8/28/15 -US Soccer 2 Big Changes for Youth Soccer, EPL Week 3 Man City Rolling, MLS Rivalry Week Seattle/Portland, NY/DC, CHS Girls Tourney, Full TV Schedule

So US Soccer has announced 2 big movements this week – Small Sided Game Adoption and a yearly calendar as opposed to school calendar for ages on travel teams.  First the move to small sided games across the age groups – this is something that I think most of Indiana has moved to at least at the travel level and one thing that I feel is hugely important. The fewer players on the field the more decisions a young player has to make – the more a player cannot hide. With 3 v 3 and 4 v 4 at the U8 levels each player has to be engaged and make lots of moves and decisions per game.  In the US we still need to worry more about player development and less about winning or losing games. Listen those of us who have coached Rec soccer have seen coaches stack the best players on one team loading the middle with the biggest and strongest kids playing them the entire game to win games and that elusive Rec Championship trophy (listen that has been the standard now for 20 years).  I ask you how many great US players has that produced?  Maybe 5, 10 (other than Goalies) that have truly played at the highest level in the world’s top leagues? Meanwhile the Dutch – 1/20th our size continue to produce some of the top players in the world.  Its about player skill development and the freedom to create, make decisions and try things out.  Well meaning commissioners and coaches think – hey lets just make our U6 league 6 v 6 so all the kids can play more. Well they can’t create and move when there are too many kids crowding the field.(Would you play 8 on 8 in basketball?)  If you have 4 on the field there should be 2 subs waiting (I prefer free flow subbing on throw-ins at all ages so you can take the tired kids out). Either way most of the time the more kids you add –  the less the players develop in games.  Another is the practice to game time ratio – many teams will play 2 weekend games but only practice once.  It should be 2 or 3 practices for every league game.  With tourneys and leagues – we all play too many games per practice time in the US. On the age moving from school calendar to yearly calendar – I only know that the rest of the entire world does it this way and that’s why the change is taking place. I do think this will obviously give clubs some growing pains in the US as kids who have been age/grade specific will be ripped away from their teams and kids they know to play with other teams that match this new guideline.  It won’t be an easy transition – but I do understand if the rest of the world does it that way, perhaps long term at least we have to adapt.  While we are on the youth Soccer Side – I refereed a bunch of youth games (U7,8) games this weekend and noticed the age old issue we have with parents on the side line trying to help their young kids play.  Here’s another point from former US National Team player and World Cup Winner and soccer mom  Please Let the Coaches Coach.   

Ok so moving on to professional soccer now the EPL plays on NBC this Saturday 12:30 with US Keeper Timmy Howard backstopping the Toffies in their heated matchup with Tottenham, meanwhile in Germany Bayern Munich takes on Bayern Leverkusen at 12:30 Sat on Fox Sports 2.  Its Rivalry Weekend in MLS – as Portland travels to Seattle on ESPN Sunday at 5 pm, and the top 2 teams in the Eastern Conference the New York Red Bulls face off with DC United at 7 pm on Fox Sports 1.  Finally Thurs-Tues of next week the international break is upon us (Read no EPL or Foreign league Games) for European Qualifying and plenty of friendlies including the US vs Peru Friday night.  (See the full schedule below).

The Girls CHS team will be hosting an invitational at Murray stadium hosting 3 of the top 10 teams in the state.  Carmel will play Fishers at 9 am and Cathedral at 7 pm at Murray Stadium.  JV with our own Coach Carla Baker will play Fishers 10:30 am and Cathedral at 5 pm on the Football practice Fields behind the Football Stadium.

Congrats to the U13 Girls Gold Winners of the Gold Division at Pikefest with coaches Tom and Carla Baker

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Congrats to the U13 boys Gold Team Runners Up at Pikefest

GAMES THIS WEEK

Friday, Aug 28

2:30 p.m.,               VfL Wolfsburg vs. Schalke 04                       Fox Sports 1

Sat, Aug 29

7:45 am                   Newcastle vs Arsenal                            NBCSN

10 am                      Chelsea vs Crystal Palace                            USA

Liverpool vs West Ham                                NBCSN?

