ON FOX

http://www.foxsports.com/foxsportsgo  Women’s World Cup online – if your cable provider supports – also check the smartphone app.

Soccer Camps – Boys and Girls -Ages 6 – 14

Post2Post Soccer Camp
Former Pittsburgh Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin and Coach Carla Baker run their annual field player camp for players of all abilities July 27-30 — 9 am to 3 pm $190 each @ Badger

Goal2Gol Soccer Camp   SOLD OUT
CHS Men’s Head Coach Shane Schmidt, a former U-20 US National Team player, runs his annual camp from 9 am to 2 pm July 13-17. $150 before 6/30 @ River Road Fields.  SOLD OUT

Kick In for your Community — Meijer and NABISCO for every participating product purchased, 5¢ will be donated to Youth Soccer organizations, up to $100,000

6/12/15 US Men beat Germany, US Women play Sweden Fri, U20 Men advance, Carmel FC teams in Regionals, TV Schedule

US Men Beat World Cup Champs 2-1, US Women vs Sweden Fri Night, U 20 Men Advance to Elite 8 

USA 2 Germany 1 at Germany are you kidding me.  The US men’s National Team thoroughly outplayed the Germans from about the 35 minute mark thru the end as they win another big game (yes a friendly but still – do you think Loew wanted to lose to his mentor?? – NO WAY) at the home of a top 5 in the world team. First  forward Bobby Wood’s – (from California – playing in Germany’s 2nd division) goal last week beat the Netherland’s in the last minute, and now his spectacular goal in the 85th minute beat the Defending WORLD CUP CHAMPION Germany.  And no this wasn’t just the B team – this was an A minus team for both squads  – but honestly does this show the USA might just be a little deeper than Germany and the Dutch?  Listen I will be the first to admit that I have questioned the mastermind of US coach Juergan Klinnsmann more than once – wondering if we are actually moving forward as a soccer playing country.  But I have to admit – the last 2 games with young guys coming off the bench and young guys starting at defense – is beginning to show the US’s ability to take it to other teams – to possess and control and take the attack to some of the better teams in the world.  Again its just a friendly but after winning on the road at Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, and now Germany we have to admit the US is doing things that we have rarely if ever done before.  I have to assume the next FIFA rankings will have the US in the Top 15 for the first time in a while (that’s what beating # 1 and #5 in the World could do).

Now to the game- so Brad Guzan continues to show why he is ready to take the #1 gloves from Tim Howard.  He made some big saves in both games this week – and the Gold Cup this summer will just give him more time to establish himself between the pipes for the US – while hopefully leading him to bigger opportunities in Europe than Aston Villa.  Bradley continued to show his worth as an attacking mid – maybe Jurgy is right that Bradley should be an attacking mid not a d mid for the US.  He certainly proved dangerous in the last game (when he was man of the match) and this game he had an assist and almost scored.  Now the defense is another story – I thought the center back pairing of Brooks and Alvarado looked shaky at best, Timmy Chandler on the right was horrific again –(how he can be seen as better than Cameron at right back who starts in the EPL is beyond me).   Gold cup is going to need to return to either Gonzalez and Belzer or some combination including at least 1 of them.

Meanwhile, the US Ladies face their biggest match in group play vs Sweden – former US coach now Swedish coach Pia Sundhage has started her mind games calling the US players out – It should make for an interesting battle – Friday Night 8 pm on Fox.

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U13 Girls Carmel FC – Pregame Photo at Regionals in St. Louis

Finally 2 Carmel FC girls teams have advanced to the President’s Cup Regional Finals in St. Louis, a first ever for the club.  The U13s won 2-0 Thurs, while the U14s tied their game 0-0. Pool play continues thru Sat AM with the finals on Sunday – check out the ole ballcoach https://theoleballcoach.wordpress.com and the Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/carmelfchq for updates over the weekend and Best of luck ladies!!

