7/31/15 Indy 11 Host Atlanta 7:30 on TV 8 Sat, MLS All-Stars beat Tottenham, Arsenal vs Chelsea in Community Shield Sun, Full Soccer TV Listings

So the MLS Allstar Game was quite entertaining – with MLS winning a close one over Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.  The thought here is world class striker Harry Kane will most likely start right where we took off last season and score plenty of goals in the EPL this season.  He was remarkable up front and only spectacular saves by the the MLS greatest ever keeper – Nick Rimando kept the MLS All Stars in front.  Overall the site of Kaka feeding David Villa on a goal was subline and to see the US All Stars hang even with one of the top 20 club teams in the world 1 week prior to season is not bad.  Lots of MLS games on the docket this weekend including Chicago hosting Dallas and former CHS and Carmel Dad’s Club MLS/Allstar Matt Hodges Sunday night at 7 pm on Fox Sports 1.   Portland host San Jose at 5 pm on ESPN – and if you have never watched a Portland Timbers game – WATCH – one of the best 3 atmosphere’s in the US for soccer along with Seattle and KC.

The 11 are back Sat Night, July 31 against Atlanta at 7:30 pm – watch on TV 8 or get on down to the Mike for just $10 tickets.  The English Premier League and German Bundesliga start their regular seasons next weekend and the weekend after but they and the French all have Super Cup action this Sat/Sun.  Fox Sports starts officially broadcasting their full season of German Bundesliga action on Sat 2:30 pm with Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munchen on Fox Soccer Channel.  The French Ligue 1 offer PSG vs Olympique Lyon at 3 pm on Sat on Be In Sports while Arsenal and Chelsea will battle for England’s Community Shield Sunday morning at 10 am on Fox Sport 1.   The defending EPL champs Chelsea will face their former allstar keeper Peter Cech as he minds the nets for FA Cup Champions Arsenal.  Can Venger finally take one from his nemeses Jose Mourino?

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 Fields (CHANGED LOCATION)– River Road and 126th2nd to 6th Graders only – Cost $35 to CHS –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508  Email Lorie Kramer if you have questions or 4 or more players from 1 team coming kramer1965@sbcglobal.net.

MLS

MLS Allstars a great display of soccer Doug McIntyre EPSN FC

MLS Allstars show Depth in squad in win vs Tottenham Parker – EPSN FC

MLS Allstars beat Tottenham

Kaka revels in leadership role at All Star Win  Luvi Bird SI

MLS Weekend Preview

Former Chelsea star Drogba Signs with MLS Montreal Impact

Drogba perfect fit for Montreal

GK Penedo released by LA     LA picks up Donovan Rickets from Orlando to mind the nets

Commish says MLS still Losing Money but Profile Rising

Colorado Caribous and their unforgettable uniforms from the 1978 NASL

Indy 11

Sat home game vs Atlanta 7:30 pm at the Mike – and Spaceballs on Big Screen Post Game tix just $10.

Captain Norales to miss next 2 games due to Red Card Sendoff vs NY

Former Butler Star Zach Steinberger returns on loan from Houston

Monday Musings – always worth the Read

Indy 11 and New York Cosmos Tie 1-1 again  

Wojo Happy with Familiar Face in coach Tim Regan

Vote for the Next Indy 11 Bobblehead – for Oct 17th Game

EPL – Regular Season Starts Next Sat + German Bundesliga on Fox Sports

Community Shield  Preview Arsenal vs Chelsea Sun

Premier League Preview Teams – Ian Darke,ESPN

EPL Survival Guide James Tyler ESPN

Van Gaal says DeGea will have to battle Romero for Starting Gig

Smicheal says DeGea must choose soon

German Bundesliga Games on Fox Sports 1 + 2

German Super Cup Preview Bayern vs Wolfsburg

US Soccer

Donovan reflects on Retirement

US Mid Yedlin waits his turn at Tottenham

Ft. Wayne’s DeMarcus Beasley Still Ready if Called on

US winger Julian Green to stay at Bayern Munich ESPN FC

GAMES THIS WEEK

Sat, Aug 1

2:30 pm                   Wolfsburg vs Bayern                              Fox Soccer Plus  -German Supercup

3 pm                        PSG vs Olympique Lyon                      beIn Sports – French Super Cup

4pm                         NWSL Boston vs Seattle                           You Tube

7:30 pm                   Indy 11 host  Atlanta                                  TV Ch 8 + ESPN 3

Sun, Aug 2

10 am                    Chelsea vs Arsenal                                Fox Sports 1       EPL Community Shield

5 pm                      SJ Earthquakes vs Portland                      ESPN 2

7 pm                      Chicago vs Dallas                                 Fox Sports 1 (CHS grad Matt Hedges)

Tues, Aug 4

12:15 pm                Real Madrid vs Tottenham                   ESPN 2 – Audi Cup

2:45 pm                   Bayern Munchen vs Milan                                    ESPN 2- Audi Cup

Wed, Aug 5

7:30 pm                   Indy 11 @ Edmonton                              ESPN 3 Online

Sat, Aug 8              EPL + Ligue 1 Return

Sat, Aug 8

7:45 am                   Man U vs Tottenham                             NBC Sports Network

10 am                      Everton vs Watford, AFC Bournaemouth vs Aston Villa, CP vs Norwich City,

12:30 pm                 Chelsea @ Swansea City                     NBCSN

3 pm                        Nice vs Monaco                                    beIn Sport – French

Sun, Aug 9

8:30 am                   Arsenal vs West Ham                            NBCSN

11 am                      Stoke City vs Liverpool                        NBCSN

4 pm                        MLS LA Galaxy @ Seattle Sounders    ESPN (Must See-West Coast Darby)

7 pm                        NY Red Bulls vs NYCFC                       Fox Sports 1 (NY Darby)

9:30 pm                   Portland Thorns vs Chicago Red Star               Fox Sports 1  (NWSL)

Sat, Aug 15            German Bundesliga Returns

USA GAMES

Fri, Sept 4              USMNT vs Peru                                      Fox Sports 1 (RFK)

Tue, Sept 8             USMNT vs Brazil                                      ESPN (Foxsborough)

Thur, Sept 17        USWNT vs Australia                                 Fox Sports 1  (Detroit)

Sun, Sept 20           USWNT vs Australia                                 ESPN 2 (Birmingham)

Fri, Oct 9                 USMNT vs Mexico –                             Fox Sports 1 – Confed Cup Playoff

German Bundesliga Games on Fox Sports 1 + 2

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 Fields (CHANGED LOCATION)– River Road and 126th2nd to 6th Graders only – Cost $35 to CHS –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508  Email Lorie Kramer if you have questions or 4 or more players from 1 team coming kramer1965@sbcglobal.net.

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7/29/15 MLS Allstar Game Tonite on Fox Sports 1, Indy 11 Home Sat, US 4th in Confed Cup, Games on TV

Really Excited About Wed (Tonite’s) MLS Allstar Game vs Tottenham on Fox Sports 1.  With the additions of Pirlo and Kaka. And Giovincho and Gerrard and Lampard and Dos Santos – MLS is really really getting some recognizable names that fans should be excited to see.  I turned in for the 5-3 barn burner between Orlando and NY City FC at Yankee Stadium and was thrilled to see a packed house watching Pirlo, David Villa and Kaka affect a game that was a goalkeepers finger from being tied at 4-4 in injury time.  MLS is coming on strong and it should be cool to see how they face against a top 6 EPL Team in Tottenham.  I think they beat them.

Speaking of beating them – that’s something the Indy 11 may do to the fall’s top team the NY Cosmos – but they don’t lose to them either. I took in the Sat night affair from a late arriving PACKED HOUSE in the BYB Section at the Mike and our Boys in Blue looked good.  Listen NY City’s payroll probably doubles ours and our ability to continue to play them straight up each game should be applauded.  The 11 are back Sat Night, July 31 against Atlanta at 7:30 pm – watch on TV 8 or get on down to the Mike for just $10 tickets.

Not sure there is much to say about the USMNT effort on Sunday – we were outplayed from wire to wire again – and only the superheriocs of Goalie Brad Guzan kept us in the game. A real shame he didn’t get the win in the shootout but honestly Panama without their best player beat us like a drum and outshot us like 15-5.  With Mexico’s thrashing of Panama that sets up the winner take all showdown on Oct 9th  9 pm at the Rose Bowl for a Confederations Cup birth in 2017 in Russia.  The US probably caught a break with the Mexico head coach getting fired this week after punching a reporter – never a dull moment in the Concacaf Region Baby.

Enjoy the continued televised action of the ICC Cup this week and don’t forget Sunday the EPL gets started with the Community Shield Chelsea vs Arsenal on Fox Sports 1 at 10 am and the EPL Season kicks off next weekend Aug 8, while MLS and NASL continue here in the states.

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 Fields (CHANGED LOCATION)– River Road and 126th2nd to 6th Graders only – Cost $35 to CHS –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508  Email Lorie Kramer if you have questions or 4 or more players from 1 team coming kramer1965@sbcglobal.net.

MLS ALLSTAR GAME TONITE Fox Sports 1 @ 9 pm

MLS Allstar Game Preview Fox Soccer

MLS – Gerrard and Keane missing Tonite

All Star Game Preview Pro Soccer Talk

Pirlo Party in NYFC EPSN FC

Gerrard Final Act with LA Galaxy

USA

Jurgen’s Job is Safe- the Goalkeeper –

US knows there is work to be done – Brian Straus SI

Guzan stands tall in Loss to Panama for 4th place in Gold Cup – ESPN FC -Jason Davis

Klinnsman has work to do EPSN FC

Loss adds Insult to Injury – Doug McIntyre ESPN FC

Mexico Sacks Coach for hitting reporter

[ MEXICO: Herrera fired | What next? ]

 Indy 11

Sat home game vs Atlanta 7:30 pm at the Mike – and Spaceballs on Big Screen Post Game tix just $10.