Stoke vs West Brom, Aston Villa vs Sunderland  NBC Sports Extra

12:30 pm                Tottenham vs Everton                         NBC

12:30 pm                Bayern Munich vs Bayern Leverkusen        Fox Sports 2

2:30 pm                   Barcelona vs Malaga                                    beIn Sports

7:30 pm                  Indy 11 @ Ft Lauderdale                             ESPN3

Sun, Aug 30

8:30 am                   Southhampton vs Norwich                          NBCSN

9:30 am                   Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha              Fox Soccer

11 am                      Swansea vs Man United                               NBCSN

12 noon                  Roma vs Juventus (Italy)                              beIn Sports

1 pm                UF vs FSU Womens College               SEC Network

3 pm                        Monaco vs PSG (FR)                                   beIN Sports

5 pm                       Seattle Sounders vs Portland                     ESPN

7 pm                       New York Red Bulls vs DC United     Fox Sports 1

9:30 pm                   Washington vs Portland Thorns NWSL     Fox Sports 1

 

Thur, Spet 3   Euro Qualifying

2:45 pm           Italy vs Malta                  Fox Sports 1

2:45 pm           Belgium vs Bosnia + Herz             Fox Sports 2

2:45 pm           Netherlands vs Iceland                ESPN3

Fri, Sept 4               Euro Qualifying

12 noon          Georgia vs Scotland             ESPN 3

2:45 pm           Germany vs Poland              Fox Sports 1

2:45 pm           Hungary vs Romania            Fox Sports 2

2:45 pm           Ireland vs Gibraltar                       ESPN 3

2:45 pm           Portugal vs France (friendly)               Fox Soccer Channel

7 pm               USA vs Peru                                          Fox Sports 1

10 pm              Mexico vs T+T                       ESPN 3, Univision

 Sat, Sept 5     Euro Qualifying

12 noon          England vs San Marino                Fox Sports 2

12 noon          Russia vs Sweden                         ESPN 3 +Desportes

2:45                 Switzerland vs Slovenia               Fox Sports 2

2:45                 Spain vs Slovakia                         ESPN 3

4 pm                Brazil vs Costa Rica (Friendly)    beIN sports

7:30 pm          Indy 11 vs Jacksonville (home)  Ch 8 + ESPN 3

Sun, Sept 6    Euro Qualifying

12 noon          Wales vs Isreal                      Fox Sports 2

12 noon          Latvia vs Czech Republic             Fox Soccer Channel

2:45 pm           Italy vs Bulgaria                     ESPN 3 + Desportes

2:45 pm           Bosnia vs Andorra                        Fox Sports 2

7 pm                Columbus Crew vs Dallas             Fox Sports 1

Mon, Sept 7   Euro Qualifying

12 noon          Armenia vs Denmark             Fox Sports 1

2:45 pm           Scotland vs Germany           Fox Sports 1

2:45 pm           Northern Ireland vs Hungary               Fox Sports 2

2:45 pm           Ireland vs Georgia                        Fox Soccer Channel

Tues, Sept 8 Euro Qualifying

1 am                Argentina vs Mexico (friendly)    ESPN 2

2:45 pm           England vs Switzerland                ESPN 3 + Deportes

2:45 pm           Macedonia vs Spain             Fox Sports 1

2:45 pm           Sweden vs Austria                         Fox Sports 2

8:30 pm          USA vs Brazil (friendly)               ESPN 

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

MLS TV Shedule

Full EPL Schedule on NBC along with Capital One Cup + FA Cup

German Bundesliga Games on Fox Sports 1 + 2

USA

US Soccer calls for Small Sided Games and Move to Jan Birthdates rather than school Year for Club Teams –

New Player Development Initiatives Small Sided Game instructions and why

All Important October Matches loom Large for US and U23s

Who Might Be on the Roster for Sept Friendlies?

USMNT players stay hot – US Soccer

US Overseas Bedoya helps Nantes remain unbeated in Ligue 1

USMNT youngster Gedion Zelalem joins Rangers on loan from Arsenal.

US Defender Geoff Cameron Wins Game on Penalty Kick for Stoke City

US Mexico to get Even Split of Confed Cup Playoff Tix

WORLD SOCCER

100th Copa America Will be Played – Where is the Question

Champions League Group Draw – Man City in Tough Group

European Soccer Recap Ben Lyttleton SI

Serie A Season Preview – Ben Lyttleton SI

Saves of the year in Uefa or Champions League

EPL

Man City is Clear Leader in the EPL – Peter Berlin

Top 5 Saves in the EPL this week  – ah the Real Petre Cech is back!