US Ladies World Cup 

Sweden Coach Pia Sundhage rips former US players

Former US Coach now Sweden Coach calls out US Players

What you need to Know for the Game – goal.com

Hays: U.S. women better with Rapinoe on field

How Jill Ellis became the highest profile coach in the World ESPNW

US Ladies Attack a Concern

Hope Solo remains US insurance policy ESPN FC

Cool USA Ladies – Nike Spot

USA wins first Game –Grant Wahl SI

US Game Highlights

Hope Solo Saves US in 1st Game – NY Times

Hopes Early Saves

US class saves game vs Australia Grant Wahl – SI

US Gamestory

US Men + U 20s

Bradley keys historic win over WC Champ Germany Jason Davis ESPN FC

US Scheduling tough Games pays off SI – Brian Strause

US Players Rankings ESPN FC

Klinnsman following formula that built Germany back up – ESPN FC

US finds Identity – beat Germany 2-1  Armchair Anyalyst MLS

Klinsmann thrill with confidence shown

10 Takeaways from US Win over Germany Goal.com

US Bob Bradley coaching miracles at Stabaek – MLS Soccer.com

US Wins and Advance in U20 World Cup

MLS + Indy 11 

Indy 11 comes from behind to beat Ft. Lauderdale on the road behind Pineda’s Brace

11 Pineda named NASL Player of the Week

Indy 11 New Era

NASL Outsider- Wild Week – Reckless Challenge

June 13 Tickets Still Available for $10

MLS Power Rankings  June 8

Canadian MLS Teams Climbing

Kaka assesses his MLS Start for Orlando

MLS Save of the Week

Want to Be a Ballboy or Ballgirl for the Indy 11 Games?   Sign up to be a McDonald’s Ball Manager – Visit the IndyEleven.com “Contests” page for full details … and sign up by TUESDAY AT 5:00 PM for consideration for this Saturday’s match at “The Mike: http://indyxi.co/XIContests

GAMES ON TV 

Thursday 11 June
3:45 pm    Spain vs Costa Rica  – ESPN 3 Men

4:00 PM – Germany v. Norway (Group B, Lansdowne Stadium – Ottawa) – FOX Sports 1
6:00 PM – China PR v. Netherlands (Group A, Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton) – FOX Sports 2
7:00 PM – Côte d’Ivoire v. Thailand (Group B, – Ottawa) – FOX Sports 1

7:30 pm    Chile vs Equador  – Copa America –  beIn Sports
9:00 PM – Canada v. New Zealand (Group A,  – Edmonton) – FOX Sports 1

Friday 12 June
2:45 pm    Italy vs Croatia – ESPN2 –Euro Qualifying

5:00 PM – Australia v. Nigeria (Group D,  Winnipeg) – FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM – Switzerland v. Ecuador (Group C,  Vancouver) – FOX Sports 1
8:00 PM – USA v. Sweden (Group D, Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg) – FOX
10:00 PM – Japan v. Cameroon (Group C, – Vancouver) – FOX Sports 1

Saturday 13 June
12 noon – Armenia vs Portugal ESPN – Euro Qualifying

1:00 PM – France v. Colombia (Group F,– Moncton) – FOX
4:00 PM – Brazil v. Spain (Group E,– Montreal) – FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM – England v. Mexico (Group F,– Moncton) – FOX
5:30 pm    Argentina vs Paraguay  beIn Sports

7:00 PM – Korea Republic v. Costa Rica (Group E, Montreal) – FOX Sports 2

7:30 pm    Indy 11 vs Edmonton – Channel 8  + ESPN3

Sunday, June 14

12:30 AM   US U-20s  vs  Serbia Elite 8 – Fox Sports 1 – U-20 World Cup

2:45 pm    Belarus vs Spain – Fox Sports 2 Euro Qualifying

5:30 pm    Brazil vs Peru  – beIn Sports –Copa America

7 pm        Orlando City vs DC United – Fox Sports 1 MLS

Monday 15 June
4:00 PM – Thailand v. Germany (Group B,– Winnipeg) – FOX
4:00 PM – Côte d’Ivoire v. Norway (Group B,– Moncton) – FOX Sports 1
7:30 PM – Netherlands v. Canada (Group A,– Montreal) – FOX Sports 1
7:30 PM – China PR v. New Zealand (Group A,– Winnipeg) – FOX Sports 2

7:30 pm –  Chile vs Mexico – beIn Sports – Copa America

Tuesday 16 June
5:00 PM – Ecuador v. Japan (Group C, Winnipeg) – FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM – Switzerland v. Cameroon (Group C,– Edmonton) – FOX Sports 2
8:00 PM – Nigeria v. USA (Group D, BC Place Stadium – Vancouver) – FOX
8:00 PM – Australia v. Sweden (Group D,– Edmonton) – FOX Sports 1

Wednesday 17 June
4:00 PM – Mexico v. France (Group F,– Ottawa) – FOX
4:00 PM – England v. Colombia (Group F, Montreal) – FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM – Costa Rica v. Brazil (Group E, Moncton) – FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM – Korea Republic v. Spain (Group E, Ottawa) – FOX Sports 2

