5/21/21 Indy 11 Home 7 pm, Closing Day-EPL, Italy, Spain Top 4 up for Grabs Sat/Sun, US Roster Announced, American’s win trophies

Indy 11

The Indy 11 returns to the Mike with a huge matchup vs Kansas City II on Saturday night at  7 pm on My Indy TV and ESPN+ Limited Tickets are still available visit here !!  

    PREVIEW | INDY ELEVEN HOSTS SPORTING KANSAS CITY II FOR RACING INDY NIGHT

GAMES to WATCH This Week

So we have reached the final weekend and final games of the season for England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France and Championships are still up for Grabs in Spain and top 4 Champions League and Top 6 Europa League spots are up for grabs in England, Italy, France and GermanyStarting in the EPL For the American’s Pulisic and Chelsea must win their final road game at Aston Villa on Sunday at 11 am on USA Network to finish top 5.  Same for Liverpool hosting Crystal Palace at 11 am on NBC– win and they are in.  Leicester City need losses or ties by Chelsea or Liverpool to jump into the top 4 Champions League spots when they host Tottenham at 11 am on NBCSN.  The glorious day of win and stay in continues in Italy Sunday at US Mid Weston McKinney (fresh off having the Winning assist in the Italian Cup Final Wed) will need to help Renaldo, Buffon and Juventus win at Bologna at 2:45 pm and hope that AC Milan loses or ties at Atalanta or Napoli loses or ties at home to Verona (doubtful). All the games simultantanous on ESPN+ at 2:45 pm on Sunday.  Of course Saturday Spain gives us the battle for 1st as Atletico Madrid travel to Real Valladolid at 12 noon – while Real Madrid hosts Villarreal.  Real Madrid will need to outdo Atletico so win and have Atletico draw or lose for them to take the title.  Finally Saturday at 1 pm on ESPN+ American Forward Daryll Dike of Orlando FC on loan to Barnsley needs to beat Swansea City on the road by 2 goals for a chance to make the EPL next season. The 100 Million dollar game !!

USMNT Team Announced for Switzerland Game Sun May 30 at 2 pm on ESPN

McKennie, Dest lead USMNT vs. Switzerland as Pulisic and Steffan will be in Porto for the Champions League Final – good problem to have eh?  Oh and congrats to Weston McKinney for becoming the first American to win an Italian Cup with Juve this Wed – his assist scored the game Winner!  Legendary GK Gigi Buffon, 43, earned his 28th trophy in his last season with Juve. 

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 4/0), Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; 0/0), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (10): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 40/3), Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 14/0), Justin Che (Bayern Munich/GER; 0/0), Sergino Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 7/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 2/0), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht/BEL; 21/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 42/1), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 1/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 10/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 62/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 27/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 12/1), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 15/4), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 20/6), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 21/6), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 4/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 9/0)

FORWARDS: (7): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 4/2), Daryl Dike (Barnsley/ENG; 2/0), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke/GER; 0/0), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 4/2), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 13/5), Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys/SUI; 2/0), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 10/1)

Champions League – 2 Americans in Final –Saturday May 30th 3 pm on CBS

So we will now have an American – in fact 2 American’s (Pulisic and Man City’s Backup goalie Zach Steffan) in a Champions Leaague final for the first time ever.  This is the Superbowl of Soccer – top 2 teams in the world – and we have a chance for an American to start and possibly score in the biggest club game in Soccer on May 29th on CBS.  Oh and the job Tuechel has done at Chelsea (other than not starting Pulisic EVERY GAME) has been brilliant.  In 3 short months he has made Chelsea a defensive jugernaght and coaxed some semblance of offense out of team that was just average for former manager Frank Lampard.   Interesting match-up with Man City who will be playing for their first ever title.  Here’s a little history on the

Heartbreak city for The Indiana Hoosiers who got to the national Championship game before falling to Marshall in Overtime in the Final.    

