USA vs Canada Sunday 5 pm on Fox
So the US made quick work of Martinique finishing with a solid 6-1 win as Daryl Dike scored the double. The win means Canada and the US will play for top spot in the group on Sunday 5 pm on Fox. The US need a win to advance as the top team to avoid a match with Mexico in the semi-finals setting up this nice must win game against the Canadians. Canada is of course missing their best player in Bayern’s Alphonso Davies while the US is fielding a B team at best with most of our European starters off. Still both teams will want to avoid a match-up with tourney favorite Mexico who has brought their full A team with plans to win the Cup. Of course Canada won in their last matchup in the nations league group stages with the US. After an uninspiring 1-0 win the first match with Haiti – the US men changed most of the starters and the tactics in beating the worse team in the group and possibly the Gold up in Martinique 6-1. Forward #9 Dike just missed a hat trick as he scored 3 goals but had his 2nd goal ruled an own goal later. (hate that rule!) All in all the youngsters played well.
Full USMNT roster for 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
Defenders (8): George Bello (Atlanta United), Reggie Cannon (Boavista), Shaq Moore (Tenerife), Donovan Pines (D.C. United), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), James Sands (New York City FC), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders (6): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
Forwards (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Daryl Dike (Orlando City), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)
US Ladies start Olympics with Sweden Weds 4:30 am USA Network
So the #1 Ranked and World Cup champion US ladies will kick off their Olympics with a match with nemesis Sweden on Wed at 4:30 am on USA. Sweden of course knocked the US out of the last Olympics in the Quarter finals – their worst finish ever. The US will look to avenge the 2016 loss to Sweden which knocked them out last Olympics by getting on the board early. Olympics Women’s Soccer on TV
EURO AND COPA FINALS EXILERATING
Wow the Copa and the Euro’s wrapped up the first stanza of the summer of soccer in style as Argentina and specifically Messi (the GOAT) finally won their first international tournament with the 1-0 win over Brazil in the Copa Finals. Messi fell to his knees and both teams gave huge congrats to this player as he finally lifted his homeland of Argentina to a win after so many disappointments in the past. (World Cup finals lost in PKs, Copa 2 times in Final) Brazil’s Neymar was especially classy as he congratulated his old teammate from Barcelona Messi. It was a good game – and while Messi didn’t score in the final – he left as the leading scorer in the tourney, the leading assist man and the MVP of course. Congrats to Messi !! You are the GOAT!
As for the Euro finals – wow !!! The game came down to a 1-1 game after an incredible 120+ minutes of play. I thought the refs were great – letting them play and not being suckered into calling crap fouls for the home English squad like had happened all tourney. In the End – Italy’s old guard of Juventus center backs Chilini and Bonnuchi average age 36 – took home the trophy after Italy won 3-2 in PKs. Of course England’s coach Southgate blew the decision on the PK takers and order when he left the poor 19 year old Saka as the last shooter. What and idiotic thing for a coach to do. The kid had never taken a PK for Arsenal and he’s only 19. ALL OF THE BLAME for the loss should not be on the 3 guys who missed but on the coach for putting them in that situation. OF course the racism that has followed on the 3 young black players is unforgivable and horrific. But I say Southgate should bare the blame for his selection of shooters – more than the shooters themselves. Italy finished allowing just 4 goals in the tourney as GK Gigi Dolurama won the tourney MVP and Golden Glove. The amazing return of Italy just 3 years removed from not making the 2018 World Cup gives hope to us US fans looking ahead to next winter’s World Cup. In the meantime Italy’s BRINGING IT HOME to Rome!! Viva Italia ! Great Saves Euro 2020
Indy 11 host Memphis @ the Mike — Sat 7 pm ESPN+, TV
So last weekend’s game has been moved to Sept 29th after it was cancelled due to the power outage. Of course they return home this Saturday to face Memphis at 7 pm at the Mike! Tickets at a special Discounted Price are Available Here– Friends of Indy 11.