Liverpools Balotelli loaned back to AC Milan with good behavior Clauses

League Cup 9/21 3rd Round Draw has Arsenal vs Spurs and for US Fans- Fulham vs Stoke

MLS and NASL

Rivalry Week is back with Portland vs Seattle and DC United vs NY Red Bulls

What to expect this weekend in MLS

Week 25 Video Recap

Week 25 Rankings MLS Brian Straus SI

Week 25 rankings Jason Davis ESPN FC

MLS Table Week 25 shows logjam in the west

Vancouver proud to win Canadian Championship

Indy 11 Watch Party for 8/29 at Ft Lauderdale Game Saturday, August 29 at Fort Lauderdale Strikers – 7:30 pm at Chatham Tap Fishers

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8/21/15 EPL Wk 3, Spanish and Italian leagues start, High School season is back, Indy 11 win- Full TV game Listings

So with the Spanish League (La Liga) and the Italian Serie A back in play this weekend all of the major soccer leagues across the world are back on line including local colleges and high school.  See previews below for the Serie A – will my precious Juventus win the league for a 5th straight time despite their shipping out Pirlo, Tevez and lots of other talent? (Buffon still minds the net).  Will the Milans Inter or AC come back to relevance in a league they have dominated over the years?  In Spain the La Liga has the usual suspects of Real Madrid and Barcelona battling at the top with Athletico, Valencia, and perhaps Sevilla battling for Champion’s League spots.  The season kicks off Saturday but TV coverage starts Sunday as Athletico travels to Barcelona at 12:30 on beIN Sports.

The EPL is back for week 3 with a doozy of a game on Monday 3 pm as undefeated Liverpool travel to Arsenal on NBCSN.  US Keeper Brad Guzan and Aston Villa face Crystal Palace Sat morning at 10 am on USA Network, while fellow keeper Tim Howard and Everton face Tottenham on NBCSN on Sunday at 10 am.

High School soccer has returned in Indy with multiple teams on the North side of Indy ranked – on the Girls Side its Fishers #1, Carmel #2, and Noblesville #3 while Brebeuf, Cathedral, Hamilton Southeastern and Guerin Catholic are all top 10.  On the boys side the top 10 includes Zionsville at #3, Carmel at #6, Fisher’s #9, and Guerin Catholic #10.  Carmel Girls have a 2 week home streak with games against Guerin 8/22, Fishers 8/29, Cathedral 8/29, and Pike 9/2. Catch the Carmel Invitational next weekend at Murray Stadium as 4 of the top 10 Girl’s teams in the state will play on Saturday 8/29.  The Carmel boys are home 8/25 vs Ben Davis and again 9/3.  Guerin Catholic boys has a string of 3 home games next week 8/25, 8/29 and 9/1.

Finally, congrats to the Indy 11 for their big win over Tampa Bay 2-0 on Wednesday night, it was actually the first win I have witnessed in person for our Indy 11.  In case you haven’t been – here is quick goal video from the BYB section behind the goal – the only place to take in a soccer game in my opinion.  The 11 move into a tie for 8th and take off on a 3 game road streak starting with Atlanta this Saturday night – catch the game on ESPN3 or these watch party locations.

 LA-LIGA + Serie A-Spanish/Italian Leagues Start this Weekend on beIN Sports

La Liga Top 4 ESPN FC

Real Madrid Face Questions this Season ESPN FC 

La Liga Points to Ponder – Sid Lowe ESPN FC

La Liga Preview- Yahoo sports

Player of the Year Candidates – Messi, Renaldo, Suarez, Gigi Buffon

Pique Gets 4 game Ban to Start Season

Seria A Preview

USA

US welcomes back Tim Howard and Beasley

Tim Howard returns as #2

US Olympic Qualifying Is Set – US to face Canada, Cuba and Panama

US Ream set to Join Fulham in Championship

Ream Heads to Fulham America

US Ladies rock Costa Rica Again

American Exports – Tim Howards adds 127th EPL shutout while Cameron and Stoke tie Tottenham

American Exports – Bobby Wood and Bob Bradley both win  MLSsoccer.com

EPL

Man City Routs Chelsea 3-0 Richard Jolly ESPN FC

Everton shine with Lukaku and Barkley

Something not Right at Chelsea?  Iain MacIntosh EPSN FC

What is Mourinho’s Problem with Terry?

Chelsea steals Barca’s Pedro from Man U –

Predictions on this Weekends Games in  the EPL ESPN FC

Arsenal vs Liverpool Monday

MLS/Indy 11

Indy 11 beat Tampa Bay 2-0 at home  

11 Do Things Right vs Rowdies

MLS Week 24 Rundown

Donovan Ricketts is LA Galaxy Renaissance man

MLS Sounders in Champions League Classic win

GAMES THIS WEEK

Sat, Aug 22

7:45 a.m.,               Manchester United vs. Newcastle                       NBCSN:

9:30 am                   Hoffenhiem vs Bayern Munich             Fox Sports 1
10:00 a.m., TBD:   Leicester vs. Tottenham,                       NBCSN

10 am                      Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa,                             USA Network

Brad Guzan – Aston Villa at Crystal Palace (Saturday, 10 am on USA)

The US netminder pitched a pair of shutouts against Palace last season, but Villa failed to win the home game. Guzan has three clean sheet victories in his last five EPL road games, and his 1-0 win there last season snappe a Villas win drought at Selhurst Park that dated back to 1980.