GAMES ON TV

Sat, May 22

7:30 am ET ESPN+          Brentford 0 v Bournemouth  1 Championship Playoffs
9:30 am ESPN+           Dortmund (Reyna) vs Beyer Leverkusen

9:30 am ESPN+                  Bayern Munich vs Ausburg – Champ Celebration  

12 noon beIN Sport   Real Madrid vs Villarreal

12 noon beIN Sport+ Real Valladolid vs Atletico Madrid

1:30 pm ET ESPN+         Swansea City 1 v Barnsley (Dike) 0 — Championship Playoffs

3:30 pm ABC               LA Galaxy vs Portland

7  pm ESPN+, Myindy TV      Indy 11 vs Sporting KC

7 pm Paramount+             North Carolina Courage vs Orlando Pride (Morgan) NWSL

Sun, May 23

11 am USA Network  Aston Villa vs Chelsea (Pulisic) EPL battle for top 4

11 am NBC                 Liverpool vs Crystal Palace  EPL battle for top 4

11 am NBCSN             Leicester City vs Tottenham EPL battle for top 4

2:45 pm ESPN+                 Bologna vs Juventus (McKinney)  -Italy top 4

2:45 pm ESPN+                 Atalanta vs AC Milan  -Italy top 4

2:45 pm ESPN+                 Napoli vs Hellas Verona -Italy top 4

3 pm Fox                     Seattle Sounders vs Atlanta United

9:30 pm FS1                       Nashville FC vs Austin FC

Weds, May 26

3 pm CBSSN                Villarreal va Man United   Europa League Final

7 pm Paramount+             Orlando Pride (Morgan) vs Portland Thorns NWSL

8 pm CBSSN                        KC vs Chicago Red Stars  NWSL   

Sat, May 29

3 pm CBS                    Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Man City (Steffan)  Champions League Final  

Sun, May 30

2 pm ESPN                  USA vs Switzerland

6 pm Para+                         Orlando Pride vs KC NWSL

7 pm FS1                             Philly Union vs Portland Timbers  

Thurs, June 3  

7:30 pm Univ+Para+  USA vs Honduras  Nations League Semis

10 pm Para+                      Mexico vs Costa Rica

Sun, June 6

6:30 pm Para+            3rd place game Nations League  

9 pm Para+                 Finals – Nations League  

MLS Schedule

NWSL Season TV Schedule

US Men

McKennie, Dest lead USMNT vs. Switzerland

USMNT: Tyler Adams returns to USA with back injury 

Pulisic Watch: How did USMNT star perform v. Leicester?

USMNT, New York Red Bulls mainstay Aaron Long tears Achilles tendon 
USMNT’s McKennie nabs assist, Kulusevski leads Juve to Coppa Italia

US Women
Soccer-Thorns beat Gotham FC on penalties to win Challenge Cup

Some Take-Aways from Challenge Cup Final – SI  

US soccer legend Carli Lloyd reflects on her club’s incredible transformation 
Chelsea wins FA Women’s Super League title

 

EPL

Chelsea vs Aston Villa Preview
Pulisic Watch: How did USMNT star perform for Chelsea v. Manchester City?

Player ratings: Manchester City – Chelsea

Tuchel: Good fortune for Chelsea v Man City as UCL final confidence high

 

WORLD
What is left to play for in Bundesliga, La Liga, and Serie A?

USMNT’s McKennie nabs assist, Kulusevski leads Juve to Coppa Italia

Buffon wins Italian Cup with two generations of Chiesa family

Soccer-Mbappe magic sets up PSG for French Cup victory

Zlatan injury update: Knee will cost Ibrahimovic season, EURO 
Bayern eye decade of dominance after ninth straight Bundesliga title

Five key players as Bayern Munich win ninth straight league title

Mueller hails Bayern Munich’s ‘phenomenal’ ninth league title in a row

Lewandowski eyes 49-year-old Mueller record after hat-trick heroics

Highest-paid athletes: Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar among

 

MLS

Galaxy Retake LA with win over LAFC
Jonathan dos Santos, ‘Chicharito’ Hernández lead Galaxy to earthshaking win over LAFC

Diego Valeri’s rare PK misses prove colossal in Timbers loss to Sounders

Inter Miami rally for draw with Atlanta but decry lack of late penalty 

INDY 11

·      PREVIEW | INDY ELEVEN HOSTS SPORTING KANSAS CITY II FOR RACING INDY NIGHT

·      DEFENDER AIDAN LIU CONTINUES PROFESSIONAL CAREER STATESIDE

·       USL CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP | INDY ELEVEN 0 : 2 FC TULSA

Serie A final day-ITALY

A Champions League without Juventus? It’s possible if The Old Lady fails to deliver on Saturday. Juve, who won the Coppa Italia Final on Wednesday versus Atalanta, opens the weekend in fifth place and could qualify for the UCL with a win and either AC Milan losing or drawing at Atalanta or Napoli losing or drawing at home to Verona. Juve could also make it with a draw and help, but they’ll be focusing on three points. The relegation picture will be decided by a high-stakes visit from Benevento to Torino, with the hosts holding a three-point lead over the visitors for 17th place.