GAMES ON TV
Friday, July 16 GOLD CUP
6:30 pm: Guadeloupe v Jamaica FS 1
8:30 pm: Suriname v Costa Rica FS1
Saturday, July 17
5 pm Atlanta United vs New England ESPN
7 pm NWSL North Carolina vs Houston Dash Paramount+
7:30 pm: Grenada v Qatar FS1
9:30 pm: Panama v Honduras FS1
Sunday, July 18
2 pm MinnUnited vs Seattle Sounders ESPN
Gold Cup USA vs Canada 5 pm (FOX)
5 pm: Martinique v Haiti (FS2)
10 pm Gold Cup Mexico vs El Salvador (FS1)
10 pm: Guatemala v Trinidad & Tobago (FS2)
Tuesday, July 20
7 pm: Costa Rica v Jamaica (FS1)
7 pm: Suriname v Guadeloupe (FS2)
9 pm: Panama v Grenada (FS1)
9 pm: Honduras v Qatar (FS2)
Wednesday, July 21
4 am China vs Brazil Ladies (NBCSN)
4:30 am USA vs Sweden Ladies (USA)
7 am Zambia vs Netherlands (Olympic Channel)
7:30 am Japan vs Canada (NBCSN)
Saturday, July 24
4:30 am Sweden vs Australia (NBCSN)
7:30 am USA vs New Zealand Ladies (USA or NBCSN??)
3:30 pm MLS Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew (ABC)
7:30 pm GOLD CUP QF Winner Group D v Runner-up Group A FS1
10 pm GOLD CUP QF Winner Group A v Runner up Group D FS2
Sunday, July 25
Match 27: Winner Group C v Runner-up Group B
Match 28: Winner Group B v Runner-up Group C
Tuesday, July 27
7:30 am USA vs Australia Ladies (USA)
Thursday, July 29 Gold Cup Semi Finals
Match 29: Winner match 25 v Winner match 28
Match 30: Match winner 26 v Match winner 27
Friday, July 30 Women’s Olympics QF
4 am and 7 am NBCSN
Sunday, August 1 2021 Gold Cup Final
Match 31: Winner match 29 v Winner match 30
Alex Morgan focused on bringing home the gold medal video
The Pitch: Sunday’s USA-Canada Match to Feature MLS-Heavy Rosters That Showcase North American Player Development –MLS.com
Sunday’s USA-Canada Match to Feature MLS-Heavy Rosters That Showcase North American Player Development
Concacaf Gold Cup squads for the U.S. and Canada feature a combined 70 percent of players (32 of 46), who currently hail from Major League Soccer clubs. As the two countries prepare to meet head-to-head in the Group Stage of the tournament on Sunday (5 p.m. ET, Univision / TUDN / FOX), the progress of MLS player development is contributing in a big way to the future of fielding North America’s national teams.
When the U.S. Men’s National Team’s opened Gold Cup action against Haiti last Sunday, the starting lineup included 10 active MLS players of the 11 on the field. As a handful of MLS academy products made their international debuts, Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gianluca Busio earned his first cap at home at Children’s Mercy Park, and 23-year-old Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson reminisced on attending the 2013 Gold Cup, with dreams of one day representing his country.
MLS personalities are shining in a major way for Canada as well, with five academy products named starters and three more coming off the bench in their 4-1 victory over Martinique on Sunday. Toronto FC academy products scored key goals when Jonathan Osorio finished the game-winner in the 26th minute, and Theo Corbeanu put away Canada’s fourth goal in the 89th.
Canada will take on Haiti on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / TUDN), followed by the USA vs. Martinique (9:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / UniMás / TUDN) before the two sides square off on Sunday.
Gold Cup Grants Mexico A Highly Touted Homegrown
LA Galaxy forward Efraín Álvarez is the rising 19-year-old dual-national who last Saturday forever solidified his ties to the Mexican National Team when he appeared in the Gold Cup Group Stage match against Trinidad & Tobago.
As Álvarez is gradually earning minutes for country, making his second full international appearance for Mexico in the game, the now cap-tied teenager has the national team support and guidance from a pair of his current club teammates. LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, who was also called up to Mexico for Gold Cup, will be on his side throughout the tournament before both resume club competitions alongside Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer in the Galaxy’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who is tied for the Golden Boot lead in MLS.
With a bright future ahead, Álvarez has sided with Mexico as he joins an ever-growing crop of young players developed in MLS, who are fielding the next generation of North American national teams.
