Carmel High School
The 4th ranked Carmel High Girls face Zionsville Sat at home at Murray Stadium all at 7 pm. Saturday night is PACK THE HOUSE NIGHT- SENIOR NIGHT. Free admission if you wear your Carmel FC or Carmel Dad’s Club Jersey!!
The Eleven will be on the road Saturday at the 2nd place Pittsburg 7 pm on ESPN+ before returning home Wed night, Sept 26 vs the Tampa Bay Rowdies as the 11 present Faith and Family night. and of course discount tickets below $15 are available Click here for Discount Tickets for the Game and enter 2018 INDY as the promo code. Just 2 home games left before the playoff so get plans to catch a game before the playoffs get underway.
Ok so Champions League is back with all its glory – US youngster Christian Pulisic scored on his 20th birthday to lift Dortmund to their 1-0 win Tuesday. Liverpool won a classic over PSG (without Buffon) 3-2 as they came back and Fermino scored a wonder goal in darn near the 90th minute at home at Anfield. The usual suspects all won except the English squads of Tottenham a 1-2 loser on the road to ____ and Man City dropped their 4th UCL game in a row this one at home 2-1 to ____ as Pep watched from the stands finishing out his ban. Speaking of bans – Renaldo got a Red Card and was kicked out – his first time ever in a Champions League game – as he reacted to defender flopping by him by rubbing his head. (Red Card – I don’t think so – but they could give him a 2 game suspension – (lets hope not as Juve and Renaldo are set to play at Man United in 2 games). Mighty hard to watch the games – I got the two games each day on TNT – but watching online was tough on Univision – I got just 1 or 2 other Spanish language only options. Not sure yet how they heck to see the games but I hate it !! Daggum TNT screwing up a good thing on Fox Sports.
Former MLS Champion Toronto FC lost to Mexico’s Liga MX Champion Tigres in Wednesday Night 3-1 in the Campeones Cup game between last year’s Champions of MLS and Liga MX. Good game but Toronto just isn’t nearly as good as last year’s team. This weekend Sunday evening we get 2 teams playing for their playoff lives as Seattle hosts the LA Galaxy and Zlattan at 7 pm on FS1. Not many good games in Europe – see the full TV schedule below.
GAMES ON TV
Sat, Sept 22
7:30 am NBCSN Fulham vs Watford
9:30 am FS 1 Hoffenheim vs Dortmund (Pulisic)
10 am NBCSN Liverpool vs Southampton
12:30 pm NBC Brighton vs Tottenham
12:30 pm beIN Sport Gatafe vs Atletico Madrid
12:30 pm Fox Soccer Schalke (McKinney) vs Bayern Munich
2:45 pm beIN Sport Espanol vs Real Madrid
7:30 pm ESPN+ Columbus Crew vs Colorado
7 pm eSPN+ Pittsburg vs Indy 11
Sun, Sept 23
8:30 am NBCSN West Ham vs Chelsea
9:30 am FS 1 Bayern Leverkusen vs Mainz
11 am NBCSN Arsenal vs Everton
12 noon FS1 Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig
1 pm ESPN Philly Union vs Sporting KC
2:45 pm beinSport Barcelona vs Girona
7 pm FS1 LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders
7 pm ESPN+ Vancuover vs Dallas (Matt Hedges)
Weds, Sept 26
7 pm myIndytv Indy 11 vs Tampa Bay Rowdies
8 pm ESPN+ DC United vs Min United
Thurs, Oct 11
7:30 pm FSI USA vs Colombia (Tampa)
Thurs, Nov 15
3 pm ESPN2 England vs USA (Wembley)
Sat, Nov 20
3 pm ESPN2 Italy vs USMNT
USA & MLS
September is Youth Soccer Month
Get Your Tickets to be with the BYB
The Boys in Blue get a week-long rest after a 22-day, 7 game stretch. The BYB will be following the team for two away games this month. For those who cheer the team on from Indiana, there will be watch parties and home games to get your beautiful game fix. 9/26 v Tampa Bay Rowdies (7pm) is Faith & Family Night. Don’t wait, get your BYBTIX today. It is also the evening for us to celebrate the original live mascot, Loki/Victorio. Watch for more information as the date approaches.
9/22 Sat 7 pm watch party v Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Union Jack in Broad Ripple ~watch for the BYB as we drown out the Puddle Poodle fans with our traveling crew.