Week 38 – May 22

Atalanta v AC Milan — 2:45pm ET Saturday  ESPN+
Bologna v Juventus — 2:45pm ET Saturday ESPN+
Napoli v Verona — 2:45pm ET Saturday ESPN+

La Liga final day-SPAIN

Atletico Madrid and Real Valladolid are desperate for two very different reasons when they meet on Saturday. Atleti can win La Liga with a win and a draw can also do the trick if Real Madrid fails to beat visiting Villarreal, while Real Valladolid will be relegated if it fails to beat the league leaders.  Real Madrid holds the tiebreaker on Atleti if it wins and their cross-city rivals draw, but their task of beating an in-form and top six-seeking Villarreal is not easy.  Villarreal needs to get a better result than Real Betis to go from Europa Conference League to the Europa League group stage. A Villarreal win and Real Sociedad draw or loss would also help.  Only Eibar has been relegated, meaning two of Huesca, Elche, and Valladolid will go to the Segunda division. Huesca controls its fate with 33 points, while Elche also has 33 and Valladolid has 31.

Matchday 38 – May 23

Real Valladolid v Atletico Madrid — Noon ET Saturday
Celta Vigo v Real Betis — Noon ET Saturday
Real Madrid v Villarreal — Noon ET Saturday

Weston McKennie, Sergino Dest headline USMNT squad for Switzerland friendly

May 20, 2021  Jeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent

Juventus midfielder Weston McKennieBarcelona defender Sergino Dest and Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah headline the 27-player roster for the U.S. men’s national team’s May 30 friendly against Switzerland, set to take place in St. Gallen (Live on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET).

The match, combined with the CONCACAF Nations League finals on June 3 and June 6, as well as a friendly against Costa Rica on June 9, is intended to mimic the cadence and travel challenges that the U.S. will face during World Cup qualifying, slated to start in September. The final 23-player CNL roster is due May 24.

U.S. Men’s Soccer Key Dates

Friendly vs. SwitzerlandMay 30
Nations LeagueJune 3-6
Friendly vs. Costa RicaJune 9
Gold CupJuly 2-Aug. 1
World Cup qualifyingSept.-March ’22
2022 World CupNov. 21-Dec. 18 ’22

The U.S. will train at altitude to prepare for the run of matches, which include CNL games in the mile-high altitude of Denver. The U.S. will also face a stern test in Switzerland, which is ranked 13th in the world according to FIFA.

“The ability to play a top-20 team in the world is an opportunity that we didn’t want to miss on,” said U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter. “Switzerland is a very strong opponent, very talented players, and they’re preparing for the European Championship. So one of the goals is just to play a high level opponent, and we’re certainly achieving that with this camp.”

Berhalter had to juggle club commitments and injuries in naming his roster. Chelsea‘s Christian Pulisic and Manchester City‘s Zack Steffen will square off in the Champions League final on May 29, rendering them unavailable for the Switzerland match. Both are expected to join up with the U.S. squad for the CNL games.

Playoff matches could also impact the availability of Barnsley striker Daryl DikeWerder Bremen striker Josh Sargent and Greuther Furth midfielder Julian Green.

Weston McKennie is named in the USMNT squad to play Switzerland. Photo by John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images

In terms of injuries, New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long is absent after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon earlier this week.

“Aaron’s been a mainstay in our group, he’s a leader in the group, and a player that performs well on the field,” said Berhalter. “So it’s really tragic news for the US Soccer Federation, for our team. But having said that, it gives another player an opportunity to step up, and we have some young center backs who are going to need to get experience and this will give them the opportunity to do so.”

Hoffenheim‘s Chris Richards is also out with a hamstring ailment, but RB Leipzig‘s Tyler Adams is a surprise inclusion. He had been excused by his club to rehab a back injury, but is included in the U.S. side.

Two players making returns to the U.S. include Green and Galatasaray defender DeAndre Yedlin. For Green, this is his first call-up since Berhalter took over as manager. His last U.S. appearance came against England on Nov. 15, 2018. Yedlin, the most capped player on the roster with 62, is taking part in his first camp since November of 2019, when he played in a 4-0 victory over Cuba in the Concacaf Nations League. More importantly, Yedlin has made the most of his midseason move to Galatasaray from Newcastle United.

“What we’ve been observing is just DeAndre’s rise since he’s been to Galatasaray. He’s been playing consistently. He’s been performing well and it’s great to see him back on the field, getting that rhythm.”