Indy 11 and New York Cosmos Tie 1-1 again  

Captain Norales to miss next 2 games due to Red Card Sendoff vs NY

Former Butler Star Zach Steinberger returns on loan from Houston

Monday Musings – always worth the Read

Wojo Happy with Familiar Face in Tim Regan

Vote for the Next Indy 11 Bobblehead – for Oct 17th Game

GAMES THIS WEEK

Wed, July 29

9 pm                      MLS Allstars vs Tottenham                           Fox Sports 1

9 pm                      Man U vs PSG                                                    In Chicago  ESPN 3 or Fox Sports 1 at 11:30 pm after Allstar Game

Thurs, July 30

8 am                      Real Madrid vs Milan                                      Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, Aug 1

2:30 pm                Wolfsburg vs Bayern                                      Fox Soccer Plus  German Supercup

4pm                       NWSL Boston vs Seattle                                     You Tube

6 pm                      Indy 11 host  Atlanta                                            TV Ch 8 + ESPN 3

8 pm                      NWSL Chicago vs KC                                        You Tube

Sun, Aug 2

10 am                    Chelsea vs Arsenal                                           Fox Sports 1       EPL Community Shield

5 pm                      SJ Earthquakes vs Portland                               ESPN 2

7 pm                      Chicago vs Dallas                                              Fox Sports 1 (CHS grad Matt Hedges)

Tues, Aug 4

12:15 pm                 Real Madrid vs Tottenham                   ESPN 2 – Audi Cup

2:45 pm   Bayern Munchen vs Milan                    ESPN 2- Audi Cup

Wed, Aug 5

7:30 pm   Indy 11 @ Edmonton                                            ESPN 3 Online

Sat, Aug 8            EPL + Ligue 1 Return

Sat, Aug 15          German Bundesliga Returns

USA GAMES

Fri, Sept 4              USMNT vs Peru                                                   Fox Sports 1 (RFK)

Tue, Sept 8           USMNT vs Brazil                                                 ESPN (Foxsborough)

Thur, Sept 17        USWNT vs Australia                                           Fox Sports 1  (Detroit)

Sun, Sept 20         USWNT vs Australia                                           ESPN 2 (Birmingham)

Fri, Oct 9                 USMNT vs Mexico –                             Fox Sports 1 – Confed Cup Playoff

7/24/15 US loses in Gold Cup Semis-3rd place game Sat 4 pm, MLS-Pirlo and Lampard to start for NYFC Sun 2 pm, Indy 11 host Cosmos Sat Night, TV games this Week

So I just wasn’t ready to write anything the day after the biggest USMNT Loss in 10+ years.  Juergen Klinsmann (we’ll call him –“The German”) pointed to the Gold Cup as the team’s most important competition this year and the USA went out and played crap for the past 2 weeks and found a way to lose in the semi-final round for the first time in 20+ years.  Listen I was ok with THE GERMAN trying out some of the younger players in the huge friendly games over the past few months and I was ok with bringing some of them to the Gold Cup.  I love Zardes, I think Yedlin is a super talented kid who can affect a game – although again The German is not using him at the right back spot where he will play in Europe this fall.  I was even ok with the team playing poorly in the first few group games.  But the German continues to show he has NO CLUE what defense is.  His insistence on shoehorning the pair of 22 year old center backs Alverada and Brooks together despite the fact they have played HORRIBLE together in EVERY game they have played was just idiotic and it ended up costing the US this game.  Listen I agree that GK Brad Guzan did not play his best game – he had actually saved this US team all tourney long – but it was Brooks who again did not cover the big forward and allowed him a free header to score the first goal.  The German’s refusal to actually bring and play our best defenders  Geoff Cameron on the Right, Gonzalez and Tim Ream in the middle, and on the left has cost him this Gold Cup Championship.

Now do I think Klinsmann should be fired? No – listen he gambled on the youth that he see’s taking center stage at Russia 2018 and they weren’t ready.  I am super frustrated that he continues to flip the lineups, formations and move guys all over the field – not allowing them to build on playing time together in a formation that they can get comfortable with.  Now part of that was not having Altidore healthy again (I think Klinsmann is learning he can’t count on Altidore and he needs to find/develop someone else for WC Russia 2018.  I love the young forward Morris but he was hurt, I would have like to have seen some younger forwards – Bobby Wood maybe or Julian Green.  I am ok with the experimenting up front but for the friendlies in September and the HUGE Showdown winner goes to the Confederation Cup game on Oct 9 – he must play his best 4 defenders NOW!!

Those of you who watched the Mexico vs Panama game after the US debacle (see video)- How about we kick the Panamanians out of CONCACAF for acting like Savages on the Field – attacking the REF  – there should have been arrests last night.  THIS IS NOT EUROPE OR SOUTH AMERICA – WE Do not attack our refs like Savages.  Did Mexico get 2 questionable calls in this tourney -YES.  But that first hand ball call WAS A HANDBALL.  Sorry Panama –  you outplayed a very poor Mexican team on the night with 10 men and should have won the game.  But your captain fell on the ball with his hand in the 88th minute.  Later your same captain and another defender smashed a Mexican forward in the box to earn the 2nd PK.  The bottom line is soccer is not always fair.  But the US Ref who has called World Cup games did not call that bad a game – Panama was simply unlucky.  It was not the reffing that should questioned – it’s the Panamanian team and delegation for acting like absolute savages during and after the game.  I know they felt cheated but the truth is they should be kicked out of the 3rd place game for lack of respect.  Oh and the security not being prepared for the overwhelming Mexican crowd was also a mistake. Listen I have been at multiple US vs Mexico games and the Mexico crowds can be amongst the dirtiest and most disrespectful I have ever seen.  Security simply should have been much, much more involved both on the field, around the field and in the stands.  Honestly they should treat them like European games and put cops down the rows in between the sections – it was the only way US fans were safe at 2 of the Gold Cup US vs Mexico games I attended.  Anyway it will be interesting to see how the US approaches the 3rd place game on Saturday – 4 pm on Fox Sports 1 or 2?  Then on Sunday 7:30 pm on Fox Sports 1 to see who wins the Mexico vs Jamaica final (the winner plays the US on Oct 9 in a winner goes to the Confed Cup game probably at the Rose Bowl) – a Mexico win would set up a high pressure high intensity game that would make for great soccer theatre but we will see.

Back to local soccer – the Indy 11 are back on the pitch Saturday night at the Mike for Christmas in July vs the NY Cosmos and Spanish soccer legend Raul, tickets just $10, the first 5,000 fans get Santa Zeke Bobbleheads and of course all kinds of cool promotions going on.  Meanwhile good luck to the FC Pride U14 Girls and coach Matt Blackbourne as they have advanced to the Semi-Finals at the National Championships this weekend. Plus its not too late to sign up for the Post to Post Soccer Camp that starts on Monday or the CHS soccer camp.

Post2Post Soccer Camp – STILL TIME TO SIGN UP – STARTS MONDAY – Do it today!!
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 Email Lorie Kramer if you have 4 or more players from 1 team coming kramer1965@sbcglobal.net.

Carmel FC in July 4th CarmelFest Parade –

USA Loses to Jamaica to Flame out of Gold Cup in Semi’s

Plenty for Klinsmann to Ponder after shocking loss Doug McIntyre – EPSN FC

Should Jurgen be Fired? Pro Soccer Talk JP Wright

Klinsmann should be canned SB Nation

US stunned by Jamaica Jeff Carlisle – EPSN FC

US and JK flame out of Gold Cup  Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle MLSoccer.com

Klinsmann can’t escape personnel questions  ESPN Jeff Carlisle

Brian Straus SI – USA misses Opportunities end Reign

Answering the Big Questions after US stunning Defeat – Grant Wahl SI

US Player Rankings Pro Soccer Talk

US Post Game Quote Sheet

Where does US loss rank alltime? ESPN FC  Jason Davis

Tim Howard looks to Return to US Team

US to host Brazil in Foxborough Sept 8th

US will have to balance Confed Cup Playoff and Olympic Qualifying in October

Mexico robs Panama to go to SI Avi Creditor

http://www.espnfc.us/concacaf-gold-cup/story/2532653/panama-manager-hernan-gomez-thinks-retire-gold-cup-loss

Panama blasts CONCACAF Ref Committee ESPN FC

MLS, Indy 11

Pirlo International Man of Mystery for NYFC plays Orlando City Sunday 2:30 on Fox Sports 1

NYFC Andrea Pirlo ready for MLS

MLS Power Rankings

Indy 11 lose 4-2 at Ottawa

16 year old Red Bull Tyler Adams scores against Chelsea in 4-2 win.

Zlattan says he wants to come to MLS someday

Portland Thorns set NWSL Record with 23K fans vs Seattle Reign

GAMES THIS WEEK

Fri, July 24

6 am                      Real Madrid vs Man City                                     Fox sports 1 ICC

8 pm                      Fiorentina vs Benfica                                          Fox Sports 2 ICC

Sat, July 25

8 am                       Milan vs Inter                                                        Fox Sports 1  ICC

4 pm                      Barcelona vs Man U                                          Fox TV  

4 pm                      GoldCup 3rd   USA vs Panama                         Fox Sports 2

6 pm                      Chelsea vs PSG                                                   Fox Sports 2

7:30 pm                Indy 11 vs NY Cosmos (H)                                 TV 8

Sun, July 26

2:30 pm                NY City FC vs Orlando                                Fox Sports 1   (See Pirlo, Lampard, Villa, Diskarud vs Orlando’s Kaka and Brek Shea)

5 pm                      DC United vs Philly                                              ESPN 2

7 pm                      NWSL Seattle vs Portland                                  You Tube

7:30 pm                Gold Cup Final -Mexico vs Jamaica           Fox Sports 1

7:30 pm                NY Red Bulls vs Benfica  ICC                            Fox Sports 2

Mon, July 27

8 am                      Inter vs Real Madrid                                            Fox Sports 1  ?? Not sure time?

Tues, July 28

8 pm                      Barcelona vs Chelsea                                      Fox Sports 2 ICC

10 pm                    America vs Benfinca                                       Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 29

9 pm                      MLS Allstars vs Tottenham                              Fox Sports 1

9 pm                      Man U vs PSG                                                    In Chicago  Fox TV ?