Fri,  June 19

9:30 pm    U20 WC – 3rd Place Game  Fox 2

Sat, June 20

1 am         U20 WC Final  Fox Sports 1

3 pm         Uruguay vs Paraguay  beIn Sports

Sun, June 21

1 pm         WWC – Sweet 16

4 pm         WWC – Sweet 16

5 pm         DC United vs New England – MLS – ESPN2

5:30 pm     Brazil vs Venezuela   beIn Sports

7:30 pm     WWC – Sweet 16

10 pm         Real Salt Lake vs Sporting KC – Fox Sports 1

Mon, June 22

5 pm         WWC – Sweet 16

8 pm         WWC – Sweet 16

Sun, June 28

5 pm         NY City FC hosts NY Red Bulls – MLS – ESPN

7 pm         Portland Timbers host Seattle Sounders – Fox Sports 1

Friday, July 3

International friendly

6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 and UniMás: United States men vs. Guatemala (at LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.)

Tuesday, July 7 – GOLD CUP STARTS

7:30        US Men vs Honduras Fox Sports 1

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TV SCHEDULE ON FOX

http://www.foxsports.com/foxsportsgo  Women’s World Cup online – if your cable provider supports – also check the smartphone app.

Soccer Camps – Boys and Girls -Ages 6 – 14

Post2Post Soccer Camp
Former Pittsburgh Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin and Coach Carla Baker run their annual field player camp for players of all abilities July 27-30 — 9 am to 3 pm $190 each @ Badger

Goal2Gol Soccer Camp
CHS Men’s Head Coach Shane Schmidt, a former U-20 US National Team player, runs his annual camp from 9 am to 2 pm July 13-17. $150 before 6/30 @ River Road Fields.

Kick In for your Community — Meijer and NABISCO for every participating product purchased, 5¢ will be donated to Youth Soccer organizations, up to $100,000

6/14/15 U13 Girls finish 2-0-1 in St. Louis at Regionals, U14 Girls 0-2-1

6/14/15

So the Carmel FC U13 Girls ran into a buzzsaw in their final game of Regional Pool play losing 3-0 on Sat am. They finished 2-1-0 and finished 2nd in their group overall.   A fantastic job by coach Baco, the other coaches and the girls in representing our first Carmel FC teams into President’s Cup Regional play.

The U-14 girls finished up pool play with a hard fought 0-0 tie, coach Cecilia’s girls only gave up 1 goal across 3 games in pool play as they battled injuries down the stretch.  The ladies finished up 0-2-1 overall and look to possibly move into MRL play next season.

6/12/15

Hard fought 1-0 loss for our CFC U14 Girls to the NWC Alliance Team from Ohio Friday morning. Now at 0-1-1 heading into their final game vs KHSC Mossinger from KY Sat at 10:30 am.

The Carmel FC U13 Girls won their 2nd game in Regional Pool play 2-1 vs Ohio’s Soccer Vision Academy behind goals from Olivia Fray (7th minute) and Libby Miller (37th minute).  Now standing at 2-0-0 with a 4 to 1 goal differential they play again Sat at 8:30 am vs Illinois’ Strikers FV. The Championship game is Sunday AM.

U13 Girls take 2-1 lead early 2nd half – goal by Libby Miller.

The CFC U13 Girls tied 1 -1 with Ohio team at the 20 minute mark.  Goal by Olivia Fray.

6/11/15

The U13 Carmel FC Girls won their first game 2-0 at Regionals vs The Tri City Storm of North Dakota -goals by Lexi Calvert and Megan Prince. Their 2nd game in pool play is 8:30 am tomorrow vs N. Ohio’s Soccer Vision Academy, then Sat 8:30 am vs Illinois’ Strikers FV.

U13G_regionals

U13 Girls Carmel FC – Pregame Photo at Regionals in St. Louis

The U14 girls tied the ACPV United Landry of Miz 0-0 in their first game of pool play.  They play the NWC Alliance Team from Ohio tomorrow at 10:30 am. followed by the KHSC Mossinger from KY Sat at 10:30 am.

Best of luck ladies!!  Keep checking the ole ballcoach and Facebook pages for updates.