The roster includes three players taking part in their first U.S. camp, those being Bayern Munich loanee Justin Che, Schalke forward Matthew Hoppe and Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa.

“We like to integrate young players into it,” said Berhalter. “We feel like the program will benefit from giving these players young players experiences early on, and these are three players that fit this mold.”

The match against Switzerland represents the sixth time the U.S. will face a top-20 opponent since Berhalter became head coach in 2019. The Swiss are preparing for the European Championship, where they have been drawn into Group A with four-time World Cup champion ItalyTurkey and Wales. The tournament airs on ESPN networks from June 11-July 11.

Detailed Roster by Position (Club/Country; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 4/0), Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; 0/0), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (10): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 40/3), Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 14/0), Justin Che (Bayern Munich/GER; 0/0), Sergino Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 7/1), Mark McKenzie (Genk/BEL; 2/0), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht/BEL; 21/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 42/1), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 1/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 10/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR; 62/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 27/2), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 12/1), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 15/4), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 20/6), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 21/6), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 4/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 9/0)

FORWARDS: (7): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 4/2), Daryl Dike (Barnsley/ENG; 2/0), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke/GER; 0/0), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 4/2), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 13/5), Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys/SUI; 2/0), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 10/1)

Latest El Tráfico felt familiar, which is encouraging for the Galaxy and unsettling for LAFC

Andy DeossaMon, May 10, 2021, 11:11 AM

CARSON, Calif. — If you really want to understand the madness around El Tráfico matchups between the Los Angeles Galaxy and LAFC, look no further than Saturday. An earthquake hit Southern California during stoppage time of the Galaxy’s 2-1 win, yet coaches and players on the field didn’t even feel it. The intensity on the pitch in the moment outweighed the brief ripples. Then again, Dignity Health Sports Park was already shaking minutes before that when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez sent a ball dragging through the area which found the feet of Jonathan dos Santos, and ended up in the back of the net for the eventual winner.The captain dos Santos ripped his shirt off as he sprinted toward the stands to celebrate with a portion of the 7,193 fans in limited capacity attendance. The last time he celebrated a goal with that much emotion was after netting Mexico’s winner in the 2019 Gold Cup final against the United States.“The atmosphere was incredible,” dos Santos said of the first of three matchups between the rivals this season. “To experience it and then score is priceless. I will remember this game for all my life.”His goal will be added to the long highlight reel of this rivalry, which has produced 50 goals in just 11 meetings. And while Saturday’s game didn’t include the marquee stars Carlos Vela or former Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose chirping and goal-scoring helped define the fixture in its infancy, it did serve as a reminder: LAFC has still never won in Carson.“It’s tough coming here, and we know what kind of game we’re getting into,” said LAFC defender Tristan Blackmon. “A lot of us have been in these games before and we have to recognize the type of game it’s going to be and really step up as leaders.”Since the inception of this rivalry, the drive down the 110 freeway has been a nightmare for the Black and Gold. Not only have they never won a road game against the Galaxy, they’ve only managed one draw in five games. First it was Zlatan’s heroics doing most of the damage, and now Chicharito’s off and running with a goal and assist in his first crack at LAFCDespite having the most important El Tráfico win thus far, LAFC still doesn’t feel like it has the mental edge in the rivalry. Saturday’s game is one coach Bob Bradley’s group expected to win. Their core tactics yielded 61% possession and a relentless high press. In the one instance they found a way to connect the dots, it resulted in a picture-perfect equalizer courtesy of reigning Golden Boot winner Diego Rossi. “I thought at 1-1 we needed to really take control and finish them off, and we just didn’t find a way to do it,” Bradley said.The hosts remained sturdy behind the play of goalkeeper Johnathan Bond, and pounced on a defensive error to once again snatch bragging rights. It’s not necessarily that the Galaxy are the better team, but they show a different type of resilience when up against LAFC.New coach Greg Vanney and the culture he’s restored in a few short months has confidence high around the club, and Saturday’s win will continue to boost it. “We’re trying to establish a style,” said Bond, who has been arguably the Galaxy’s best offseason acquisition. “We’re a new team trying to gel. But in that learning process that we’re in at the moment, and will be in probably for some time, we’re grinding out results.”And that’s perhaps the scariest part for LAFC.“I think we played with a lot of heart, and that’s how you win these games,” dos Santos said. “Very happy to get the win and show that the Galaxy is still here.”He finished up his postgame media conference with a smile, wink and dose of truth. At least until LAFC does something about it.“Gracias, L.A. is ours.”

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