Thurs, July 30

8 am                      Real Madrid vs Milan                                      Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, Aug 1

2:30 pm                Wolfsburg vs Bayern                                      Fox Soccer Plus  German Supercup

4pm                       NWSL Boston vs Seattle                                     You Tube

6 pm                      Indy 11 vs Atlanta                                            ESPN 3

8 pm                      NWSL Chicago vs KC                                        You Tube

Sun, Aug 2

10 am                    Chelsea vs Arsenal                                          Fox Sports 1       EPL Community Shield

5 pm                      SJ Earthquakes vs Portland                               ESPN 2

7 pm                      Chicago vs Dallas                                              Fox Sports 1 (CHS grad Matt Hedges)

Sat, Aug 8            EPL + Ligue 1 Return

Sat, Aug 15          German Bundesliga Returns

USA GAMES

Fri, Sept 4              USMNT vs Peru                                                   Fox Sports 1 (RFK)

Tue, Sept 8           USMNT vs Brazil                                                 ESPN (Foxsborough)

Thur, Sept 17        USWNT vs Australia                                           Fox Sports 1  (Detroit)

Sun, Sept 20         USWNT vs Australia                                           ESPN 2 (Birmingham)

Post2Post Soccer Camp – STILL TIME TO SIGN UP.  Do it today!!
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

7/14/15 US ties Panama moves to Quarterfinals of Gold Cup Sat 5 pm, Indy 11 on roll

So this US Team has been outshot 51 – 20 in their 3 Gold Cup so far – granted they have 2 1 goal wins and a draw but still this is not progress by this US team.  What happened to we are going to control the pace and impose our will on CONCACAF competition.  The US again showed last night that without their creative playmaker and shotmaker in forward Clint Dempsey they absolutely lack any ability to get quality shots on goal.  Defensively, well Jurgen is one stubborn guy – but we US fans know this.  When he think he see’s something (Timmy Chandler should be a good right back hell he starts in the Bundesliga) but his body of work for the US has been subpar at best.   Alvarado in the middle – again I like him and I think he’s going to be a fine right back someday – but right now with him and Chandler on the same right side its like a big 50 yard whole just begging to be attacked with little to no resistance.  Please Jurgen put Gonzales back in the middle with someone (Brooks is ok I guess) but please please please – put someone else on the right.  If you are going to give someone experience why not Yedlin – (he’s not a winger – HE CAN’T Dribble or pass really) – but he might turn out to be a fine right back someday. The truth is Geoff Cameron is the US Best and only legit right back right now.  He has to do something – goalie Brad Guzan has saved our buts for 3 games now but eventually he’s going to let one in and we are going to lose!!  I thought Bedoya really showed his quality last night though he was noticeably still recovering from being out a while.  Zardes continues to be the most exciting new player we have- I love him up top and can only think the sky is the limit with this guy.  Will be interesting to see if Johannson can replace Altidore up top over the next few games – not feeling great with old school MLS lifers Gordon and Wondo.  So the good news is the US fans are now watching – 2.3 million watched a sold out incredibly intense atmosphere at Sporting KC park – a 100% Pro US Crowd with Sam’s Army and the American Outlaws in full voice – a scene that harkens the fever pitch that only Columbus and Seattle have matched before.  This summer of soccer with the US ladies winning the World Cup, a fantastic Copa America, MLS with more recognizable stars, the ICC starting and now The Gold Cup gives the US team a chance to really solidify this summer as a watershed time for soccer in the US.  The question is can they step up their play and impress with everyone now watching?

US Men 

Concerns over the Defense are Real ESPN FC

US Team Ratings ESPN FC

Bedoya returns at perfect time for US Jeff Carlisle ESPN FC

Dempsey the Difference for US vs Panama  Brian Straus SI

Viewership up bigtime for Gold Cup Coverage

MLS and World

NY City – Big Soccer Weekend Success

MLS Power Rankings

World Soccer- Transfers and Changes

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 –- Camp is Starting to fill up !! First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508  Email Lorie Kramer if you have 4 or more players from 1 team coming kramer1965@sbcglobal.net.

USA + Gold Cup

Gold Cup Schedule

Indy’s Lauren Cheney (Holiday) retires from US Women’s Team  SI – Grant Wahl

MLS+ Indy 11  

Indy 11 2-1 over Carolina

Meet Indy 11 players Wojo and Greg Janicki at the Fishers Buffalo Wild Wings Wed July 15th  6 to 7 pm

Indy 11 Xmas in July for July 25th Home game vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

Indy adds Jamaican international Dane Richards to Squad

US Freddy Adu set to join Tampa Bay Rowdies

NYCFC and Toronto play to 4-4 Thriller No Lampard

Toronto’s Giovinco hat Trick vs NYCFC

LA beats America in Gerrard Debute

Red Bulls rout NE

Youth Club Compensation with Yedlin?

EPL 

Man U Signs Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin

Schweinsteiger one of the best Germans in the World

Schweinsteiger to Man U

Sterling to Man City makes since ESPN FC Nick Miller

Must  See Early EPL Games in Aug/Sept

EPL Early Season Game Schedule

WORLD

Casillias Era Ends at Real Madrid

Games of the Week

Sat, July 18

5 pm                       Gold Cup QF-USA vs  3C                  Fox

8 pm                       Gold Cup QF 2A vs 1B                       Fox Sports 2

Sun, July 19

3 pm                     Ottawa vs Indy 11                             ESPN 3

4:30 pm               Gold Cup QF 1C vs 3A/B                    Fox Sports 1

7:30  pm                Gold Cup QF 2C vs 2B                       Fox Sports 1

Tues, July 21

6 am                      Man City vs Roma –                          Fox Sports 1  ICC

8:30 pm                PGS vs Fiorentina                                             Fox Sports 1  ICC

11 pm                    LA Galaxy vs Barcelona                  Fox Sports 1 ICC

11 pm                    Man United vs San Jose                                Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 22

6 pm                      Gold Cup Semi USA?                                      Fox Sports 1

8 pm                      NY Red Bulls vs Chelsea                                 Fox Soccer Plus

9 pm                      Gold Cup Semi                                                  Fox Sports 2

GAMES THIS Month

Tues, July 14

6 pm                      Jamaica vs El Salvador                     Fox Sports 1

8:30 pm                 Canada vs Costa Rica                        Fox Sports 1

10:30 pm               San Jose vs America                         Fox Sports 1   ICC

Wed, July 15

6 pm                       Cuba vs Guatemala                            Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                 Mexico vs T+T                                      Fox Sports 2

Fri, July 17

11 pm                    America vs Man United                      Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, July 18

5 am                       Roma vs Real Madrid                         Fox Sports 1  ICC

12 noon                 Beach Soccer World Cup Fox Sports 2

2 pm                       Beach Soccer World Cup Fox Sports 2

5 pm                       Gold Cup Quarters 1                          Fox Sports 2

8 pm                       Gold Cup Quarters 2                          Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                PSG vs Benifica                                 Fox Soccer ICC

Sun, July 19

1:30 pm                Beach Soccer WC Finals                  Fox Sports 2

3 pm                      Ottawa vs Indy 11                            ESPN 3

4:30 pm                Gold Cup QF 1C vs 3A/B                   Fox Sports 1

5 pm                       Columbus vs Chicago                       ESPN 2

7 pm                       Orlando vs NY Red Bulls                   Fox Sports 1

7:30  pm                Gold Cup QF 2C vs 2B                       Fox Sports 1

Tues, July 21

6 am                      Man City vs Roma –                          Fox Sports 1  ICC

8:30 pm                PGS vs Fiorentina                                             Fox Sports 1  ICC

11 pm                    LA Galaxy vs Barcelona                  Fox Sports 1 ICC

11 pm                    Man United vs San Jose                                Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 22

6 pm                      Gold Cup Semi USA?                                      Fox Sports 1

8 pm                      NY Red Bulls vs Chelsea                                 Fox Soccer Plus

9 pm                      Gold Cup Semi                                                  Fox Sports 2

10 pm                    NWSL – Portland vs Seattle         Fox Sports to Go

Fri, July 24

6 am                      Real Madrid vs Man City                Fox sports 1 ICC

8 pm                      Fiorentina vs Benfica                                      Fox Sports 2 ICC

Sat, July 25

8 am                     Milan vs Inter                                      Fox Sports 1  ICC

4 pm                      Barcelona vs Man U                                        Fox Sports ??

4 pm                      Gold Cup 3rd Place Game              Fox Sports 2

6 pm                      Chelsea vs PSG                                                 Fox Sports 2

7:30 pm                Indy 11 vs NY Cosmos (H)             TV 8

Sun, July 26

2:30 pm                NY City FC vs Orlando   Fox Sports 1 (See Pirlo, Lampard, Villa, vs Orlando’s Kaka & Brek Shea)

5 pm                      DC United vs Philly                                          ESPN 2

7 pm                      NWSL Seattle vs Portland             You Tube

7:30 pm                Gold Cup Final                                   Fox Sports 1

7:30 pm                NY Red Bulls vs Benfica                  Fox Sports 2

Mon, July 27

8 am                      Inter vs Real Madrid                        Fox Sports 1  ?? Not sure time?

