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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
US WOMEN ADD THE 3rd STAR – Win World Cup
Carli Lloyd gives U.S. fans a ‘new hero’ Graham Hayes – ESPN FC
US Men Start GOLD CUP Tues
USMNT finishes strong in Gold Cup Tune-up Brian Struas – SI
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
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
July 11th Carmel’s Dad Club – 3 v 3 Live Tour
Carmel’s Dad Club and 3v3 Live team up together to bring you the 13 annual Kick in the Grass Tournament. July 11th, Rain date July 12th. This tournament has attracted over 100 teams the last several years. Music, Speed Shot, Shot Accuracy and more fun. Full Concessions and more! Register and more info @ www.3v3live.com $185 per team up to six players. Each player will receive a t-shirt, top three teams in each division get custom medals, top four qualify for Regionals -the road to Disney.
Kick In for your Community — Meijer and NABISCO for every participating product purchased, 5¢ will be donated to Youth Soccer organizations, up to $100,000
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