 Kick In for your Community — Meijer and NABISCO for every participating product purchased, 5¢ will be donated to Youth Soccer organizations, up to $100,000

 

6/04/15 Champion League Finals, Women’s World Cup, Indy 11 Fire Coach, Carmel FC Teams to Regionals and Tryout Info

Champions League Finals Sat, Women’s World Cup Starts, Indy 11 Fire Coaches, Carmel FC Teams to Regionals, US Men, Blatter Resigns + Games of the Week on TV 

Wow so what a busy week of Soccer – off the field – The Indy 11 release head coach Juergen Sommer and place Ast Coach Tim Regan in charge – while FIFA’s embattled president Sepp Blatter was finally forced to resign amid a huge scandal.  On the pitch – the Champions League Finals wrap up Saturday afternoon, June 6 @ 2 pm on Fox with Juventus and Barcelona matching up in a winner take all for the best club team in Europe.  (more people worldwide will see this game than the Superbowl, World Series and NBA Finals combined).  It’s the world’s top player Messi with Suarez (the biter), and Neymar up front against the wonderful defense of Juve with Goalkeeper extraordinaire Gigi Buffon, defender Chiellini, midfielders Pirlo and Progba and forwards Tevez and Morrato.

The Women’s World Cup kicks off the month long tourney in Canada on Saturday with games across the Fox Networks – the US starts its march on Monday at 7:30.  Meanwhile the US men are in Europe for friendlies against the Netherlands – Fri 2:30 pm on ESPN and Germany Wed 2:30 pm Fox Sports 1, while the US U20’s are still alive in the U-20 World Cup (Fox Sports 1).

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Congratulations to the Carmel FC U13 Girls for winning the Indiana Presidents Cup Finals at Grand Park last weekend.  The girls are headed to St. Louis for Regional Finals in 2 weeks.

1st Row (L to R) Audrey Kaul, Lily McAndrews, Chloe Ipsen, Abby Dickerson, Caroline Benton, Martha Hunter, Libbi Miller

2nd Row (L to R) Madelyn Baxter, Sam Montgomery, Grace Evans, Sydney Haines, Abby Dalton, Megan Prince, Emma Antoine

3rd Row (L to R) Assistant Coach Andy Dalton, Head Coach Baco Benton and Assistant Coach Joel Kaul

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U14 Carmel FC Gold Team advances to Regional Finals in St. Louis in 2 weeks after winning the Indiana President’s Cup this past weekend at Grand Park in Westfield. 

LOWER (L to R)  Lexie Hayes, Sophia Leonard, Selin Oh, Halle Von Ah, Elizabeth Lewis, Nicole Langston, Tatyana Gilliam

MIDDLE (L to R)  Olivia Krall, Lucy Snyder, Lily Snyder, Elizabeth Langeman, Anna Springer, Lauren Burke, Head Coach Cecilia Lacerda

TOP (L to R) Ast Coach Mike Langeman, Claire Bruns, Sophie Bair, Lila Smith, Rachael Miller, Taylor Carlson, Cara Sajdyk, Ast Coach John Leonard

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Tryouts for Carmel FC – Carmel’s Only Travel Soccer Program – are June 8 + 9  –  5:30 till 8:30 pm at Badger Field in Carmel.  River Road Fields for U15-U18 teams 7 till 8:30 pm – visit http://www.cdccarmelfc.com for more info and to pre-register.

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UPCOMING US GAMES

DATE:OPPONENT:RESULT/TV:

Fri  June 5 :           US U-20s  vs Ukraine 3 AM   U-20 World Cup  –  Fox Sports 1

Friday, Jun 5:          USMNT vs Netherlands 2:30 PM  ESPN, UniMas, UDN

Mon, Jun 8              US Women vs Australia – 7:30 pm WORLD CUP – Fox Sports

Wednesday, Jun 10:      USMNT vs Germany 2:45 PM Fox Sports 1, UDN

Thurs, June 11     US U-20s  vs  ????      Round of 16 U-20 World Cup  3:30 AM Fox Sports 1   

Fri, Jun 12             US Women vs Sweden – 8 pm WORLD CUP – Fox

Tues, Jun 16        US Women vs Nigeria – 8 pm WORLD CUP – Fox

Friday, Jul 3:         USMNT vs Guatemala 6:30 PM   Fox Sports 1, UDN

Tuesday, Jul 7: USMNT vs Honduras 9:30 PM Gold Cup   Frisco, Texas   Fox Sports 1,