Tues, July 28

8 pm                      Barcelona vs Chelsea                                      Fox Sports 2 ICC

10 pm                    America vs Benfinca                                       Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 29

9 pm                      MLS Allstars vs Tottenham          Fox Sports 1

9 pm                      Man U vs PSG                                                    In Chicago

Thurs, July 30

8 am                      Real Madrid vs Milan                                      Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, Aug 1

2:30 pm                Wolfsburg vs Bayern                                      Fox Soccer Plus  German Supercup

4pm                       NWSL Boston vs Seattle                                You Tube

6 pm                      Indy 11 vs Atlanta                                            ESPN 3

8 pm                      NWSL Chicago vs KC                                        You Tube

Sun, Aug 2

10 am                    Chelsea vs Arsenal                          Fox Sports 1       EPL Community Shield

5 pm                      SJ Earthquakes vs Portland          ESPN 2

7 pm                      Chicago vs Dallas                                  Fox Sports 1 (CHS grad Matt Hedges)

Sat, Aug 8            EPL + Ligue 1 Return

Sat, Aug 15          German Bundesliga Returns

Gold Cup Schedule

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

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

7/13/15 Indy 11 Win, USMNT Face Panama tonite 9:30 on FS1

What a nice run the Indy 11 are on after a huge win against 3rd place Carolina Sat Night at The Mike 2-1.  The team is on a  5 game non-losing streak and now stands in a tie for 1st in the fall season and just 1 pt out of 3rd overall with 4 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses for 17 pts.  Hopefully the crowds will stay strong and we’ll pack the Mike – as the Indy 11 are playing some of the best soccer in their 2nd year here.

The US National Team won Friday night vs Haiti 1-0 and that’s about all you can say.  Now there is something to winning when you play poorly – just ask Mexico – who stands at 2nd in their own group. But obviously the US still has a ways to go before they find their stride in this Gold Cup.  I thought Zardes had a fantastic 45 minutes replacing a very poor Altidore up front – amazing how having a forward who actually runs and hustles can make a difference. I did think the defense was a little stronger with 3 new starters in the back.  The US is thru as the top team in the group so it will be interesting to see what changes the German makes for tonight’s 9:30 game on Fox Sports 1 vs a Panama team that needs a win.

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 –- Camp is Starting to fill up !! First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508  Email Lorie Kramer if you have 4 or more players from 1 team coming kramer1965@sbcglobal.net.

USA + Gold Cup

Who plays for US Tonite?  Doug McIntyre ESPN FC

US vs Panama preview – Brian Straus SI

New Players making plays for US Brian Straus SI

US Not Dependent on Altidore Now – ESPN Doug McIntyre

Player Ratings US vs Haiti Altidore and Zusi horrible

US Wins Group A but doesn’t look good ESPN FC

US Team Wins but no impressive – Brian Straus SI

3 things We Didn’t Learn from USA vs Haiti – Pro Soccer Talk – Kyle Bonn

US Post Game Quotes – US Soccer

Mexico Draws Guatemala

Mexico in 2nd place Group C  – See Highlights

Gold Cup Schedule

Indy’s Lauren Cheney (Holiday) retires from US Women’s Team  SI – Grant Wahl

MLS+ Indy 11  

Indy 11 2-1 over Carolina

Meet Indy 11 players Wojo and Greg Janicki at the Fishers Buffalo Wild Wings Wed July 15th  6 to 7 pm

Indy 11 Xmas in July for July 25th Home game vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

Indy adds Jamaican international Dane Richards to Squad

US Freddy Adu set to join Tampa Bay Rowdies

NYCFC and Toronto play to 4-4 Thriller No Lampard

Toronto’s Giovinco hat Trick vs NYCFC

LA beats America in Gerrard Debute

Red Bulls rout NE

Youth Club Compensation with Yedlin?

EPL 

Man U Signs Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin

Schweinsteiger one of the best Germans in the World

Schweinsteiger to Man U

Sterling to Man City makes since ESPN FC Nick Miller

Must  See Early EPL Games in Aug/Sept

EPL Early Season Game Schedule

WORLD

Casillias Era Ends at Real Madrid

Games of the Week

 Mon, July 13

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

Sat, July 18

5 pm                       Gold Cup QF-USA vs  3C                  Fox

8 pm                       Gold Cup QF 2A vs 1B                       Fox Sports 2

Sun, July 19

3 pm                     Ottawa vs Indy 11                             ESPN 3

4:30 pm               Gold Cup QF 1C vs 3A/B                    Fox Sports 1

7:30  pm                Gold Cup QF 2C vs 2B                       Fox Sports 1

Tues, July 21

6 am                      Man City vs Roma –                          Fox Sports 1  ICC

8:30 pm                PGS vs Fiorentina                                             Fox Sports 1  ICC

11 pm                    LA Galaxy vs Barcelona                  Fox Sports 1 ICC

11 pm                    Man United vs San Jose                                Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 22

6 pm                      Gold Cup Semi USA?                                      Fox Sports 1

8 pm                      NY Red Bulls vs Chelsea                                 Fox Soccer Plus

9 pm                      Gold Cup Semi                                                  Fox Sports 2

GAMES THIS Month

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

Tues, July 14

6 pm                      Jamaica vs El Salvador                     Fox Sports 1

8:30 pm                 Canada vs Costa Rica                        Fox Sports 1

10:30 pm               San Jose vs America                         Fox Sports 1   ICC

Wed, July 15

6 pm                       Cuba vs Guatemala                            Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                 Mexico vs T+T                                      Fox Sports 2

Fri, July 17

11 pm                    America vs Man United                      Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, July 18

5 am                       Roma vs Real Madrid                         Fox Sports 1  ICC

12 noon                 Beach Soccer World Cup Fox Sports 2

2 pm                       Beach Soccer World Cup Fox Sports 2

5 pm                       Gold Cup Quarters 1                          Fox Sports 2

8 pm                       Gold Cup Quarters 2                          Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                PSG vs Benifica                                 Fox Soccer ICC

Sun, July 19

1:30 pm                Beach Soccer WC Finals                                 Fox Sports 2

3 pm                      Ottawa vs Indy 11                            ESPN 3

4:30 pm                Gold Cup QF 1C vs 3A/B                   Fox Sports 1

5 pm                       Columbus vs Chicago                       ESPN 2

7 pm                       Orlando vs NY Red Bulls                   Fox Sports 1

7:30  pm                Gold Cup QF 2C vs 2B                       Fox Sports 1

Tues, July 21

6 am                      Man City vs Roma –                          Fox Sports 1  ICC

8:30 pm                PGS vs Fiorentina                                             Fox Sports 1  ICC

11 pm                    LA Galaxy vs Barcelona                  Fox Sports 1 ICC

11 pm                    Man United vs San Jose                                Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 22

6 pm                      Gold Cup Semi USA?                                      Fox Sports 1

8 pm                      NY Red Bulls vs Chelsea                                 Fox Soccer Plus

9 pm                      Gold Cup Semi                                                  Fox Sports 2

10 pm                    NWSL – Portland vs Seattle         Fox Sports to Go

Fri, July 24

6 am                      Real Madrid vs Man City                Fox sports 1 ICC

8 pm                      Fiorentina vs Benfica                                      Fox Sports 2 ICC

Sat, July 25

8 am                     Milan vs Inter                                      Fox Sports 1  ICC

4 pm                      Barcelona vs Man U                                        Fox Sports ??

4 pm                      Gold Cup 3rd Place Game              Fox Sports 2

6 pm                      Chelsea vs PSG                                                 Fox Sports 2

7:30 pm                Indy 11 vs NY Cosmos (H)             TV 8

Sun, July 26

2:30 pm                NY City FC vs Orlando   Fox Sports 1 (See Pirlo, Lampard, Villa, vs Orlando’s Kaka & Brek Shea)

5 pm                      DC United vs Philly                                          ESPN 2

7 pm                      NWSL Seattle vs Portland             You Tube

7:30 pm                Gold Cup Final                                   Fox Sports 1

7:30 pm                NY Red Bulls vs Benfica                  Fox Sports 2

Mon, July 27

8 am                      Inter vs Real Madrid                        Fox Sports 1  ?? Not sure time?

Tues, July 28

8 pm                      Barcelona vs Chelsea                                      Fox Sports 2 ICC

10 pm                    America vs Benfinca                                       Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 29

9 pm                      MLS Allstars vs Tottenham          Fox Sports 1

9 pm                      Man U vs PSG                                                    In Chicago

Thurs, July 30

8 am                      Real Madrid vs Milan                                      Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, Aug 1

2:30 pm                Wolfsburg vs Bayern                                      Fox Soccer Plus  German Supercup

4pm                       NWSL Boston vs Seattle                                You Tube

6 pm                      Indy 11 vs Atlanta                                            ESPN 3

8 pm                      NWSL Chicago vs KC                                        You Tube

Sun, Aug 2

10 am                    Chelsea vs Arsenal                          Fox Sports 1       EPL Community Shield

5 pm                      SJ Earthquakes vs Portland          ESPN 2

7 pm                      Chicago vs Dallas                                  Fox Sports 1 (CHS grad Matt Hedges)

Sat, Aug 8            EPL + Ligue 1 Return

Sat, Aug 15          German Bundesliga Returns

Gold Cup Schedule

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

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

Indy’s Lauren Holiday (Cheney) retires from USWNT a Champion after decade of dedication

