So its back to the normal schedules in Europe this weekend after some compelling Champions League Round 1 games this past week. Chelsea vs Arsenal leads to pack on Sat at 7:45 am on NBCSN as Arsene Wenger looks for his first win vs nemeses Mourinho and Chelsea. Defending champion’s Chelsea stand just 2 points away from 18th place and the relegation zone 3 games into the season while Leicester City has surprisingly jumped to 2nd – I’ll be watching NBC extra this Sat as they take on US International Geoff Cameron and the Potters of Stoke City Sat at 10 am. US Backup keeper Timmy Howard and Everton have climbed to 7th in the table as they face Swansea at Goodison park at 10 am on Sat on NBCSN.
Interesting results in the Round 1 games of Group play in Champions League this week as all the England teams except Chelsea lost their openers. Especially shocking was Man City allowing last season’s finalist Juventus and goalkeeper extraordinaire Gigi Buffon to come from behind and score 2 late goals to beat them at home. Round 2 action in 10 days see schedule below.
The US Men have named their preliminary squad for the Title bout with Mexico, Oct 10 – no surprises on the roster though it is good to see crazy haired Kyle Beckerman and MLS leading assist man Lee Nguyen back on the rosters. Meanwhile the US ladies continue to pound everyone they play – Carli Lloyd scored the hat-trick against Haiti in the 6-0 win – they play again Sunday at 2:30 on ESPN 2.
Locally Butler and former Carmel High keeper Eric Dick had 5 fabulous saves in the 2nd half and overtime as the Dogs tied #22 Indiana U 2-2 Wed night as a packed house watched at the Butler bowl. Butler opens Big East league play next Sat vs ranked Villanova. IU faces Rutgers Sunday on the Big 10 Network at 3 pm. Right after that its over to ESPN Sunday 5 pm for Portland vs the New York Red Bulls in Portland. The Timbers always pack the house and the buzzing of the Chainsaw cutting the huge log on the sidelines after goals is among the greatest spectacles in Soccer. The Indy 11 also return this Saturday night vs Edmonton FC 7:30 pm at the Mike and on TV – Ch 8.
Carmel High School Pack the House Night Boys vs Columbus North – Fri, Oct 2 JV 6:30, V – 8 pm at Murray Stadium-
Carmel FC and Carmel Dad’s Club Kids get in FREE with Jersey’s on!
Carmel FC U8 Girls serve as Ballgirls at State #1 Ranked Carmel High School’s game. The Carmel Ladies currently ranked 6th in the US – host US 23rd ranked Noblesville on Mon, travel to # _ ranked Zionsville Thursday and host Westfield next Mon, Sept 28th for Senior Night at Murray Stadium. While the CHS Boys host Cathedral on Thursday.
EPL and World Leagues
MLS +Indy 11+ Local College
Octoberfest Promo for Sept 19 home game vs FC Edmonton tix just $10.
Champions League Results Round 1
US Prelim Team for USA vs Mexico on Oct 10
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: Ventura Alvarado (Club América), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Aron Jóhannsson (Werder Bremen), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
GAMES THIS WEEK
Sat, Sept 19
7:45 am Chelsea vs Arsenal NBC Sports Network
9:30 am Wolfsburg vs Hertha Fox Sports 2, GOL TV
9:30 am Darmstadt 98 vs Bayern Munich Fox Sports 1
10 am Swansea vs Everton NBC Sports Network
10 am Stoke City vs Leicester City NBC Sports Extra
10 am Real Madrid vs Granada beIn Sports
11:30 am Reims vs PSG (Fr) beIn Sports
12:30 pm Man City vs Westham NBC Sports Network
7:30 pm Indy 11 vs FC Edmonton CH 8, ESPN 3
Sun, Sept 20
8:30 am Sunderland vs Tottenham NBCSN
11 am Southampton vs Man U NBCSN
11 am Liverpool vs Norwich City USA Network, Live Extra
11:30 am Borussian Dortmund vs Bayer Leverk Fox Sports 2
2:30 pm US Ladies vs Haiti ESPN 2
2:30 pm Barcelona vs Levante beIn Sport
5 pm Portland vs NY Red Bulls ESPN
7 pm Philly vs Houston Fox Sports 1
Tues, Sept 22
2 pm Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg Fox Sports 1
Wed, Sept 23
2 pm B Dortmund vs Hoffenheim Fox Sports 1
Sat, Sept 26
7:45 am Tottenham vs Man City NBC Sports Network
10 am Liverpool vs Aston Villa NBC Sports Extra
10 am Arsenal vs Leicester City NBC Sports Extra?
Sun, Sept 27
11 am Watford vs Cyrstal Palace NBCSN
5 pm Sporting KC @ Seattle ESPN
7 pm San Jose vs Real Salt Lake Fox Sports 1
9:30 pm LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas Fox Sports 1
Mon, Sept 28
3 pm West Brom vs Everton NBCSN
Tuesday, September 29
UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
2:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1: Barcelona vs. Bayer Leverkusen
2:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2: Arsenal vs. Olympiakos
2:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net affiliates: Porto vs. Chelsea
2:35 p.m., Fox Soccer 2 Go: BATE Borisov vs. Roma, Bayern Munich vs. Dinamo Zagreb, Lyon vs. Valencia, Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Dynamo Kiev, Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Gent
Wednesday, September 30
UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
2:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1: Manchester United vs. VfL Wolfsburg
2:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2: Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Manchester City
2:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net affiliates: Malmö FF vs. Real Madrid
2:35 p.m., Fox Soccer 2 Go: Atlético Madrid vs. Benfica, CSKA Moscow vs. PSV Eindhoven, Juventus vs. Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Thur, Oct 1
9:30 pm Seattle Reign vs FC KC NWSL Womens Champ Fox Sports 1
Sat, Oct 3
10 am New Castle vs Man City NBC Sports Network
10 am Stoke vs Aston Villa NBC Sports Extra
12:30 Chelsea vs Southhampton NBC Sports Network?
Sun, Oct 4
7:30 am Tottenham vs Liverpool NBCSN
10 am Everton vs Man United NBCSN
10 am Chelsea vs Aston Villa NBC sports Extra?
5 pm Sporting KC @ Seattle ESPN
Sun, Sept 20 USWNT vs Haiti ESPN 2 (Birmingham)
Sat, Oct 10 USMNT vs Mexico – Fox Sports 1 – Confed Cup Playoff
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