Friday, Jul 10:   USMNT vs Haiti 8:30 PM Gold Cup   Foxborough   Fox Sports 1,

Monday, Jul 13: USMNT vs Panama9:30 PM  Gold Cup  Kansas City  Fox Sports 1,

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALS

Lionel Messi’s unbelievable goal in Spanish Cup in 16 countries – I love the Spanish – GOAL GOAL GOAL

Buffon says Messi is an Alien

Juve vs Barca Preview – Graham Hunter and Pablo Menicucci

Goalies Take Center Stage – eSPN FC Delaney  

Gigi Buffon expands on his Juve Teammates

Juve vs Barcelona throughout history – SBNation – Andy Thomas

Key Battles in Champs League Finals – ESPN FC Michael Cox

Juve and Barca Past Finals Victories

Xavi Plays his Last Game for Barca – Explore the Greatness that is Xabi   

WOMENS WORLD CUP 

Just how good is the US Ladies Team?

Women’s US Team – WE BELIEVE Campaign

Women’s World Cup  Best Players

Women’s World Cup – Preview and Group Cheatsheet – Mashable

Can Alex Morgan (Knee injury) be ready for World Cup?  Grant Wahl SI

World Cup Previews All 24 Teams

WWC TV Schedule on FOX

US MENS SOCCER

US-U20s  lose to Ukraine 3-0 still advance as #2 in Group

US/Netherlands Previw Brian Straus – SI  

5 questions US vs Dutch ESPN FC

US Mens Roster Set  for Dutch and German Friendlies this week

U-20 World Cup Team – Advances  

Zelalem Shines for U20s at World Cup (includes rebona)

US back Yedlin sets sights on Tottenham starting spot

US Goalie Pipeline

MLS + Indy 11  

Indy 11 Fire Coaches – Indy Star

MLS Rankings

Report has Juve’s Andrea Pirlo headed to NYCFC after Champions League Final

EPL and WORLD LEAGUES

Euro Clubs Barca, Arsenal, PSG and Wolfsburg Win Domestic Cups

http://www.espnfc.com/english-premier-league/story/2467693/position-power-ranks-top-10-forwards Top World Forwards

http://www.espnfc.com/barclays-premier-league/23/blog/post/2436552/premier-league-season-in-a-sentence   EPL Season in 1 sentence

FIFA SCANDAL – BLATTER RESIGNS

Would Revote of 2022 go to US?

Blatter is Out What’s Next

Blatter is Out

Soccer Camps – Boys and Girls -Ages 6 – 14

Ok so its Summer Camp time – below are some nice options for Soccer Camps this summer

Indy 11 Soccer Camp June 8-11 — 9 am till 12 noon Ages 5-14 $135 @ Badger Fields

3 v 3 Kick in the Grass National Tour Sat – July 11 8 am – All Day  Badger Field  4 games minimum  – 3 v 3 soccer  U-6 to High School

Post2Post Soccer Camp
Former Pittsburgh Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin and Former Iowa Coach Carla Baker run their annual field player camp for players of all abilities July 27-30 — 9 am to 3 pm $190 each @ Badger

Goal2Gol Soccer Camp
CHS Men’s Head Coach Shane Schmidt, a former U-20 US National Team player, runs his annual camp from 9 am to 2 pm July 13-17. $150 before 6/30 @ River Road Fields.

GAMES ON TV 

Friday, June 5

International friendly 2:30 pm,  ESPN: Netherlands vs. United States men

Saturday, June 6

UEFA Champions League (FINALS)

2:45 p.m., Fox :        Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

6 pm, Fox Sports 1       Women’s World Cup – Canada vs China

9 pm, Fox Sports 1       Women’s World Cup – New Zealand vs Netherlands

7:30 pm ESPN3            Indy 11 vs Ft. Lauderdale

Sunday, June 7  (Men)

8 am ESPN 2                Ireland vs England

1 pm     Fox                  Norway vs Thailand WWC

4 pm     Fox                  Germany vs South Africa  WWC

4 pm     ESPN3             Brazil vs Mexico

5 pm     ESPN2             MLS – Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids

7 pm     Fox Sports 1     San Jose vs Dallas

Monday 08 June

4:00 PM – Sweden v. Nigeria (Group D, Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg) – FOX
7:00 PM – Cameroon v. Ecuador (Group C, BC Place Stadium – Vancouver) – FOX Sports 2
7:30 PM – USA v. Australia (Group D, Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg) – FOX Sports 1
10:00 PM – Japan v. Switzerland (Group C,  Vancouver) – FOX Sports 1

