Wow what a week so far – for the underdogs – first Chelsea comes back from 2-nil down to shock Tottenham launching 5000-1 odds against Leicester City to winning the EPL Championship. Listen this would be like the Indy Indians winning the World Series in baseball. Its honestly the biggest upset in perhaps in the history of sport – not just soccer or the English Premier League. Anyway congrats Foxes – bandwagon Shane has put my order in for Leicester Jersey baby !
Turning to Champions League – unbelievable drama at Alliance Stadium in Germany as Bayern Munich could not overcome the deficit and loss on away goals to Atletico. Simeone and Atleti were brilliant with their counterattacking style again bringing down giants of football back to back in Barcelona then Bayern. Real Madrid moves into its 2nd final in 3 years and a second match-up against city rival Atletico Madrid in Milan, Italy on May 28 on Fox. In Europa action – Liverpool used the home field of Anfield again this time to put up a 3-0 mark on Villareal as they advance to the finals vs Sevilla who will be making their 3rd straight appearance. Finally its Carmel FC Night at the Indy 11 game this Sat Night at up at the Mike 8 pm – make plans to be there!
GAMES ON TV
Saturday, May 7
7:45 am NBCSN Norwich vs Man United
10 am USA Sunderland vs Chelsea
10 am NBCSN Aston Villa vs Newcastle
10 am Extra time Crystal Palace vs Stoke City, West Ham vs Swansea
8 pm Ch 8 Indy 11 vs FC Edmonton
Sunday, May 8
8:30 am NBCSN Tottenham vs Southampton
11 am NBCSN Man City vs Arsenal
11 am Extra Time Liverpool vs Watford
3:30 pm ESPN LA Galaxy vs New England Revs
7:30 pm fox Sports 1 DC United vs NY City FC
Tues, May 10
2:45 pm NBCSN West Ham vs Man United
Wed, May 11
3 pm NBCSN Liverpool vs Chelsea
Sat, May 21
12 noon Fox FA Cup Final
2:30 pm Fox NYC FC vs NY Red Bulls
Wed, May 25
8 pm United States men vs. Ecuador, international friendly
Sat, May 28
FS1 United States men vs. Bolivia, international friendly
Fri, June 3 COPA AMERICA 100
9:30 pm Fox Sports1 USA vs Columbia
Tues, June 7
8 pm Fox Sports 1 USA vs Costa Rica – Solider Field – Tix Available!
Fri, June 10 European Cup
3 pm ESPN France vs Romania
COPA AMERICA 100 –GAMES IN CHICAGO – still seats left for USA Game , Argentina game and Semi-Finals.
International Champions Cup – ICC – @ Chicago – Bayern Munich vs AC Milan Soldier Field Wed 7/27 @ 8 pm Tix still available $35 to $135
Congrats to a Bunch of Carmel FC Teams that Excelled at Red Lion last weekend !
U16 Boys Coaches Jeff Oberndorfer (Lft) and Mike Pickard (Rt)
U13 Girls Blue – Coaches Carla Baker, Jim Hawkins, and Cathy Gregory (not pictured)
U11 boys Gold Coaches Doug Latham (Rt) and Jeremy Slivinski (Left)
U10 boys Gold Coaches Joshua Mason (left) and Curt Nielsen (Rt)
U10 Girls Gold and Blue -Ft. Wayne Shoot for the Cure Champions Coaches Andy Martin and
EPL and World Leagues
Here’s the Video from Vardy’s house
Bob Bradley – Champions League is every coaches Dream currently 4th in League 2 France
Indy 11 & NASL
Soccer Camps – Boys and Girls -Ages 6 – 14
Ok so its almost Summer Camp time – below are some nice options for Soccer Camps this summer
Post2Post GOALKEEPER – Soccer Camp – May 31-June 3 – 9 am till 3 pm
CFC and Carmel High Coach Carla Baker – former National Team Goalie for Canada will run her annual GK camp June 1-4 9 am to 3 pm $195 each @ Badger Field
Indy 11 Soccer Camp June 20-23 — 9 am till 12 noon Ages 5-14 $135 @ Badger Fields
Kick in the Grass – 3 v 3 Soccer Tour at Badger Field July 9th
Goal2Gol Soccer Camp
CHS Men’s Head Coach Shane Schmidt, a former U-20 US National Team player, runs his annual camp from 9 am to 2 pm July 11-16. $150 before 6/30 @ River Road Fields.