Sunderland vs. Swansea, West Ham vs. Bournemouth, Norwich vs. Stoke City, NBCSports Extra

12:30                       Hamburg vs Stuttgart                             Fox Sports 1

7:30                         Indy 11 @ Atlanta                                  ESPN3

Sunday, Aug 23

8:30 a.m.,               West Bromwich vs. Chelsea                                 NBCSN

9:30 am                   FC Ingolstadt vs Borussia Dortmund Fox Sports 1

Alfredo Morales – Ingolstadt vs. Borussia Dortmund (Sunday, 9:30 am on Fox Sports 1)

Having thoroughly enjoyed Ingolstadt’s Bundesliga coming out party away from home last week, Morales & Co. bring the show home for the fans. Both the midfielder and his club will be getting their first look at Dortmund. The Audi Boys will go without key defender Danilo, while the visitors are set to arrive without someone the American ordinarily would have run up against repeatedly, midfield ace Nuri Sahin.

11:00 a.m.,             Everton vs. Manchester City               NBCSN

Tim Howard – Everton vs. Manchester City (Sunday, 11 am on NBCSN)

After shutting down one of his favorite opponents at Southampton last weekend, Howard returns home trying to regain the upper hand in a series he had traditionally dominated until recently. Despite dropping his last three clshs with the Citizens, the Toffees backstop still holds a 10-7-2 all-time edge with six clean sheets thrown in for good measure. This time, Everton must go without star defender Leighton Baines.

11:00 a.m.,:            Watford vs. Southampton                       Extra Time

11:30 am                 Monchengladbach vs Mainz                   Fox Sports 1

12:30                       Athletico vs Barcelona                          beIN Sports

5 pm                       LA Galaxy @ NYCFC                            ESPN

Monday, Aug 24

3:00 p.m.              Arsenal vs. Liverpool                             NBCSN

 Tues, Aug 25          Champions League

2:45 pm                   FR Monaco vs Valencia                       Fox Sports 1

Wed, Aug 26          Champions League

2:45 pm                  Club Brugge @ Man United (1-3)           Fox Sports 1

2:$5 pm                   Bayer Leverkusen vs Lazio                   Fox sports 2

Friday, Aug28

2:30 p.m.,               VfL Wolfsburg vs. Schalke 04               Fox Sports 1

 Sat, Aug 29            

7:45 am                   Newcastle vs Arsenal                            NBCSN

10 am                      Chelsea vs Crystal Palace                    USA?

Liverpool vs West Ham                        NBCSN?

Stoke vs West Brom, Aston Villa vs Sunderland  NBC Sports Extra

12:30 pm                Tottenham vs Everton                         NBC

12:30 pm                Bayern Munich vs Bayern Leverkusen Fox Sports 2

2:30 pm                   Barcelona vs Malaga                            beIn Sports

7:30 pm                 Indy 11 vs Ft Lauderdale                     ESPN3

Sun, Aug 30

8:30 am                   Southhampton vs Norwich                  NBCSN

9:30 am                   Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha              Fox Soccer

11 am                      Swansea vs Man United                       NBCSN

12 noon                  Roma vs Juventus (Italy)                      beIn Sports

3 pm                        Monaco vs PSG (FR)                            beIN Sports

5 pm                       Seattle Sounders vs Portland             ESPN

7 pm                       New York Red Bulls vs DC United     Fox Sports 1

9:30 pm                   Washington vs Portland Thorns NWSL             Fox Sports 1

 Fri, Sept 4              

USA vs Peru                                          Fox Sports 1

 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

MLS TV Shedule

Full EPL Schedule on NBC along with Capital One Cup + FA Cup

German Bundesliga Games on Fox Sports 1 + 2

8/14/15 EPL Wk 2, German League Starts, US Women on Sun, Indy 11 Wed 8/19 game, TV Game Listings

So the EPL finally returned this past weekend and what a weekend of play as 4 of the top 5 contenders for the title struggled with Arsenal losing at home, Chelsea tying at home, Tottenham losing and Man United barely winning.  Now which team looked the best on opening weekend?  Man City – the team many including myself were guessing might slide out of the top 4 this year –their 3-0 blasting at West Brom was impressive with YaYa Toure scoring the brace. (2 goals)  It sets up for another interesting EPL season on NBC.  I am so glad to see they added USA Network to the 10 am Sat kickoffs since some folks still don’t get NBCSN.  Huge EPL game Sunday 11 am on NBCSN as Man City host Chelsea right after the Arsenal/Crystal Palace game at 8:30 am.  Sat features American’s Timmy Howard and Everton hosting Southampton at 7:30 AM on NBCSN, and Geoff Cameron and Stoke hosting Tottenham at 10 am on NBCSN.  Also don’t forget if you miss the games you can always catch Match of the Day 1 on Saturday afternoons/eves and Match of the Day 2 on Sunday afternoons to catch a nice 20 minute synopsis of each game played set those DVRs.