9/26 Wed 7 pm Indy 11 vs Tampa Bay Rowdies Home
WATCH: Christian Pulisic Scores Champions League Game-Winner on 20th Birthday
American soccer sensation Christian Pulisic scored an absurd (and sort of accidental) game-winning goal in the Champions League on his 20th birthday.Pulisic netted the only goal of the match in the 85th minute for Dortmund, giving BVB a 1-0 win over Belgium’s Club Brugge. Pulisic, who came off the bench in his return to action after a muscular injury, provided the energy manager Lucien Favre was seeking, as he pressured the defense on a clearance attempt and blocked it with his shin. The ball looped over the goalkeeper and under the bar for the strike that wound up being the game-winner and the second Champions League goal of Pulisic’s burgeoning career.The match was also Pulisic’s 100th career appearance with Dortmund, and the win helped BVB keep pace with Atletico Madrid–a 2-1 winner over Monaco–atop Group A in the Champions League.
Tigres trump Toronto as Reds’ woeful 2018 continues in Campeones Cup
Sep 19, 2018Arch Bell
Here are three points on Tigres’ 3-1 Campeones Cup win over Toronto FC on Wednesday at BMO Field.
- Tigres’ quality rises to the surface
You could say that this was a classic Tigres performance. First there was a feeling-out period, and then once the weaknesses were properly identified, Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s men went to work.The lack of communication on a Toronto FC back line consisting of Nick Hagglund, Michael Bradley and Eriq Zavaleta played right into Tigres’ hands. The Mexican side used the wings to great effect, and it was from the left flank that Jesus Duenas scored the first of his two goals. His run was timed to perfection, catching Gregory van der Wiel and Zavaleta flat-footed, and there was only so much Bradley could do as Duenas finished with aplomb past Alex Bono. It wasn’t like Tigres were bombarding the TFC goal in the first half. Before the Duenas goal, the only real chance was Eduardo Vargas firing wide after a Hagglund giveaway and a pair of testing free kicks that evoked memories of Bono’s Champions League final first-leg gaffe against Chivas.Star striker Andre-Pierre Gignac wasn’t even that effective, but the class and quality of the men in yellow, combined with Toronto’s vulnerable back line, would bear out. That was evidenced by the Reds’ failure to clear a corner kick, which played right into Duenas’ wheelhouse, and Bono had no chance to save the right-footed rocket.
The brace was just reward for Duenas, a player who quietly has been a consistent performer throughout Tigres’ recent run of titles. It also must be pretty nice for Ferretti to look down at his bench and see the likes of Enner Valencia or Jurgen Damm available to play, and it was pressure from the former that eventually led to the Zavaleta own goal that put the nail in Toronto’s coffin.
- Toronto’s season in a nutshell
This match pretty much summed up 2018 for Toronto FC.A defense that was so solid last season — 37 regular-season goals conceded — has been leaky throughout 2018, giving up 55 goals thus far in MLS. That played out on Wednesday night for Greg Vanney’s squad, as the lack of defensive solidity reared its head, and a team as talented as Tigres was simply not going to let that go unpunished.It was ball-watching on the first Duenas goal and a failure to clear lines on Duenas’ sizzling second, and then the Zavaleta own goal was the perfect capper to what was a miserable evening.It was also the same old story on the injury front for Toronto. Truth be told, when Sebastian Giovinco had to leave the field late in the first half, TFC’s comeback chances were slim to none, even with the scoreline just 1-0.The Italian served up the two corner kicks that led to TFC’s best chances in the first half: a mis-hit Hagglund header and a Jay Chapman header that hit the crossbar. Without Giovinco on the field, Jozy Altidore was ineffective.If there was one positive to be taken for Vanney, it was the late spurt once Tosaint Ricketts came on for Altidore, but it was never going to be enough against a Tigres team well steeled in winning finals.
- The Pizarro difference
While Ferretti rolled out a starting XI that featured many of the same names from last spring’s CONCACAF Champions League clashes, there was one notable difference: Guido Pizarro. The Argentine plays a crucial role for the Felinos in defensive midfield, but he wasn’t on the field back in March. After four years in Monterrey from 2013-17, Pizarro spent the 2017-18 season with Sevilla before returning to Liga MX in June.Pizarro was a huge part of those 2015 and 2016 Aperture-winning sides, plus he helped Tigres reach two Champions League finals and a Copa Libertadores final. This is all to point out that Pizarro handles his duties extremely well and always seems to deliver in big games for Ferretti.Wednesday night was no different. Sitting in front of Tigres’ defense, Pizarro ensured that Toronto FC barely got a whiff of Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman in open play. The fluidity that Toronto showed in the first leg last March was nowhere to be found. One has to wonder, if Pizarro had been on the field six months ago, perhaps things would have been different.