Tuesday 09 June

1:00 PM – France v. England (Group F, Moncton Stadium – Moncton) – FOX
4:00 PM – Spain v. Costa Rica (Group E, Olympic Stadium -Montreal) – FOX
4:00 PM – Colombia v. Mexico (Group F, Moncton Stadium – Moncton) – FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM – Brazil v. Korea Republic (Group E, Olympic Stadium -Montreal) – FOX Sports 1

Wednesday, June 10

International friendly

Time 2:30 pm  Fox Sports 1 and UniMás: Germany vs. United States men (at Cologne, Germany) 

Thursday 11 June

3:30 AM       Fox Sports 1   US U-20s  vs  ????      Round of 16 U-20 World Cup

4:00 PM – Germany v. Norway (Group B, Lansdowne Stadium – Ottawa) – FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM – China PR v. Netherlands (Group A, Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton) – FOX Sports 2
7:00 PM – Côte d’Ivoire v. Thailand (Group B, Lansdowne Stadium – Ottawa) – FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM – Canada v. New Zealand (Group A,  Edmonton) – FOX Sports 1

Friday 12 June

5:00 PM – Australia v. Nigeria (Group D, Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg) – FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM – Switzerland v. Ecuador (Group C, BC Place Stadium – Vancouver) – FOX Sports 1
8:00 PM – USA v. Sweden (Group D, Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg) – FOX
10:00 PM – Japan v. Cameroon (Group C, BC Place Stadium – Vancouver) – FOX Sports 1 

Saturday 13 June
1:00 PM – France v. Colombia (Group F, Moncton Stadium – Moncton) – FOX
4:00 PM – Brazil v. Spain (Group E, Olympic Stadium – Montreal) – FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM – England v. Mexico (Group F, Moncton Stadium – Moncton) – FOX
7:00 PM – Korea Republic v. Costa Rica (Group E, Montreal) – FOX Sports 2

Monday 15 June
4:00 PM – Thailand v. Germany (Group B, Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg) – FOX
4:00 PM – Côte d’Ivoire v. Norway (Group B, Moncton Stadium – Moncton) – FOX Sports 1
7:30 PM – Netherlands v. Canada (Group A, Olympic Stadium – Montreal) – FOX Sports 1
7:30 PM – China PR v. New Zealand (Group A, Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg) – FOX Sports 2

Tuesday 16 June
5:00 PM – Ecuador v. Japan (Group C, Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg) – FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM – Switzerland v. Cameroon (Group C, Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton) – FOX Sports 2
8:00 PM – Nigeria v. USA (Group D, BC Place Stadium – Vancouver) – FOX
8:00 PM – Australia v. Sweden (Group D, Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton) – FOX Sports 1

Wednesday 17 June
4:00 PM – Mexico v. France (Group F, Lansdowne Stadium – Ottawa) – FOX
4:00 PM – England v. Colombia (Group F, Olympic Stadium – Montreal) – FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM – Costa Rica v. Brazil (Group E, Moncton Stadium – Moncton) – FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM – Korea Republic v. Spain (Group E,  Ottawa) – FOX Sports 2

Friday, July 3

International friendly

6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 and UniMás: United States men vs. Guatemala (at LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.)

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Indy Eleven fires coach Juergen Sommer

Taken from Indy Star — Matthew Glenesk and Blake Schuster,5:08 p.m. EDT June 2, 2015