So I watched way too much soccer on Sat/Sun but one thing I wanted to do was watch some EPL games on Sun AM then watch the MLS games right after to see the difference in level of play.  Honestly – while the ELP games were not the greatest on Sunday – the play was eerily similar.  Now I was watching the extremely intense NY Darby with NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls and LA vs Seattle – 2 very good MLS games – but both games had stadium atmospheres equal to or greater than the EPL games of the day.  There were maybe a few more shots in the EPL games overall but I honestly found them just as entertaining.  You Euro snobs out there –should catch an Sunday MLS game on ESPN or Fox Sports 1 you might just be surprised try the Orlando City vs Seattle game Sun 5 pm on ESPN 2 and see if Kaka (click on this link for a great video on Kaka) can will his team past Dempsey and the Sounders.

Now when it comes to atmosphere – few things beat being in the Brickyard Battalion (the standing room only section behind the goal). Though I have to say this past Sat Night was tough – Ottawa showed why they are top of the table – and honestly our Indy 11 looked like the bottom of the table on this day.  The defense really struggled giving up 4 goals – however new addition Marvin Ceballos from Guatamala really looks like he has the skills to turn things around for the 11 in the midfield.  The 5’5” #10 really showed supreme ballhanding skills and looks like he might really help us when he gets more on the same page with his teammates.  The 11 return for a midweek – home stay on Wed, Aug 19th at 7:30 vs the Tampa Bay Rowdies.  Oh and big thanks to Coach Tim for finding me a rare Indy 11/USA Bumper Sticker from last season – it now resides proudly on my new Mazda CX5 – thanks Coach!!

Don’t forget the German Bundesliga gets underway this Friday with games on Fox Sports 1, 2 and Fox Soccer, there are a bunch of American National Team players in Germany and of course Bayern Munich and Dortmann are two powerhouse Champions League contenders year in and year out.  I’ll be tuning in Saturday to see how Eric R, Alexis Lalas, Burton and the boys at Fox Soccer will handle the coverage of their new property it starts with US International Aaron Johannsson with his new club Werder Bremen vs Schalke at 9:30 am on Fox Soccer Channel.  Finally, the US Women’s World Cup Champions begin their US tour with matchups this week vs Costa Rica – Sun 1:30 on FS1 and Wed 6:30 pm on ESPN2.

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CFC Players – Injury Screenings Begin Monday 8/24/15 at Badger Field Location
 If your athlete has a minor ache or pain and is unsure about participating in a practice or game session visit medical professionals from Methodist Sports Medicine who will provide free injury screens for CDC/Carmel FC athletes at Badger Field from 3:30-4:30 pm on Monday, August 24th

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Something to think about as Coaches  Soccer America

Goal of the Year by a Goalie

13 Great Goals from Keepers

EPL

First Weekend of Play – IAIN MACINTOSH ESPN FC

Arsenal start 2015 campaign with awful performance – player ratings

Chelsea Draw 2-2 after Courtoise is sent off in 52nd minute

City is Impressive in 3-0 blanking

First Weekend Notes SI

Stoke signs Shaqiri

Stoke City makes a Push for Europa League – Ben Lyttleon SI

Van Gaal to sit De Gea Again for Man U

NBC Signs on for 6 more years of EPL Coverage

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA Kicks off on FOX Sports 

German Games on Fox Sports Networks this season

German Bundelsiga Preview – Games on Fox Sports start Friday

German Bundesliga what you need to know

American Players in Bundesliga Preview Who to Watch

Germany Key 10 Players to Watch

USA
US Defender Tim Ream Signs with QPR from Bolton -looks for quick return to EPL

American’s in Europe What can they do – SI

American’s in Europe

Few US Players starting in Europe

US Players in the EPL – MLS.com

MLS + Indy 11

MLS Insider Video on Kaka – I love this guy!

