10/15/15 US U23s Advance to Playoff, USMNT loses again, Carmel Regionals Tonite, MLS Playoff Picture, Champions League Next Tues/Wed.

So you can tell since I am leading off with the U23’s that I don’t have much to say about the USMNT performance vs Costa Rica after the huge loss to Mexico. My mom taught me long ago if you don’t have something good to say – don’t say anything.  Listen at this point the way this USMNT team is playing – we might not even qualify for the World Cup with the German in charge.  Great to hear the U23s beat Canada to advance to a 2 game playoff with Colombia for an Olympic birth.  I would think the US will call back U23 players like John Brooks, Deandre Yedlin and of course Morris to help in those games vs Colombia next March but we’ll see.  Meanwhile the US men need to figure out something before WC qualifiers begin next month as we look ahead to the Copa America (lets hope in the US next summer).

League play returns in Europe this weekend with a new boss in charge at Liverpool as they face Tottenham Sat 7:45 pm, a matchup for Tim Howard and Everton at Man U @ 10 am both on NBCSN Sat AM. Sunday has Inter @ Juve at 2:45 pm on beIn Sport ahead of a pair of solid MLS matchups with Houston vs Seattle at 5 pm on ESPN and LA @ Portland @ 7 pm on Fox Sports 1 – both these games with huge playoff implications in MLS.  Closer to home the Indy 11 are home again this weekend and next for their last 2 games this year.  Its Christian Nicht bobblehead night this Sat night – 7:30 pm at the Mike – also on Ch 8 and ESPN3.

So Euro Qualifying became quite exciting on the last 2 days and teams jockeyed and battled for those last coveted spots along with the playoff slots for the Euro 2016 in France next summer.  The Netherlands losing and being knocked out was quite a shock at the Finalist and Semi-finalist for the last 2 world cups faltered without Arien Robben-who was hurt. Great to see newcomers like Iceland, Northern Ireland and Wales make the finals – while the playoffs for the final 4 slots – next month continue with four seeded teams (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Hungary, Ukraine and Sweden), against Ireland, Norway, Denmark and Slovenia.


Locally the Carmel High Men’s Soccer team took the Sectional Championship for the 3rd straight year and head to Regionals at North Central vs Brebeuf tonight at 7 pm.  Brownsburg plays Lawrence North at 5 pm with the Regional Championship Sat at 2 pm.  In girls play Zionsville (who beat Avon in OT) will host Brebeuf on Sat at 10 am in the Sectional Finals while Fishers faces Marion at 1 pm at Logansport.  Mt Vernon will host Centergrove in 1A.

Congrats to the Carmel FC U11 Girl’s Teams under the overall direction of Coach Mark Stumpf won all 3 Division Championships at Zionsville’s Socctoberfest this past weekend.


Carmel FC U11 Gold Team won the 2nd division. Coach’s Mark Stumpf on left and Scott Prince on right.


Carmel FC U11 Blue Team won the 3rd Division – coaches Erik Barrett and Matt Uber on left and Mike Upton on the right. The Blue team also went undefeated in ISL League play this fall.


Carmel FC U11 Girls White Team won the 4th division, coach Rene Moyer on the left and Beth Leffler on the right.

US Soccer

US U23s Advance to 3rd Place Playoff with Colombia for Olympics Spot –SI

US beats Canada to advance to playoff Luviu Bird – SI

USA lays an Egg vs Costa Rica ESPN FC

How to Fix US Soccer- Grant Wahl SI

US loses to Costa Rica too – SI

How US lost to Mexico – Liviu Bird SI

US at Crossroads with the German

http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015/10/12/jurgen-klinsmann-fabian-johnson-usa-costa-rica-friendly  Fabian Johnson club says he’s injured

Mexico Player Ratings –American Soccer Now

Why Bobby Wood Deserves to Start for US

Thoughts after US loss to Costa Rica

Time to Bring In New Players

More Problems Armchair Analyst MLS.com

MLS + Indy 11

This Magical play by Giovinco puts Toronto in Playoffs for 1st Time EVER – SI

Playoff Picture MLSPlayoff Picture in the MLS \

How Teams Qualify for 16/17 Champ League

MLS Table

Musings after Indy 11 lost to San Antonio -1-2.