BY GRANT WAHLTwitter EmailPosted: Wed Jul. 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Lauren Holiday has always been a player’s player for the U.S. national team, blessed with ball skills and vision and scoring instincts, and always the definition of the term classy. So perhaps it wasn’t surprising that she announced her international retirement here on Tuesday with the same amount of class, just two days after she had scored in the U.S.’s 5-2 win over Japan in the World Cup final.“To be honest, this isn’t something that happened overnight,” said Holiday, 27, who shed tears as she spoke, thought not, she said, tears of sadness. “This has been something I’ve prayed about for a couple years now. But my main goal was to win an NWSL championship and a World Cup, and I did it.”“I know this is where I was supposed to be for so many years, and I know that I gave my all to soccer, to the sport, to this team,” she continued. “And I’m excited for a new chapter of my life. I feel like this team isn’t my identity, it’s my choice. I think there’s power in making a choice. I chose this team for 10 years, and now I’m going to choose my family.”Holiday, who said she’s hoping to start a family at some point, said she’ll continue playing with her club team in Kansas City this year. “I’m going back to Kansas City for the rest of this season,” she said. “I just have so much respect for the organization, and I truly want the NWSL to succeed.”It’s expected that Holiday will participate in the 10-game victory tour for the U.S. national team as well. She said both her club and national team were aware of her decision before she announced it on Tuesday in response to questions from reporters.Her resume with the national team is an impressive one: One World Cup title, two Olympic gold medals, 130 caps and 24 goals.What’s more, Holiday’s versatility was remarkable. She started her U.S. career as a forward but also played wide roles and eventually moved to a deep-lying playmaker position. Rarely did she ever get to play at the No. 10 spot, her natural position.“She’s such a good soccer player, and she’s been asked to play in so many positions that weren’t necessarily her true position, but she’s still world-class at all those positions,” said Becky Sauerbrunn, Holiday’s teammate for club and country. “I think it takes a special person and a special soccer player to be able to do that. Just what she’s done for this team, she’s irreplaceable. “I was secretly hoping she wasn’t going to retire. In my heart of hearts, I really hope that she does continue. But she’s sacrificed so much for this team, and she’s been on this team for so long, that I think she’s ready to kind of start the next chapter in her life. I’m proud of her for wanting to do that, and I wish her the utmost happiness. But I’m going to miss the hell out of her.”On a U.S. team with players who are 40 (Christie Rampone), 38 (Shannon Boxx) and 35 (Abby Wambach), it may be surprising that the first post-World Cup retirement would be by the 27-year-old Holiday. But Holiday’s teammates have been aware for some time that she was considering retirement. Her family is in good shape financially, and from a competitive perspective she has achieved what she set out to do.Holiday smiled through her tears when asked if she felt she was leaving the U.S. central midfield in good hands. “For sure,” she said. “I think the world of Morgan Brian. Obviously, Carli [Lloyd] is phenomenal. I’ve played with her for so many years, and she’s just an incredible talent. I think you guys are going to see a star in Morgan Brian. She’s unbelievable. She’s mature beyond her years on the field and sophisticated. I think you just saw a glimpse of what she can bring to a team. So I’m excited to see her grow the next four years.”Holiday wasn’t always the most vocal of the U.S. players in the media, but she had an important role inside the team. It was Holiday who came up with the idea for the #SheBelieves campaign connecting the U.S. team to communities around the country. And Sauerbrunn said Holiday has a big influence speaking up for lesser-known players on both their club team and the national team.“What she does for us is very subtle, and it can be very quiet,” Sauerbrunn said. “And I think a lot of things go on behind the scenes that people don’t realize how important she is to this team in what she brings. She’s kind of like Robin Hood in a way, because she fights for the players. When it comes down to little things like contracts or ‘Can we get a bus set up for a trip?’ or something like that, she’s the one that’s fighting for us. And it goes a long way.”​Before the World Cup final, Sauerbrunn said, the players spoke to each other and said this was probably going to be the last time these 23 U.S. players would be in the same room together getting ready to play a competitive game for the national team.“So you kind of take that and try to cherish it,” Sauerbrunn said. “Because it is a very rare thing that we accomplished together. It’s sad that we’re kind of all these moving parts that are going to be separated now. So absolutely, we cherish these moments.”Indeed, emotions were high in this hotel ballroom as the news spread that Holiday had announced that her time with the national team is coming to an end. But she also wanted to emphasize that she was looking forward to the next chapter of her life, one that will likely still include soccer to some degree. WATCH: President Obama calls the victorious USWNTHoliday said that future might involve coaching. “Absolutely,” she said. “Whatever I can do to help. Whatever I can do to continue having women’s soccer and sports in America continue to grow, I will do. My passion is people and helping people.”That passion has come through loud and clear in Holiday’s exemplary national team career. And now she’s leaving on top. She’s a World Cup champion.

Position fits for USMNT players in flux: Yedlin, Johnson, Zardes, Evans

ESPN FC – Insider – United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann emphasized experience when naming his 2015 Gold Cup team. The 23-man roster consists of 17 players from the 2014 World Cup squad (that’s down to 16 with Brad Davis out with injury), and the manager sees this as a competitive advantage because the players not only understand what Klinsmann expects of them but also are cognizant of their roles within the team.However, a handful of players have yet to establish one clear position on the national team, whether that’s due to positional need, opponent matchup or player strengths and weaknesses. Versatile players like DeAndre Yedlin, Fabian Johnson, Gyasi Zardes and Brad Evans are able to play multiple positions, and while each contributed to the team’s 2-1 victory over Honduras in the Gold Cup opener, it is unclear whether any of them will continue playing in the same spot by the end of the summer.Here is a look at where each of these four players fits best within the USMNT, based on their individual strengths and weaknesses along with team and positional needs.

DeAndre Yedlin

Positions: Right back, right midfield

Yedlin established a reputation as an effective, athletic right back during the 2014 World Cup. However, the Tottenham defender moved into a right midfield position for the U.S. in the friendlies leading up to the Gold Cup.Yedlin is solid defensively and has been averaging 2.0 tackles and 2.0 interceptions per 90 minutes while appearing in all eight 2015 U.S. friendlies. The 22-year-old has especially improved in reading the opponent’s passes and stepping in to break up plays, but equally important is that he has the speed to recover from positional mistakes he makes on the back line. While Yedlin has been sound defensively, his transition into midfield has not particularly improved his attacking presence. In the opening 2015 Gold Cup game against Honduras, Yedlin recorded 21 total touches in the attacking half. Meanwhile, right back Timmy Chandler recorded 22 attacking-half touches playing behind Yedlin. Chandler’s overlapping presence stems from Klinsmann’s preference for outside backs with pace who can get involved in the attack; however, this overlapping movement limits Yedlin’s effectiveness as a midfielder who likes to get in wide positions and provide the same attacking traits as the defender playing behind him.While Yedlin is capable of handling either role, he would need to improve his decision-making and ability to create chances from both central and wide positions in order to be a more dynamic attacking midfield threat at the international level. While affirming Yedlin’s status as a right back would put him in a fierce competition with Chandler for the starting job, Yedlin is ultimately a more secure defensive option in that role, and with an improved attacking game he is capable of ultimately getting to the top of the depth chart at that position.

Best fit: Right back

Fabian Johnson

Positions: Right back, left back, left midfield

There are two tactical decisions to make with Johnson. The first decision is whether he is better on the left or the right side of the field, and the second is whether he is better served as a defender or a midfielder.Johnson is currently playing at left back for the U.S. in the Gold Cup, which differs from his spending the entire 2014 World Cup as the team’s incumbent right back. Johnson, who is competent with both feet, spent the 2014-15 Bundesliga season at left midfield, and his 92.5 percent pass completion rate while playing as a left back in the 2015 U.S. friendlies trumps his 76.7 percent completion rate from the 2014 World Cup. This ability to keep possession implies that he reads the game better from the left side of the field.Next, is he better served as a defender or midfielder with the U.S.? Johnson does not excel in terms of defensive statistics — he recorded just two tackles and two interceptions in his four 2015 friendly appearances — yet he does a good job of tracking opponent runs and closing down space to deny opposing crosses. Meanwhile, this season Johnson ranked third on Borussia Monchengladbach with four assists as a left midfielder, and through his four appearances in eight 2015 U.S. friendlies, he ranks fourth on the team with 26.7 attacking-half touches per 90 minutes (minimum three appearances). These numbers suggest that Johnson can play an even bigger role in the U.S. attack if he starts higher up the field and would be more productive playing in a left midfield role.Additionally, left midfield is a position that has no inherent starting player in the U.S. lineup. This means Johnson’s ability to get forward while also providing defensive coverage not only gives him an edge over natural left midfielders like Graham Zusi but also over more central-based players like Mix Diskerud, who would need to be converted to that position.In terms of team impact, Johnson’s progression to a left midfield role will depend on the development of players like Brek Shea and Greg Garza at left back, though that is somewhat mitigated by Johnson’s having proved that he can provide defensive support when necessary for any player behind him.

Best fit: Left midfield

Gyasi Zardes

Positions: Wide midfield (winger), forward

Zardes earned his place on the U.S. team by scoring 16 domestic goals in the 2014 MLS season. The 23-year-old attacker broke out while playing as a forward for the Los Angeles Galaxy and is currently adjusting to a wide midfield role with the U.S.

Zardes plays well in midfield, and the fact that he records 34 percent of his touches in the defensive half of the field suggests that he can cover ground in both the attacking and defensive halves as well as across the field (he’s played on both the right and left sides for the U.S.). However, Zardes’ athleticism is better positioned directly against the opponent’s back line, where he can utilize his quick first step and improved attacking instincts to make penetrating runs behind central defenders.

Instead of competing for a forward position, Zardes is still adjusting to the nuances of playing as a wide midfielder at the international level. While Zardes brings speed along the wing, he was also dispossessed a team-high 12 times in his eight 2015 U.S. friendly appearances and completed just one of his seven cross attempts in that time. Overall, it is not likely that Zardes could immediately replicate his 2014 MLS form as a forward at the international level; however, the learning curve at both positions suggests that he is better off competing for playing time as one of the strikers in the U.S. player pool. And while Zardes would initially have a tough time taking playing time away from incumbent strikers Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, the Galaxy forward ultimately brings more speed to the front line than experienced veteran Chris Wondolowski and has proved more explosive in and around the penalty area than Aron Johannsson.

Best fit: Forward

Brad Evans

Positions: Right back, center back

Evans cemented his role as a center back with the Seattle Sounders in 2015 and currently ranks third on the team with 28 tackles and second with 40 interceptions. However, he is still regarded as a right back at the international level, and his ability to track opposing runs and keep opponents in front of him is what prompted Klinsmann to use Evans as a second-half substitute for Chandler to help secure the team’s recent 2-1 victory over Honduras.Evans is averaging 1.8 tackles and 2.6 interceptions per 90 minutes as a center back with the Sounders in 2015. This is significantly better than the 1.1 tackles and 1.5 interceptions he averaged as a right back with the team in 2014 and suggests that the 30-year-old defender is better at closing down attacks in a more condensed, central area.While Evans might need a full MLS season to become fully comfortable as a center back, his recent lack of playing time as a right back for the U.S. insinuates that he could be more valuable competing for one of the team’s center back positions. Evans made just two appearances in the eight 2015 U.S. friendlies leading to the Gold Cup, and while he provided an assist in his 54 total minutes, Evans is naturally a more conservative defender who thrives when his primary objective is to clear away dangerous chances. These attributes coupled with Evan’s veteran presence would provide a solid depth option for a central defense position that has been a question mark for the United States since the 2014 World Cup.