MLS Power Rankings

NY City Brawl Red Bulls vs NYCFC – Red Bulls won the game to sweep the NYC Derby this season

Young US U20 Matt Miazga Stepping up

Orlando’s Kaka back on Roster for Brazil games next month

NYCFC upsets MLS Top team DC United– Great Pass from Pirlo to Villa

Indy 11 Monday Musings after loss

Indy 11 lose to Red Hot Ottawa

Last Word on Sports- 3 Lessons Fixing Indy 11

Bloody Shambles Blog Not Happy with our 11

GAMES THIS WEEK

Friday, Aug 14

2:30 pm                  Bayern Munich vs Hamburg SV          Fox Sports 2 (Germany)

2:45 p.m.,               Aston Villa vs. Manchester United                      NBCSN:

4 pm                        Athletico vs Barcelona (Supercup)      ESPN3

Saturday, Aug 15

7:45 a.m                 Southampton vs. Everton                   NBCSN: 

9:30 am                   Bayern Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim                      Fox Sports 2

9:30 am                   Werder Bremen vs Schalke 04                             Fox Soccer

10:00 a.m.,             EPL –Tottenham vs. Stoke City           NBC Sports Network

10:00 am West Ham United vs. Leicester City,   USA

Watford vs. West Bromwich, Sunderland vs. Norwich City, Swansea City vs. Newcastle on NBCExtra

12:30 pm                 Borussia Dortmund vs Monchengladbach  Fox Sports 2

Sunday, Aug 16

8:30 a.m.,               Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal                    NBCSN:

9:30 am                   Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt                         Fox Sports 1
11:00 a.m,,             Manchester City vs. Chelsea               NBCSN:

1:30 pm                  US Women vs Costa Rica                    Fox Sports 1

3 pm                        PSG vs Gazelec Ajoccio                       beIn Sports

5 pm                       Seattle vs Orlando City                        ESPN 2

7 pm                        Philly Union vs Chicago Fire                              Fox Sports 1

Monday, Aug 17

3:00 p.m.,               Liverpool vs. Bournemouth                                  NBCSN

4 pm                        Athletico vs Barcelona (Supercup)      ESPN2

 Tues, Aug 18         Champions League

2:45 pm                  Man United vs Club Brugge                Fox Sports 1

Wed, Aug 19

2:45 pm                   Valencia vs Fr Monaco                         Fox Sports 2

2:45 pm                   Celtic vs Malmo                                     Fox Soccer

6:30 p.m.,               US Women vs Costa Rica                    ESPN 2

 Saturday, Aug 22

7:45 a.m.,               Manchester United vs. Newcastle       NBCSN:

9:30 am                   Hoffenhiem vs Bayern Munich                             Fox Sports 1
10:00 a.m., TBD:   Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa, Leicester vs. Tottenham, Norwich City vs. Stoke City,

Sunderland vs. Swansea City, West Ham United vs. Bournemouth

12:30                       Hamburg vs Stuttgart                             Fox Sports 1

Sunday, Aug 23

8:30 a.m.,               West Bromwich vs. Chelsea                 NBCSN

9:30 am                   FC Ingolstadt vs Borussia Dortmund Fox Sports 1
11:00 a.m.,             Everton vs. Manchester City               NBCSN
11:00 a.m.,:            Watford vs. Southampton                                    Extra Time

11:30 am                 Monchengladbach vs Mainz                   Fox Sports 1

12:30                       Athletico vs Barcelona                          beIN Sports

3 pm                       LA Galaxy @ NYCFC                            ESPN

Monday, Aug 24

3:00 p.m.                 Arsenal vs. Liverpool                          NBCSN

 Wed, Aug 26          Champions League

2:45 pm                   Club Brugge @ Man United                  Fox Sports 1

Friday, Aug28

2:30 p.m.,               VfL Wolfsburg vs. Schalke 04              Fox Sports 1

USA GAMES

Sun, Aug 16            USWNT vs Costa Rica                                         Fox sports 1

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

MLS TV Shedule

Full EPL Schedule on NBC along with Capital One Cup + FA Cup

German Bundesliga Games on Fox Sports 1 + 2

8/7/15 EPL Returns, MLS Darby’s, Indy 11 Home vs Ottawa Sat Night, Soccer on TV schedule