Juergen Sommer, the only head coach the Indy Eleven have ever known, was relieved of his duties on Tuesday.The Eleven have struggled mightily in their second season, sitting in last place with just one win in the team’s first eight league games this season.Indy also crashed out of the U.S. Open Cup, losing to third-tier expansion side Louisville City FC.”This is a very difficult day in Indy Eleven history, but a necessary day,” team president Peter Wilt said. “Juergen is Indiana soccer and he worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week to see this team be successful. We determined if Indy Eleven was going to go forward and get the best out of the players we have we needed to go in a different direction.”Assistant coach and former Major League soccer defender Tim Regan will take over on an interim basis. Kleberson, the team’s injured star, will serve as an assistant while he rehabs his Achilles injury the rest of the season.”Over time you’ll see a slightly different look,” Regan said. “But everybody has more to offer.”In naming him coach, Wilt cited Regan’s time playing for Bob Bradley — who Wilt considers the best American soccer coach — and using his philosophies as a key to the promotion.While Wilt said Regan will have every opportunity to become the permanent head coach, he noted this is a time for the team to explore new options as it moves forward.The firing of Sommer, which Wilt said was his decision, didn’t boil down to a single event. Over the past few weeks Sommer and Wilt had been communicating about the direction and progress of the team. Wilt felt with the additions to the roster this season there shouldn’t be a lack of production on the field — especially at home. Ultimately, it cost Sommer his job.A former U.S. national team goalkeeper and former Indiana University standout, Sommer played a key role in Carmel’s youth soccer setup before joining the Eleven. However, under his stead, Indy compiled an 8-17-13 overall record in all competitions.”It wasn’t quite good enough,” Regan said. “We have to make it better.”This year, goals have been hard to come by as the team copes without Kleberson pulling the strings in the midfield. The Brazilian World Cup winner has missed the entire season and remains out indefinitely.”This is a tough day for Indy Eleven,” team owner Ersal Ozdemir said in a press release. “I will continue to have a great amount of respect and support for Juergen, as nothing less is deserved following the contributions he made to the organization and the local soccer community that he cares about so deeply over these last two years.”The Eleven travel to Fort Lauderdale to face the Strikers on Saturday.

US Men’s Team Roster Set for June Friendlies vs Dutch and Germans 

Goalkeepers:

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

Defenders:

Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders:

Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading)

Forwards:

Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

The U.S. will play the Netherlands on June 5, in Amsterdam (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN); the second match is set for June 10, in Cologne (2:45 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1).

United States roster for June friendlies a mix of proven vets, rising stars

Jurgen Klinsmann says the U.S. national team’s experimental post-World Cup transition period is ending, and that’s bad news for three starters from the squad that reached the round of 16 in Brazil in 2014.Klinsmann left Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi off the 22-man roster he named Sunday for friendlies at the Netherlands on June 5 (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) and five days later in Germany against the defending world champs.Fellow veterans Jozy Altidore (hamstring) and Alejandro Bedoya (knee) are also missing, as is captain Clint Dempsey, who is expecting his fourth child next month. Other regulars (Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza) were excused so they could look after minor injuries.But central defenders Besler and Gonzalez and midfielder Zusi each played in their most-recent game at club level, and a U.S. Soccer spokesman confirmed their absences came down to a coaching decision.With several of the 13 new players that Klinsmann has auditioned in the 10 games since the Americans were eliminated in the Round of 16 last summer now entrenched, it seems that the trio, who started nine games between them in Brazil, are on the outside looking in ahead of July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.Eight players on the roster have 10 caps or fewer, including promising young center-backs Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks.

USMNT prospects blog: Stock reports for American U-20s, U-23s

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN It’s not often that the U.S. U-20 and U-23 national teams are simultaneously involved in different tournaments on separate, far-flung continents. So if you’ve been too busy following the shenanigans at FIFA to catch the games (because what else would a normal person be doing at 3 a.m. during the week?) and can’t identify the top American players, don’t fret. We’ve got you covered.With wins against Myanmar and New Zealand, the U-20s are heading to the second round of a World Cup for the first time since 2007. (They’ll meet Ukraine in the Group A finale early Friday ET.) And while the heavily shorthanded U-23s struggled while going 2-2 in group-stage play at the Toulon Tournament, they did manage an impressive victory over the Netherlands and, thanks to France’s 4-0 win over the Dutch, miraculously advanced to the third-place playoff on Sunday. For both squads, there were several notable individual performances. Here’s the rundown:

U-20s at World Cup

Tab Ramos’ team took its opener against Myanmar, but wasn’t particularly sharp in the 2-1, comeback victory. So Ramos made four changes to his lineup before facing the hosts — one by necessity, after forward Maki Tall broke a toe, ruling him out of the rest of the competition. All of the moves paid off in the 4-0 win. LA Galaxy striker Bradford Jamieson replaced Tall up front and opened the scoring for the Yanks. After coming on as a substitute and showing flashes of his vast potential against Myanmar, ballyhooed Arsenal prospect Gedion Zelalem made his first U.S. start and quickly showed what all the fuss is about. Zelalem set up the Americans’ third goal, which was scored, emphatically, by another lineup newcomer in Paul Arriola, who has made more than 30 first-team appearances for Liga MX club Tijuana. And Dutch-based Desevio Payne, who appeared in two Eredivisie games for Groningen last season, showed solid technical ability and tactical awareness after spelling Shaq Moore (who picked up a yellow card in the first match) at full-back.As well as the replacements fared in the rout, Emerson Hyndman and Rubio Rubin have been the U-20s best players through two matches. One might have expected as much: In addition to being the two most experienced players on the squad (Hyndman played in nine games for Fulham in 2014-15, while Rubin made 21 league starts for Utrecht), they’re also the only ones boasting senior team caps. Hyndman was the lone American to score in both games and was generally everywhere. The clever Texan’s box-to-box game is similar to a young Michael Bradley’s, even if the diminutive Hyndman is less of a physical presence. His late runs into the box are very Bradleyesque, though, and his silky first touch probably makes him more naturally gifted going forward.