Best fit: Center back   Adrian Melville joined

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7/09/15 USMNT Gold Cup Win, Copa Wrap-up, Indy 11 back home Sat Night , Games on TV

Man 2 steps forward 1 step back.  For every great win on the road in friendlies, there is the come back to earth – the other team dominates the ball, we play defense (much worse than we EVER have in the HISTORY of US Soccer) game in tourney play.  If there is one thing Klinsmann (here forth the GERMAN) has proved its that he has NO IDEA how to nurture or coach a defense.  His selections of Timmy Chandler on the right (possibly the worse right back in the history of US soccer) and now Alverado in the middle over Gonzalez just blows the mind.  Listen I think Alvarado is a fine young prospect – and I think he’s going to be a starter on the US Backline someday.  Key word here is SOMEDAY – not TODAY.  In games that matter – Alverado should be watching from the friggin bench (I know he is now Cap Tied to the US now but they could have done that by subbing him on at halftime or playing in the next game).   Now I do think Brooks is coming along but at just 22 he needs a more experienced back line mate to tell him where to go and what to do.  The center back pairing (right now) of two 22 year olds is frightening.  I just don’t understand the GERMAN sometimes – hell Gonzales is from Dallas, Texas – he had ton’s of family there – and unless he was hurt – I do not understand not starting him in this game with either Brooks preferably or Alvarado.  Its just mindboggling how bad we were on defense last night. Thank god GK Brad Guzan was up to the test, as he had to make save after save early just to keep the US in the game.  And about that – what happened to controlling tempo and possession against teams in CONCACAF.  Someone forgot to send the note to Honduras – as they simply manhandled our midfield and controlled the pace in the first 50 minutes of this game.  Now give Pico and this Honduras team credit – they are the 3rd or 4th best team in this region – and I will guess they go thru as the 2nd place team in our group.  This Coach Pico is the same guy who was the darling of the World Cup last summer as the Costa Rican’s stormed thru to the knockout stages playing some inspired football.  His handprint was all over this team as they played with the same tenacious packed in defense quickly transitioning into attack.  Seriously they outplayed us for 70 minutes of this game and truly they were the team that looked like they would score in the run of play – not the US.  The US again relied on the old steady set play pieces to bail them out.  It used to be play good defense (which we don’t do anymore), counterattack with speed and overall hustle, and win on set pieces.  Well 1 out of 3 ain’t bad right?  Obviously it’s the first game of group play with 2 more easy opponents to iron out the offensive wrinkles against.  But if Altidore is just going to stand there and do nothing all game he might as well just stand on the bench.  His hold up play was ok – but he didn’t ONCE chase down a ball or apply any pressure on the Honduras defenders. Same for Dempsey –perhaps the greatest poacher the game and certainly the US game we have ever known.   His goals are ugly but he scores – but he doesn’t apply pressure, he doesn’t and has never hustled and run balls down.  He’s a creative genius who has a real knack for scoring, but he works best if he’s paired with a forward who actually makes runs and sprints towards the goal.  I missed Bedoya last night on the wing (he’s only the player playing at the highest level in Europe currently along with Guzan and was yet to be seen).  Listen Yedlin has GREAT speed but his offensive skills are atrocious – there’s a reason he’s a right back and not a midfielder at his club.   Hopefully Bedoya has recovered from his knee injury because having him at wing would definitely make a difference.  The good news is the US has 2 practice games coming up to try some new things and combinations – but this US teams needs to win this Gold Cup, and start playing beautiful futbol and playing like they did Monday night will not accomplish that.

The Indy 11 return home on Saturday night at the Mike to take on Carolina – on a five game non-losing streak, the 11 will look to take points from a team just 1 pt ahead of them in the table at 4th place.   So with the influx of Bradley, Giovincho and Altidore to Toronto, Kaka to Orlando,  Gerrard coming to LA, and now Chelsea legend Frank Lampard and soon Andrea Pirlo to NYCFC I have to admit I am watching more MLS this summer.  Both the darby’s last weekend Seattle vs Portland and NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls were great games to watch with fantastic EPL like crowds – now huge game Sunday 3 pm on ESPN as NYCFC faces Toronto in Lampard’s debut at  home.

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 Soccer –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508 Email Lorie Kramer if you have 4 or more players from 1 team coming kramer1965@sbcglobal.net.

US MEN

What Did the US Learn vs Honduras – SI Brian Straus

Guzan, Dempsey Bail out US – Ratings ESPNFC Jason Davis

Dempsey carries US to close win over Honduras ESPN FC

3 Things we Learned during the Honduras Game – Pro Soccer Talk

US – We Weren’t At our Best  ESPN FC

US Gets by Honduras with Clint Dempsey Goals – Brian Straus SI

US Ratings – Pro Soccer Talk

Klinsmann knows team and defense have work to do – Pro Soccer Talk

US Defense needs a makeover – SBNation

Klinsmann got Capt change Right

Gold Cup GK profiles

Gold Cup Proliles Defenders

Gold Cup Preview

Indy 11 and MLS

Indy 11 Tie Cosmos 1-1 at NY

11 Defender Erick Norales Makes Team of the Week Again

Local Product –Dylan Mayers Shines for Boys in Blue

Kravitz Weak Attempt at Covering Soccer and the Indy 11

All things 11 Night at the Mike Sat Night – $11 for ticket and Corn Dog, Bring school supplies for Indy Backpack Attack

Former Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard Ready for NYCFC Debut this Sunday

NYCFC’s Pirlo will not be loaned out to Man City

Pirlo will start for NYCFC on July 26th at Yankee Stadium

Mexico’s Dos Santos expresses interest in LA Galaxy

Atlanta MLS Franchise to be called Atlanta United FC

US WOMEN 3-Time World Cup Champions

More Americans watched the Women’s World Cup final than the NBA Finals or the Stanley Cup

Andres Cantor’s Call of Carli’s 50 yard bomb is fitting  http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015/07/05/carli-lloyd-goal-telemundo-call-andres-cantor-video

Indy’s Own – Ben Davis and Carmel United Star Lauren Cheney Holiday Retires from US Team after Cup Win –  Indy star

US Women cast aside the Demons with World Cup win SB Nation

Thank You Abby, Christie and Shannon

Mission Accomplished Abby Wins Her World Cup Pro Soccer Talk

Some Celebrations USA

Women’s World Cup Breaks TV Ratings Record

WORLD SOCCER

Juve makes changes to replace Pirlo and Tevez

Chelsea and Tottenham battle to call Wembley Temporary Home

COPA AMERICA

Chile defeats Argentina in PKs for Copa America Title

Argentina Title Drought Continues in Chile James Young SI  

Chile win Marcotti ESPNFC

Copa America Awards

Argentina’s Mascherano calls 2nd straight Title Game Defeat Torture

Messi Reveals Pain

Argentina frets over Messi’s Future

Verdict on EPL Players in Copa and How they Played – Sky Sports

So the US is scheduled to Host Copa America 2016 in June but the recent FIFA Scandal may scrap those plans – stay tuned

Games of the Week

 Fri, July 10

8:30 pm                USA vs Haiti                                         Fox Sports 1  

Sat, July 11

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

Sun, July 12

5 pm                      NY City FC vs Toronto FC  ESPN2      Frank Lampards first game

Mon, July 13

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

GAMES THIS Month

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

11:30 pm               La Galaxy vs America        Fox Sports 1 – International Champions Cup

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

Tues, July 14

6 pm                      Jamaica vs El Salvador      Fox Sports 1

8:30 pm                 Canada vs Costa Rica        Fox Sports 1

10:30 pm               San Jose vs America          Fox Sports 1   ICC

Wed, July 15

6 pm                     Cuba vs Guatemala             Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                 Mexico vs T+T                      Fox Sports 2

Fri, July 17

11 pm                   America vs Man United       Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, July 18

5 am                       Roma vs Real Madrid         Fox Sports 1  ICC

12 noon                 Beach Soccer World Cup Fox Sports 2

2 pm                       Beach Soccer World Cup Fox Sports 2

5 pm                       Gold Cup Quarters 1           Fox Sports 2

8 pm                       Gold Cup Quarters 2           Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                PSG vs Benifica                                 Fox Soccer ICC

Sun, July 19

1:30 pm                Beach Soccer WC Finals Fox Sports 2

3 pm                      Ottowa vs Indy 11            ESPN 3

4:30 pm                Gold Cup Quarters 3         Fox Sports 1 USA? 

5 pm                       Columbus vs Chicago        ESPN 2

7 pm                       Orlando vs NY Red Bulls    Fox Sports 1

7:30  pm                Gold Cup Quarters 4           Fox Sports 1

Tues, July 21

6 am                      Man City vs Roma –         Fox Sports 1  ICC

8:30 pm                PGS vs Fiorentina             Fox Sports 1  ICC

11 pm                    LA Galaxy vs Barcelona Fox Sports 1 ICC

11 pm                    Man United vs San Jose                Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 22

6 pm                      Gold Cup Semi USA?      Fox Sports 1

8 pm                      NY Red Bulls vs Chelsea Fox Soccer Plus

9 pm                      Gold Cup Semi                  Fox Sports 2

10 pm                    NWSL – Portland vs Seattle Fox Sports to Go

Fri, July 24

6 am                      Real Madrid vs Man City Fox sports 1 ICC

8 pm                      Fiorentina vs Benfica      Fox Sports 2 ICC

Sat, July 25

8 am                     Milan vs Inter                    Fox Sports 1  ICC

4 pm                      Barcelona vs Man U        Fox Sports ??