So finally league play overseas is back as the EPL (English Premier League), and Ligue 1 (French League) kick off today.  Traditionally the EPL is seen as the top International League – seen by the most fans and the most competitive major league.  Unlike the Spanish La Liga which has 2- maybe 3 good teams (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletico Madrid), Italian Serie A (Jueventus, Roma, Milan), French Ligue 1 (PSG, Lyon, NICE), and German Bundesliga (Bayern Munich, Dortman) the EPL really has 6 to 8 teams vying for a top 4 (Champions League Spot) each season along with realistically 4 to 5 teams vying for the title.  I don’t have a favorite at the top as my club Fulham Football Club (the EPL team who has played the most American’s over the last decade) was relegated 2 seasons ago and plays in the 2nd division Champions Division. In general I root for the teams with American’s on them – GK Tim Howard at Everton, GK Brad Guzan at Aston Villa, Def Geoff Cameron at Stoke City and now Right back Deandre Yedlin who just joined Tottenham.  I also have buddies who live and die by Arsenal, Liverpool, and Man U so I try to watch and give them some love as well.  Looking ahead to this season – I really think Arsenal’s addition of world class GK Petre Cech will give the Gunners and manager what they need to jump to the top this season.  I think Chelsea falls back to 2nd, while Man U with Van Gaal’s 200+ million spent will keep the Reds in 3rd.  The battle for is 4th place with Man City staying pat, Southhampton taking on Europa League play, Tottenham and young striking superstar Harry Kane looking to move up one and Liverpool – ah Liverpool  – making offseason moves a plenty in an attempt to save Brendan Roger’s job at Anfield.  Right Bill?

Man United with all the changes this summer (added Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger) and the Dea Gea saga (will the GK move to Real Madrid or not?) kicks off the season at home vs Tottenham and all-star Harry Kane at 7:45 on Sat. AM on NBCSN.  EPL games will be show on USA Network now on Sat AM’s at 10 am as well as on NBC Sports Network all morning and often on NBC at 1 pm as well.   USA will start with Everton and US keeper Tim Howard vs newly promoted Watford at 10 am on Sat, while NBCSN will show Aston Villa and US goalie Brad Guzan vs newly promoted Bournemouth at 10 am.  Sunday has Arsenal vs West Ham at 8:30 am and Liverpool hosting US international Geoff Cameron and Stoke City at 11 am on NBCSN.

MLS has added more strength as Mexican International 26 year old superstar Dos Santos has joined LA Galaxy and scored in his first game – the Galaxy will host a reeling Seattle Sounders team with Clint Dempsey that has lost 7 of their last 8 on Sunday at 4 pm on ESPN.  The New York Darby is also Sunday at 7 pm on Fox Sports 1 as the NY Red Bulls with Bradley Wright-Phillips and his younger brother Shaun hosting NYCFC and Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa.

Tuesday the winner of Champions League-Barcelona will face the winner of Europa League fellow Spanish side Sevilla at 2:30 on Fox Sports 1 with both teams expected to be at full strength (read Messi, Neymar and Suerez should be playing.)

Finally as club and high school soccer are getting back underway here in Indy, the Indy 11 will host Ottawa Sat night at 7:30 at home at the Mike.  Its Family Pack night at the Mike with 4 tix, hot dogs, sodas and chips for just $79 or $10 per ticket normal.

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The Post to Post Soccer Camp hosted by Camp Director Coach Sue Moy-Chin and CFC and Carmel High Ast Coach Carla Baker was a rousing success with a record # of campers on hand at Badger Field in Carmel.

Video- Must See Moments in Soccer last week –

http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/lionel-messi-head-butts-chokes-opponent-only-sees-yellow-card-barcelona-roma-joan-gamper-080515  Messi only gets red on

ESPN Marcotti – Around the World of Soccer – Wembley lessons, Bayern Doubts, Benitez Quiet

Wolfsburg Takes Bayern in Penalties in German Supercup

Michel Plantini Must Push for FIFA Reform – Marcotti ESPN FC

EPL

USA Adds 10 AM Sat Games to NBCSN EPL offerings

EPL Season Preview Gab Marcotti ESPN FC

6 Big Questions EPL – David Hirshey ESPN FC

Season Preview EPL  Wilson SI

10 Storylines EPL SI  Littleton SI

Predicting Final League Standings EPL – PST

New Fans of the EPL – Fans guide to picking a Team

EPL top 5 Forwards  – NBC ProSoccer Talk

EPL top 5 Goalies  NBC Pro Soccer

Brad Freidels Take on EPL podcast  SI

De Gea won’t start for United Sat? ESPN FC

Arsene finally wins one vs Mourinho – no handshake

Wilshere out with Leg Injury for the Gunners

Liverpools Rodger’s Future at stake

Young EPL Players Looking for Breakthrough – Terry Burton ESPN FC

Arsenal Season Preview

Chelsea Season Preview

Man U Season Preview

Liverpool Season Preview

Man City Season Preview

Tottenham Season Preview

Southampton Saints Preview

Everton and US Keeper Tim Howard Season Preview

US Keeper Brad Guzan – Aston Villa Season Preview

Tour of the EPL Stadiums

Full EPL Schedule on NBC along with Capital One Cup + FA Cup

MLS + Indy 11

Indy 11 lose 0-2 to Edmonton on Wed

Indy 11 Thur Musings

Indy 11 sign Ceballos from Guatemala

Family Night on Sat Night, 8/8 – $10 tickets, 4 ticket and food special for $79.