The “Boys in Blue” to take on Riverhounds SC for the third time in 2018
Indy Eleven Gameday & Match Preview
Indy Eleven at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – #PGHvIND
Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 7:00 P.M. EST
Highmark Stadium – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ESPN+
WEEK 28: DOWN TO THE LAST FIVE MATCHES
Indy Eleven’s inaugural 2018 USL season dwindles down to its last five games, as the “Boys in Blue” take on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in both team’s third matchup of the season. Only five points separate the two sides, who’ve drawn both matches they’ve played against each other this season.Indy Eleven (12W-8L-9D) remain fifth in the Eastern Conference with 45 points after suffering their first loss since going nine games undefeated. Penn FC scored the lone goal in a 1-0 defeat in the 57th minute. The “Boys in Blue” conceded their 34th goal to Penn FC midfielder Paulo Junior, after a shot from the right side of the 18-yard box deflected off Indy goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams’ hand and into the net. Leading goal scorers and forwards Jack McInerney (9) and Eugene Starikov (5) were unable to add to their tally. “Indiana’s Team’s” road record drops to 5W-4L-5D after the defeat. Indy has scored and conceded 14 goals on the road in 2018.Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (13W-4L-11D) are currently third in the Eastern Conference with 50 points after a late comeback led to a 2-2 draw against Louisville City FC. A Louisville City own goal got the comeback started in the 86th minute. Five minutes later, forward and Captain Kenardo Forbes leveled the game with a spot kick and his third goal of the season. Leading goal scorer and forward Neco Brett (14) was unable to find the back of the net in the draw. Pittsburgh goalkeeper Daniel Lynd couldn’t add another clean sheet to the 11 he’s tallied in 2018. Pittsburgh returns home, where they possess an 8W-2L-6D record.A victory against Pittsburgh would mean Indy would be victorious in the series, as either side is yet to defeat the other.
INDY ELEVEN PLAYER TO WATCH: FW JACK MCINERNEY
The last time Indy Eleven faced Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, late theatrics from forward Jack McInerney rescued a point for the “Boys in Blue”. McInerney scored a brace in the last fixture against Riverhounds SC. One of those goals came in the 94th minute, when he clinically finished a ball played in by midfielder Ben Speas.McInerney has been the forward in form as of late. He leads “Indiana’s Team” in scoring with nine goals total, six of which came in the last 10 games. The 26-year-old will need to find that form again against the toughest defense in the Eastern Conference if the “Boys in Blue” are to come home with three points.
PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SC PLAYER TO WATCH: FW CHRISTIANO FRANÇOIS
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC forward Christiano François hasn’t been the star forward for the Riverhounds, but has positively impacted games in a quiet manner. The forward has only found the back of the net four times during the 2018 season, but has found a way to impact games when his team needs him most.For example, in Indy Eleven’s second fixture against Pittsburgh, François played in a perfectly weighted free kick that found the head of teammate Joseph Greenspan to level the game at one. Francois also scored the goal that gave Riverhounds SC a 2-1 lead in the 59th minute, when Brett was having a quiet night. The odds of Brett having another quiet night are most likely low, but if he does, François will be there to pick up the slack.
MAtcUP TO MARK: INDY DEFENSE VS. PITTSBURGH DEFENSE
Indy will face Riverhounds SC at Highmark Stadium in Pennsylvania, where the Riverhounds have only conceded six times on their way to an 8W-2L-6D home record. The Pennsylvania team has conceded a total of 19 goals in 2018, the least of any USL side and earned 15 clean sheets, the most of any USL side. Despite the solid record defensively, the side’s defense has been trending downward lately.In the first 23 games of the season, Pittsburgh conceded 11 goals and earned 15 clean sheets. In the last five games, they’ve conceded eight goals and kept zero clean sheets, the worst of any five game stretch in 2018. The Riverhounds also conceded more than one goal only three times in their first 23 games. The Quaker State side has equaled that number in the last five, allowing two goals a total of three times. One of the games where Riverhounds allowed more than one goal was in the Week 25 matchup against Indy Eleven.This is good news for Indy head coach Martin Rennie. It means his streaking offense should be able to break down the Riverhounds back line. Rennie will still need to be careful defensively though. Riverhounds SC has scored 22 of their 38 goals at home in 2018. They also possess the third highest goal scorer in the Eastern Conference in forward Neco Brett and the man with the fourth most assists in the East in midfielder Kenardo Forbes.Rennie will need to make sure his backline is tactically sound to stop Pittsburgh. Indy started the season with one of the strongest road records, keeping four clean sheets and allowing only one team to score in their first five road matches. In the last five road matches, the “Boys in Blue” have kept two clean sheets and allowed four goals.
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