Post2Post Soccer Camp
Former Pittsburgh Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin and Former Iowa Coach Carla Baker run their annual field player camp for players of all abilities July 25-28 — 9 am to 3 pm $195 each @ Badger
Tim Howard to receive two-match Goodison Park curtain call
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard was ousted from theEverton starting spot in February after injuries and bad form handed the role to Joel Robles. Now that the club legend has announced his signing with the Colorado Rapids, effective in July, he’s getting two more matches in front of his beloved fans.Toffees manager Roberto Martinez announced on Friday that Howard will be given the start in the club’s final two home matches at Goodison Park of the season while Joel Robles will handle the final two away matches.“In our last two home games of the season we will be able to honor and acknowledge the outstanding contribution and unforgettable role that Tim Howard has made to our football club in the last 10 seasons,” said Everton manager Roberto Martinez.”Tim will be joining Colorado Rapids at the end of the season but his legacy will live on for many years in the work that he’s done not just on the pitch but in helping young players to understand just what it means and what it takes to be an Everton player. We wish him well and he’ll be a true blue ambassador wherever he is.”
It’s a classy move by Everton and Martinez and a logical move. Things haven’t gone well Howard this season, but he’s been a valuable and loyal member of the club for the past decade. Giving him one final send off on the field in front of the fans in something all parties involved deserve.
All-American Clint Dempsey nearing the end with the USMNT
Copa America Centenario could be the last major international tournament for the 33-year-old.
By Aaron WestFOX SoccerMay 5, 2016 at 1:00p ET
It seems as if Clint Dempsey’s been around forever. Maybe that’s because he has been around for 12 years. Or maybe it’s because he’s been a star for nearly as long. Or maybe it’s because he rapped. But probably more than anything, it’s because he was spectacularly ambitious and unquestionably tough in an era when that was rare for an American player.Now at 33 years old, Copa America Centenario might be the last major international tournament he will play for the U.S.Dempsey made his full debut for the USMNT in 2004 and has since not only scored 49 goals for the Yanks, but also established himself as one of the greatest players in American history. Landon Donovan may be the most talented player we’ve ever seen in a U.S. shirt, but Clint Dempsey is perhaps the most quintessentially American to turn out for the Stars and Stripes.Growing up in Texas, Dempsey was a star for the Dallas Texans, whose illustrious alumni includes current national teamers Brek Shea, Omar Gonzalez and Lee Nguyen. But playing for the Texans wasn’t so easy for Dempsey, who lived in little Nagodoches and had to drive hours to and from training each day. Money was also a problem and at one point Dempsey had to quit soccer because of financial constraints.Tragedy also struck the Dempsey family when Clint was 12 years old. His 16-year-old sister Lindsey, a standout tennis star, died from a brain aneurysm. But that didn’t stop Dempsey, who later attributed much of his success on the pitch to his faith and a renewed determination to succeed after his sister’s death.That determination is Dempsey’s trademark for the USMNT. While his fellow American star Donovan always appeared the more naturally skilled player, ghosting past defenders with subtle feints, stepovers and flicks, Dempsey was his polar opposite. The Texan shouldering past, nay, through defenders, never shy to toss an elbow or two to protect himself from more physical opponents. Donovan was the unique character, sensitive and sometimes uncomfortable in his stardom, there was never any doubt that Dempsey was a stereotypical American, tough and too single-minded to give a you-know-what about what people said.In the words of Bruce Arena, “he tries [expletive].”Dempsey made it into MLS in 2004 from Furman, a small liberal arts college in South Carolina. And he left MLS in 2007 for then-Premier League club Fulham to become the league’s most expensive export at the time. He starred there, then tested himself at Tottenham. Whether things went well or not, and there were hard times at every step, Dempsey was never afraid to step outside of his comfort zone. There were no “what ifs” with him. He always aimed higher, to the next club, the next stage, or even simply by trying to nutmeg a defender when most Americans defaulted to the “safe play.”In 2013, Dempsey returned to MLS and join the Seattle Sounders on a Designated Player contract. A position that made him the captain, leader and backbone of a team for the first time.Now he’s in the twilight of his career. Still good, but for how much longer? No one knows, but he won’t go out quietly. He will claw every last bit he can out of his career, just like he has every single day so far.
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