4 pm                      Gold Cup 3rd Place Game Fox Sports 2

6 pm                      Chelsea vs PSG                 Fox Sports 2

7:30 pm                Indy 11 vs NY Cosmos (H) TV 8

Sun, July 26

2:30 pm                NY City FC vs Orlando     Fox Sports 1

5 pm                      DC United vs Philly          ESPN 2

7 pm                      NWSL Seattle vs Portland  You Tube

7:30 pm                Gold Cup Final                   Fox Sports 1

7:30 pm                NY Red Bulls vs Benfica Fox Sports 2

Mon, July 27

8 am                      Inter vs Real Madrid       Fox Sports 1  ?? Not sure time?

Tues, July 28

8 pm                      Barcelona vs Chelsea      Fox Sports 2 ICC

10 pm                    America vs Benfinca       Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 29

9 pm                      MLS Allstars vs Tottenham Fox Sports 1

9 pm                      Man U vs PSG                    In Chicago

Thurs, July 30

8 am                      Real Madrid vs Milan      Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, Aug 1

2:30 pm                Wolfsburg vs Bayern      Fox Soccer Plus  German Supercup

4pm                       NWSL Boston vs Seattle                You Tube

6 pm                      Indy 11 vs Atlanta            ESPN 3

8 pm                      NWSL Chicago vs KC        You Tube

Sun, Aug 2

10 am                    Chelsea vs Arsenal          Fox Sports 1       EPL Community Shield

5 pm                      SJ Earthquakes vs Portland ESPN 2

7 pm                      Chicago vs Dallas              Fox Sports 1 (CHS grad Matt Hedges)

Sat, Aug 8            EPL + Ligue 1 Return

Sat, Aug 15          German Bundesliga Returns

Gold Cup Schedule

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

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

7/06/15 US Women Win World Cup/US Men Gold Cup Tues Night//Indy 11 tie Cosmos

Wow so have you recovered yet from the stunning performance the US Ladies displayed against Japan to win the World Cup?  Indy’s own Lauren Cheney Holiday (Ben Davis High School and Carmel United) with a wonder strike.  What an unbelievable team performance and what an unbelievable run for Carli Lloyd who cemented her place in history as one of the biggest game hero’s in Women’s Soccer history not just a World Cup – but remember on top of her hat trick against Japan Sunday in Canada – Lloyd also scored the game winners vs Japan at the Olympics in 2012 and 2008.  He audacious shot from midfield (hear Andres Cantor do this goal justice) followed 2 perfectly executed set plays for goals off corners.  Seriously great coaching on that – two on the ground served corners, set plays for goals – that was stunning.  After getting off to a slow start in the group stages with this team – Jill Ellis properly adjusted her line-up to place that ever important holding defensive mid role to Morgan Brian, while freeing up Carli Lloyd to get into the attack as a high midfielder with one streaking forward.  She did a great job of getting speed and ball control on the field while maintaining the stingiest defense in the tournament. Congrats to Lloyd, the entire US Defense and Hope Solo for winning the golden glove (though I thought the English or German keepers were more deserving based on impressive saves in earlier rounds).  Still the US deserved this World Cup Championship and becomes the first women’s team to add the 3rd Star to their jersey. I thought this Women’s World Cup was great, Fox’s Coverage was superb and the best ever for a Women’s World Cup. I have to admit I was worried when Fox won the contract for both the men’s and women’s World Cups over ESPN- but if this tourney was any indication of their commitment to soccer with a 2 hour pre-game and hour long post game, and World Cup Late night and all the games across Fox, Fox Sports 1 + 2 and Fox Soccer and replayed over and over then we are in for a treat with Fox’s coverage.  Again Congrats to the USWMT, US Fans who showed up in Droves at the Game, and US Fans like you and me who on TV who made the US Women’s Cup final the Most Watched Soccer Game in the History of US Television (25 million+).  Soccer Nation We are Growing and this was another big step, but now we have to support our local teams, Indy 11, MLS, USL, and NWPSL we have to watch the games on TV – Gold Cup starting tonite, US plays Tues Night.

Speaking of Gold Cup –the US Men looked fine in their 4-0 dismantling of overmatched Guatemala in Nashville, Friday night. Now comes Gold Cup action starting this Tues night at 9:30 pm on Fox Sports 1, Gold Cup games from cities across the US will continue over the next few weeks culminating in what most assume will be a US vs Mexico or Costa Rico final.  The US needs to win this Gold Cup to assure they will play in the ever important Confederations Cup in Russia is 2017 before the 2018 World Cup.  Tune in for all the action and check the TV schedule below for Gold Cup times.

Also continue congrats to the Indy 11 as they tied the NY Cosmos at New York after thoroughly outplaying them in the first half.  The 11 return home this Sat Night to the Mike at 7:30 vs Carolina – also on Wish TV 8.

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Carmel FC celebrates their first ever time sending 2 teams to Regional Play after winning President’s Cup State Championships with a float in the Carmel Fest July 4th parade.  Here the U12 girls, U11 Girls, U11 and 12 boys and more join in walking the parade route thru Carmel.  Thanks to Coaches Andy Martin, Mark Stumpf, Bill Spencer and more along with managers Lisa Martin, Ada  for setting this up!!

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 Soccer –- First 100 players to sign up. CHS_Camp_1508 Email Lorie Kramer if you have 4 or more players from 1 team coming kramer1965@sbcglobal.net.

US WOMEN ADD THE 3rd STAR – Win World Cup

More American’s watched this game than any other soccer game in US History, 25 million plus –that’s Double the NBA and NHL Finals.

Cantors Call of Carli’s 50 yard bomb is fitting

US Wins as  Lloyd nets Hat Trick – ESPN FC

Carli Lloyd gives U.S. fans a ‘new hero’ Graham Hayes – ESPN FC

Carlisle: Wambach, Rampone go out as champions

Lloyd US Women Could not Be Stopped – Grant Wahl SI

15er’s Create History Win 3rd World Cup – Grant Wahl SI

US Women – led by Carli Capture World cup – the Goalkeeper Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com

Fagan: Déjà vu for Mia Hamm at World Cup

The Daily W with Julie Foudy

Three observations: Lloyd hat trick leads U.S. women to World Cup title

Hays: Defense paves the way in U.S. women’s World Cup run

U.S. routs Japan for first World Cup since 1999

Key Stats from US Win ESPN FC

Carli Lloyd on Social Media  Memes

Fox Coverage of World Cup Delivers SI RICHARD DEITSCH

Whatever it Takes – Former Gator and US all time Leading Scorer Abby Wambach is willing – Graham Hays ESPN FC

US Men Start GOLD CUP Tues

US Men beat Guatamala but have room to improve Doug McIntyre ESPN FC

US Ratings Jason Davis – ESPN FC

USMNT finishes strong in Gold Cup Tune-up  Brian Struas – SI

US chance to Show they are improving too

Gold Cup Preview Group A USA over Honduras

Gold Cup Preview Group B – Costa Rica over Canada

Preview Group C – Mexico over Guatemala

Gold Cup Schedule

Gold Cup Schedule

 Indy 11 tie Spring Season Champs NY Cosmos 1-1 to move into 4th in NASL

GAMES THIS WEEK- All Summer 

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

Tues, July 14

6 pm                      Jamaica vs El Salvador      Fox Sports 1

8:30 pm                 Canada vs Costa Rica        Fox Sports 1

10:30 pm               San Jose vs America          Fox Sports 1   ICC

Wed, July 15

6 pm                     Cuba vs Guatemala             Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                 Mexico vs T+T                      Fox Sports 2

Fri, July 17

11 pm                   America vs Man United       Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, July 18

5 am                       Roma vs Real Madrid         Fox Sports 1  ICC

12 noon                 Beach Soccer World Cup Fox Sports 2

2 pm                       Beach Soccer World Cup Fox Sports 2

5 pm                       Gold Cup Quarters 1           Fox Sports 2

8 pm                       Gold Cup Quarters 2           Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm                PSG vs Benifica                                 Fox Soccer ICC

Sun, July 19

1:30 pm                Beach Soccer WC Finals Fox Sports 2

3 pm                      Ottowa vs Indy 11            ESPN 3

4:30 pm                Gold Cup Quarters 3         Fox Sports 1 USA? 

5 pm                       Columbus vs Chicago        ESPN 2

7 pm                       Orlando vs NY Red Bulls    Fox Sports 1

7:30  pm                Gold Cup Quarters 4           Fox Sports 1

Tues, July 21

6 am                      Man City vs Roma –         Fox Sports 1  ICC

8:30 pm                PGS vs Fiorentina             Fox Sports 1  ICC

11 pm                    LA Galaxy vs Barcelona Fox Sports 1 ICC

11 pm                    Man United vs San Jose                Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 22

6 pm                      Gold Cup Semi USA?      Fox Sports 1

8 pm                      NY Red Bulls vs Chelsea Fox Soccer Plus

9 pm                      Gold Cup Semi                  Fox Sports 2

10 pm                    NWSL – Portland vs Seattle Fox Sports to Go

Fri, July 24

6 am                      Real Madrid vs Man City Fox sports 1 ICC

8 pm                      Fiorentina vs Benfica      Fox Sports 2 ICC

Sat, July 25

8 am                     Milan vs Inter                    Fox Sports 1  ICC

4 pm                      Barcelona vs Man U        Fox Sports ??

4 pm                      Gold Cup 3rd Place Game Fox Sports 2

6 pm                      Chelsea vs PSG                 Fox Sports 2

7:30 pm                Indy 11 vs NY Cosmos (H) TV 8

Sun, July 26

2:30 pm                NY City FC vs Orlando     Fox Sports 1

5 pm                      DC United vs Philly          ESPN 2

7 pm                      NWSL Seattle vs Portland  You Tube

7:30 pm                Gold Cup Final                   Fox Sports 1

7:30 pm                NY Red Bulls vs Benfica Fox Sports 2

Mon, July 27

8 am                      Inter vs Real Madrid       Fox Sports 1  ?? Not sure time?