MLS Must See Moments from last Weekend

Dempsey’s return doesn’t fix Sounder’s problems

MLS has 5 teams in CCL

Power Rankings MLS

Armchair Analyst Mathew Doyle – What’s wrong in Seattle?

Altidore will find his Rhythm – Mcbride –ESPN FC

Toronto FC signs former USNT Forward Hercules Gomez

USA

Jill Ellis Agrees to New Contract to continue coaching USWNT

Has Klinsmann lost his way?  Top Drawer Soccer

USA up to 29 in world Rankings Argentina 1

Timmy Chandler Rejects club coach suggestion to quit US team

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Carmel FC DOC Paul Telfer works with the girls at the Post to Post Camp at Badger Field last week.

GAMES THIS WEEK

Fri, Aug 7

2:30 pm                   PSG vs Lille  (French)                          beIn Sports

Sat, Aug 8

7:45 am                  Man U vs Tottenham                                            NBC Sports Network

10 am                      Everton vs Watford,                              USA Network

10 am                      AFC Bournaemouth vs Aston Villa      NBCSN

12:30 pm                 Chelsea @ Swansea City                                     NBCSN

3 pm                        Nice vs Monaco                                                    beIn Sport – French

7:30 pm                   Indy 11 vs Ottawa                                  CH 8, ESPN 3

Sun, Aug 9

8:30 am                   Arsenal vs West Ham                                            NBCSN

11 am                      Stoke City vs Liverpool                       NBCSN

4 pm                        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  (Women’s -NWSL)

Monday, Aug 10

3:00 p.m.,               West Bromwich vs. Manchester City   NBCSN:

Tues, Aug 11

2:30 pm                   Barcelona vs Sevilla – UEFA Supercup              Fox Sports 1

Friday, Aug 14

2:30 pm                   Bayern Munich vs Hamburg SV           Fox Sports 2 (Germany)

2:45 p.m.,               Aston Villa vs. Manchester United      NBCSN:

Saturday, Aug 15

7:45 a.m                 Southampton vs. Everton                     NBCSN:

9:30 am                   Bayern Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim      Fox Sports 2

9:30 am                   Werder Bremen vs Schalke 04             Fox Soccer
10:00 a.m.,             TBD: Sunderland vs. Norwich City, Swansea City vs. Newcastle, Tottenham vs. Stoke City,

West Ham United vs. Leicester City, Watford vs. West Bromwich

12:30 pm                 Borussia Dortmund vs Monchengladbach  Fox Sports 2

Sunday, Aug 16

8:30 a.m.,               Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal                    NBCSN:

9:30 am                   Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt         Fox Sports 1
11:00 a.m,,             Manchester City vs. Chelsea                               NBCSN:

1:30 pm                  US Women vs Costa Rica                    Fox Sports 1

5 pm                        Seattle vs Orlando City                         ESPN 2

7 pm                        Philly Union vs Chicago Fire                              Fox Sports 1

Monday, Aug 17

3:00 p.m.,               Liverpool vs. Bournemouth                  NBCSN

Wed, Aug 19

6:30 p.m.,               US Women vs Costa Rica                    ESPN 2

Saturday, Aug 22

7:45 a.m.,               Manchester United vs. Newcastle       NBCSN:

9:30 am                   Hoffenhiem vs Bayern Munich             Fox Sports 1
10:00 a.m., TBD:   Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa, Leicester vs. Tottenham, Norwich City vs. Stoke City,

Sunderland vs. Swansea City, West Ham United vs. Bournemouth

12:30                       Hamburg vs Stuttgart                             Fox Sports 1

Sunday, Aug 23

8:30 a.m.,               West Bromwich vs. Chelsea

9:30 am                   FC Ingolstadt vs Borussia Dortmund Fox Sports 1
11:00 a.m.,             Everton vs. Manchester City                               NBCSN
11:00 a.m.,:            Watford vs. Southampton                    Extra Time

11:30 am                 Monchengladbach vs Mainz                                Fox Sports 1

3 pm                       LA Galaxy @ NYCFC                            ESPN

Monday, Aug 24

3:00 p.m.                 Arsenal vs. Liverpool                          NBCSN

Friday, Aug28

2:30 p.m.,               VfL Wolfsburg vs. Schalke 04                              Fox Sports 1

USA GAMES

Sun, Aug 16            USWNT vs Costa Rica                          Fox sports 1

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

MLS TV Schedule

Full EPL Schedule on NBC along with Capital One Cup + FA Cup

German Bundesliga Games on Fox Sports 1 + 2

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