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


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


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.



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


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

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