Tues, July 28

8 pm                      Barcelona vs Chelsea      Fox Sports 2 ICC

10 pm                    America vs Benfinca       Fox Sports 2 ICC

Wed, July 29

9 pm                      MLS Allstars vs Tottenham Fox Sports 1

9 pm                      Man U vs PSG                    In Chicago

Thurs, July 30

8 am                      Real Madrid vs Milan      Fox Sports 1 ICC

Sat, Aug 1

2:30 pm                Wolfsburg vs Bayern      Fox Soccer Plus  German Supercup

4pm                       NWSL Boston vs Seattle                You Tube

6 pm                      Indy 11 vs Atlanta            ESPN 3

8 pm                      NWSL Chicago vs KC        You Tube

Sun, Aug 2

10 am                    Chelsea vs Arsenal          Fox Sports 1       EPL Community Shield

5 pm                      SJ Earthquakes vs Portland ESPN 2

7 pm                      Chicago vs Dallas              Fox Sports 1 (CHS grad Matt Hedges)

Sat, Aug 8            EPL + Ligue 1 Return

Sat, Aug 15          German Bundesliga Returns

Gold Cup Schedule

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

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

ESPN FC Insider Panel: Key players, predictions U.S. 2015 Gold Cup

On Tuesday night the U.S. men’s national team kicks off the 2015 Gold Cup, attempting to repeat as the tournament champs after bringing home the CONCACAF-based title in 2013.The U.S. and Mexico are the tournament favorites, and to meet El Tri in the likely Gold Cup title match, the Americans will need to navigate a group featuring pesky foes Honduras and Panama before advancing to the knockout stage.Which U.S. player will have the biggest impact on the team’s performance based on how well or poorly he plays? Which young player needs to step up the most for the U.S.? Which American has the most to prove? And which U.S. player would be the most important provisional squad call-up for the group stage?We assembled a panel of six ESPN USMNT experts — including FC Insiders Doug McIntyre, Adrian Melville and Kasey Keller, FC USMNT reporters Jeff Carlisle and Jason Davis, and Paul Carr from ESPN Stats & Info — to weigh in on these questions as well as to get their prediction on whether the U.S. will win the Gold Cup.

 1. Which U.S. player will have the biggest impact on the team’s performance based on how well or poorly he plays?

 McIntyre: Michael Bradley. The newly anointed captain enters the tournament in the best form of his career. A dominant, defining performance that leads the U.S. to the title could establish Bradley as CONCACAF’s best player.

 Melville: John Brooks. He leads the team with 25 clearances and 13 interceptions through the team’s eight friendlies in 2015. His communication with the rest of the backline will not only determine how often the U.S. outside backs can get forward and join the attack, but also assist in the team clearing opposing crosses and set-piece opportunities that opponents will look to create.

 Keller: Bradley. How well he played against Holland and Germany was a big reason for the team’s success. If Bradley plays as well in Gold Cup, the U.S. will have a great chance.

 Carlisle: Bradley. Everyone remembers how the World Cup wasn’t great for him, but he’s looked miles more comfortable at the tip of the [4-4-2 formation] diamond than he has previously. Granted, the games will be challenging in a different way than, say, the friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands were. But if he can continue to play at that level, than I see no reason why the U.S. can’t win it all.

 Davis: Bradley. Everything flows through the midfielder, and if he’s not on top of his game, the United States has very little chance of lifting a second consecutive Gold Cup trophy.

 Carr: Jozy Altidore. He leads the team with four goals since the 2014 World Cup. Just like last year, there isn’t a like-for-like replacement for him on this roster. While losing Altidore to injury or bad form may not drastically reduce U.S. title hopes, it would mean the Americans couldn’t play their ideal style with a target forward.

 2. Which young player (24 or younger) needs to step up the most in order for the U.S. to win the Gold Cup?

 McIntyre: Brooks. The 22-year old center-back has started every game he’s been available for over the last year and, while he’s played well, he’s also made mistakes. There’s no room for error this month.

 Melville: Aron Johannsson. The forward is the young player who needs to step up for the U.S., and he must provide forward depth behind the team’s top strikers. Altidore (hamstring) and Clint Dempsey (suspension) have both missed time leading up to the Gold Cup, and after producing just three shots in three 2015 friendly appearances, Johannsson will need to be prepared to provide significant minutes if the U.S. attack struggles early in the tournament.

 Keller: I think this tournament will be won by the veterans, so wouldn’t target any particular young player as needing to step up for the U.S.

 Carlisle: Brooks. He’s gradually improved his performances this year with the U.S., and has also found more consistency at club level. If he can begin to transfer that form to the U.S. with regularity, I think that will go a long way toward the Americans winning the title.

 Davis: Brooks. The United States is counting a couple of young center-backs — the other being Ventura Alvarado — to hold down the fort in the back. Brooks is immensely talented, and this tournament could be the moment he solidifies himself as a starter.

 Carr: DeAndre Yedlin. Yedlin, who turns 22 on Thursday, might be the fastest player in the tournament, and even though he’s completed only one of 19 crosses for the U.S. since the World Cup (an admittedly small sample size), at his peak he adds a dimension that few opponents will be able to handle.

 3. Which U.S. player has the most to prove?

McIntyre: Alvarado. Like Brooks, the Mexican-based center-back is just 22 years old, but with even less experience. Will he be up to the challenge if Klinsmann hands him a starting role?

 Melville: Yedlin. The explosive right-sided player is at risk of falling behind Timmy Chandler at right-back, and the emergence of Gyasi Zardes as a right-sided midfielder could make it difficult for Yedlin to maintain his place in the team. Yedlin has appeared in all eight of the U.S. friendlies in 2015, and is recording significant tackles and interceptions defensively, but has something to prove on the attacking end.

 Keller: I’ll look at this from the standpoint of players who would benefit the most from having a great Gold Cup. Brad Guzan could continue to prove he is the successor to Tim Howard if Tim doesn’t return to the fold, or if Brad can continue to show the coaching staff that even if Tim does return, he should be considered for the No. 1 spot. Also, if Yedlin has a stellar tournament, he could convince a team to take him on loan, where he could receive much-needed playing time at the club level.

 Carlisle: Mix Diskerud. Is he a fringe player, or someone who can really cement his spot in the lineup? And where? Is he a shuttler in the diamond or holding mid? His work for NYCFC still seems too inconsistent, but Klinsmann is giving him every chance to prove himself for the U.S.

Davis: Altidore. Long a fixture in the team, Altidore nonetheless needs to prove that he can score goals in the U.S. setup on a regular basis, in part because of his aborted 2014 World Cup and disastrous experience at Sunderland.

 Carr: Brooks. His five starts this year are the most of any U.S. center-back, but he hasn’t looked convincing. The U.S. conceded seven goals in his four games in Europe, though he did score against the Netherlands. A good tournament could cement his starting spot. A poor one could see him fall behind Besler, Tim Ream and possibly others on the depth chart.

 4. Which player (who didn’t make the final 23-man roster) would be the most important provisional squad call-up for the group stage?

 McIntyre: Besler. I would’ve said Jordan Morris before he got injured. I could see Besler, who started all five games for the U.S. at last year’s World Cup and who has played well for Sporting KC lately, replacing Brooks if Brooks struggles or returns to Hertha Berlin early. But I don’t expect either of those things to happen.

 Melville: Michael Orozco. I think Orozco’s versatility in defense could help the U.S. pressure more CONCACAF opponents higher up the field, and help the team win possession more often in its defensive half. While Orozco plays as a center-back with the U.S., his ability to play outside back and even defensive midfield at Puebla shows that he is capable of covering a lot of ground and could pressure opposing attacking midfielders, along with marking opposing forwards.

 Carlisle: Alan Gordon. I think Gordon could be valuable as a late-game sub if the U.S. finds itself in need of a goal late in a game. He’s proved that time and again at club level with L.A. Galaxy, and he helped in the U.S. in that very fashion during a World Cup qualifier against Antigua and Barbuda. I also think the versatility of a Brek Shea could come in handy given that he’s seen time at both left back and left midfield for Orlando.

 Davis: Juan Agudelo. The Revolution forward has a unique skill set in the U.S. forward pool. It’s easy to imagine that Jurgen Klinsmann will want those abilities on his bench if he needs a goal in a big game.

 Carr: Besler. After a poor end to the 2014 season, he’s been rounding back into form this MLS season. He ranks in the top 10 in MLS interceptions and clearances, and Sporting Kansas City has allowed two goals in the last five games Besler has played. Besler could solidify an in-flux U.S. defense for the knockout stage.

 5. Which team will win the 2015 Gold Cup?

 McIntyre: United States. They’re playing at home and coming in confident after four straight victories. Meantime, their main title threat, Mexico, is winless in seven and just lost star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (broken collarbone) for the tournament.

 Melville: United States. The Americans have the depth and experience to win the Gold Cup. In the attack, the team has scored 19 goals in eight 2015 friendlies. Meanwhile, defensively the team is more focused on avoiding costly mistakes, and after conceding 10 goals after the 80th minute in 2014 post-World Cup friendlies, the team has conceded just three after the 80th minute in its eight 2015 friendlies.

 Keller: United States.

 Carlisle: United States. The Americans have a ton of momentum and seem as comfortable in Klinsmann’s system as they have ever been. It helps that rivals Mexico will be short of full strength with Hector Moreno and Hernandez both out injured. Of course there is always a chance that one of Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica could sneak into the final, but regardless, I expect the U.S. to prevail.

 Davis: United States. Mexico is extremely talented, but suffering from a lack of confidence. Costa Rica is good enough, but is missing several key players. It’s the Americans’ tournament to lose.

 Carr: United States. Assuming the quarterfinal bracket plays out as expected, ESPN’s Soccer Power Index has the U.S. as a 49 percent title favorite, well ahead of second-best Mexico (33 percent). Playing at home, that seems about right.

 With the CONCACAF Gold Cup set to kick off, ESPN FC writers Jeff Carlisle, Doug McIntyre, Jason Davis, Tom Marshall, Cesar Hernandez and Andrea Canales make their tournament predictions.

Who will win the Gold Cup?

Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle): United States

McIntyre (@DougMacESPN): United States

Davis (@davisjsn): United States

Marshall (@MexicoWorldCup): United States

Hernandez (@CesarHFootball)Mexico

Canales (@SoccerCanales): Costa Rica

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