Rubin, meantime, set up Hyndman’s winner against Myanmar, then scored himself against New Zealand. Production aside, Rubin looked like a man against boys at times. He’s strong, good at holding the ball up and bringing teammates into the play, and an excellent passer. (If there’s one knock against him, it might be that he’s not quite selfish enough.) Those aren’t qualities often seen in American strikers.

Zelalem really does looks like the real deal so far, and not because of the audacious nutmeg or Rabona kick he pulled off against the Kiwis, fun to watch as those were. No, the thing that stands out most about Zelalem’s game is his ability to relieve pressure and get his team out of trouble when necessary. Zelalem makes it look easy. His calmness on the ball in tight spaces has drawn comparisons to former American World Cup captain Claudio Reyna, and it gives this U.S. team a dimension few at any level have had in the past. Zelalem can also play the killer final pass. He’s only going to get better as his comfort with his new teammates improves.

Tottenham prospect Cameron Carter-Vickers has been the MVP of the back line. The 17-year-old man-child’s positioning has been nearly flawless through two games, and he’s been unbeatable in the air. (He also picked up an assist on Tall’s tally in the opener.) Matt Miazga, Carter-Vickers’ partner in central defense, has also been dominant. But the 6-foot-3 New York Red Bulls starter has occasionally allowed his emotions to get the better of him after being whistled for fouls, and he’s sitting on a yellow heading into the group-stage finale.

 U-23s at Toulon Tournament

For the U-23s, senior team regulars Julian Green and Jordan Morris have been the standouts on a squad that is far from full strength. Club commitments prevented coach Andi Herzog from securing the release of more than a dozen players, meaning the ones he did get hadn’t been playing much heading into the tournament. The rust was obvious during last week’s forgettable first half against France, in which Les Bleus jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Morris clawed one back later on, but it wasn’t a good showing. The Yanks rebounded well against the Netherlands but couldn’t build on it, rounding out their group schedule with a loss to CONCACAF rival Costa Rica and a narrow win versus Qatar. Luckily the Americans received a big assist from France, whose win over the Netherlands kept the U.S. alive.

Morris, one of just two college players on the roster, continues to grow. The fast, physical Stanford man has been a handful for opposing defenders throughout the tournament and looked sharp and confident in every match. His consistency also has been impressive, even as he’s jumped back and forth between the senior team and the U-23s over the last three months. It was no surprise then that Morris was added to the senior squad’s roster for Friday’s marquee friendly against the Netherlands (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN). He remains very much in contention for a Gold Cup spot.  Green won’t join Morris in Amsterdam, but Toulon has been valuable for the German-American, too. The 19-year-old, who, like Morris, has already scored at senior level, hasn’t played one first-team minute for club or country this calendar year. So getting four starts in France (he was the only American in Herzog’s XI for all four group games) has been huge. Green struggled against France, but he got better as the tournament went on, scoring the winner against Qatar off a spectacular first-half volley. That can’t hurt his confidence going into next season, whatever club he ends up with following his one-season loan to Hamburg.Herzog’s squad in Toulon will likely bear little resemblance to the one that will try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics later this year. That may have been the case anyway given the number of key players who were unavailable (including World Cup veterans John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin), but it’s almost guaranteed now after several Yanks have so far failed to help themselves in France. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper has struggled mightily, losing his place over the last two games. Shane O’NeillWill Packwood and Marc Pelosi have underwhelmed, too, although Packwood, who had a shocker versus France, redeemed himself somewhat with a well-taken goal against the Dutch.Two players who have boosted their stock are Fatai Alashe and Jerome Kiesewetter. San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Alashe has showed off his versatility by filling in on the backline, while German-American Kiesewetter, who made his Bundesliga debut for Stuttgart last season, scored an unstoppable goal against the Netherlands.Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN FC.

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