Fall Festival and bobblehead night – Oct 17th vs Minn United @ the Mike Kristian Nicht bobblehead dol

Cory Miller on Team of Week NASL

EUR0 2016 Qualifications

Teams qualified for Euro 2016
France (host) Spain
Italy England
Czech Republic Austria
Iceland Portugal
Wales Switzerland
Romania Albania
Germany Poland
Russia Slovakia
Croatia Turkey
Northern Ireland Belgium

Have the Dutch forgotten how to play soccer?  Open Letter to the Dutch – Marcotti ESPN FC

Dutch must start over

Wales Gets in dispite loss

Zlatan – Euro2016 without Me Unimaginable

Lewandowski and Poland end Scotland Dreams

Night to Remember as Ireland stuns Germany



Chelsea’s Mourinho suspended 1 match

Man City needs New players to step up

6 EPL Starters on all Euro Qualifying Team

Liverpool Ings out 6 months with ACL

Champions League

Bayern Fans complain about high prices at Emirates

Casillas wants Porto to Draw Real Madrid

Man U Martial thinks Man can win EPL and UCL


Saturday, 10/17

7:45am                    Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool                                          NBCSN,

9:30 am                   Schalke 04 vs Hertha BSC                                                     Fox Sports 2 USA,

9:30 am                   Werder Bremen vs Bayern München                            Fox Sports 1

10 am          Chelsea vs Aston Villa                                                             USA Network

10 am                      Everton vs Manchester United                                                NBCSN

10 am                      Real Madrid vs Levante                                                           beIN Sports USA,

12:30 pm                Watford vs Arsenal                                                                  NBC

2:30 pm                  Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano                                                  beIN Sports USA,

7:30 pm                  Indy 11 vs Min United                                                            Ch 8, ESPN3

Sunday, 10/18

9:30 am                   Köln vs Hannover 96                        Fox Sports 2

11 am                      Newcastle vs Norwich                                                              NBCSN

2:45 pm                   Internazionale vs Juventus                                                     beIN Sports USA,

5 pm                        Houston vs Seattle Sounders                                                  ESPN

7 pm                        LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers                                   fox Sports 1

Monday, 10/19

3 pm                        Swansea vs Stoke City                                                             NBCSN

TUESDAY, 10/20

2:45pm BATE vs Barcelona ESPN Deportes TV, Fox Sports 2
2:45pm Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma ESPN2, ESPN3, Fox Socce…
2:45pm Arsenal vs Bayern München Fox Sports 1 USA,
2:45pm Dinamo Zagreb vs Olympiakos Piraeus ESPN3,
2:45pm Porto vs Maccabi Tel Aviv ESPN3,
2:45pm Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea ESPN3
2:45pm Zenit vs Olympique Lyonnais ESPN3,
2:45pm Valencia vs Gent ESPN3
10:00 p.m., Real Salt Lake vs. Municipal   Fox Sports 2:
UEFA Champions League
Wed, Oct 21
2:45pm Juventus vs Borussia M’gladbach ESPN2,
2:45pm PSG vs Real Madrid Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes
2:45pm CSKA Moskva vs Manchester United Fox Sports 2 USA,
2:45pm Manchester City vs Sevilla Fox Sports Net
2:45pm Malmö FF vs Shakhtar Donetsk ESPN3,
2:45pm Wolfsburg vs PSV ESPN3,
2:45pm Atlético Madrid vs Astana ESPN3,
2:45pm Galatasaray vs Benfica ESPN3,
10:00 p.m., Comunicaciones vs. Los Angeles Galaxy Fox Soccer Plus/ Univision Deportes:
10:00 p.m., ESPN2: United States women vs. Brazil (at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.)

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