United States beats Martinique with Daryl Dike double to reach Gold Cup knockouts
The United States rode a pair of Daryl Dike goals to an easy 6-1 win over Martinique to book a spot in the knockout rounds of the 2021 Gold Cup on Thursday night in Kansas City.The U.S. improved to 37 wins, one loss and four draws in the Gold Cup group stage.Dike opened the scoring for the U.S. with a glancing header from a nice cross into the box from Matthew Hoppe.A Martinique own goal led to the second for the Americans, when after a goalmouth scramble and a near miss from Gianluca Busio the ball trickled into the net off of defender Samuel Camille.The U.S. started hot after the break with Miles Robinson scoring before Dike netted a classy second to put Gregg Berhalther’s side up 4-0 before the hour mark.Emmanuel Riviere struck from the penalty spot to get Martinique on the scoreboard, but Gyasi Zardes offset that strike soon after with a clinical shot on the back of a nice team move to restore the four-goal lead for the U.S.Nicholas Gioacchini added further gloss to the scoreline, finishing a close-range shot from a Busio cross to make it 6-1 in favor of the U.S.Hoppe, who started, and Donovan Pines, who entered in the 70th, raised the total to 47 debuts in 31 matches under Berhalter.Berhalter changed seven starters from last weekend’s opening 1-0 win over Haiti, inserting defender James Sands along with Busio, George Bello, Eryck Williamson, Christian Roldan, Hoppe and Dike. The lineup averaged five international appearances and was in effect a junior varsity, with only Roldan regularly getting much time with the primary player pool.Dike, coming off a breakout loan from Orlando to second-tier Barnsley in England’s second-tier League Championship, raised his international goals total to three. He put the U.S. ahead in the 14th minute with a header off a long cross from Hoppe.Next up for the U.S. is a Group B-deciding match against Canada on Sunday to see which nation takes top honors and earns a No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals.
Are Olympics too easy for USWNT, and too small for women’s soccer?
11:04 AM ET Caitlin Murray
When the U.S. women’s national team finally begins its Olympic campaign in Japan, it will be the massive favorite. There are some good reasons for that, including its No. 1 world ranking and its title as the reigning World Cup champion.But there’s an even better reason: there’s just not a ton of competition. With only 12 teams in the entire tournament, many of the best teams in the world won’t even be there. Germany, the gold-medal winner of the 2016 Olympics and the No. 2-ranked team in the world? It’ll be watching from home.France, the world’s No. 3-ranked team with seven players in ESPN FC’s Women’s Rank, the most of any country aside from the U.S.? Also at home.
So, why won’t the best teams be there?The short answer is that the women’s soccer tournament is too small and governing bodies haven’t seemed to mind. With just 12 teams, it’s smaller than the men’s Olympic tournament and has room for just three participants from Europe, the dominant region of the world.Even worse, there’s no qualification tournament for European teams, which sends a signal of complacency and reduced expectations.While the men’s teams all have regional qualifiers and fight for their spot at the Olympics, placement at the previous Women’s World Cup decides which European teams compete at the following Olympics. Seven of the eight quarterfinalists at the 2019 Women’s World Cup were from Europe.So, when France lost to the U.S. team in an electric, thrilling quarterfinal match in Paris, it got hit with a double whammy: it was not only out of the 2019 World Cup, it was out of the 2020 Olympics, meaning it wouldn’t get to compete in another major tournament until the European Championship in 2022 at the earliest.”There has to be something that changes this,” former U.S. team captain Abby Wambach tweeted at the time. “UEFA needs to spend the money and do a proper qualifying tournament. France is too good not to be at Olympics. Total shame.”That’s not to say there won’t be any good teams in Japan. The U.S team’s opening game will be against Sweden, the team that knocked the U.S. out in 2016. The Netherlands, the team that reached the 2019 Women’s World Cup final, will also feature.But if the U.S. wants to reach its fifth-ever gold-medal match, it has to get through a three-game group stage in which merely coming in third place in a four-team group is enough to advance, and then just two knockout games. It’s not exactly a robust competition — the Women’s Euros are tougher — and it will only continue to lose relevance as the Women’s World Cup expands to 32 teams in 2023.So, can it be fixed?The International Olympic Committee has no excuse for keeping the women’s soccer tournament at just 12 teams. The men’s tournament features 16 and fits into the Olympic schedule just fine, especially because most of the soccer tournaments take place outside the host city.Critics say there is simply no time for a proper qualification tournament in Europe because quickly after the World Cup, teams start using their international windows on European Championship qualifiers, which take months. But that’s only true if UEFA is unwilling to tweak its calendar slightly.CONCACAF’s Olympic qualification tournament, for instance, happens in just one FIFA window. UEFA has more teams, but there’s no reason it can’t stage a similarly truncated event with World Cup placement or world rankings serving to weed out teams and avoid drawn-out early rounds.It might require a little effort, but making the Olympic women’s soccer tournament bigger and more prestigious would be good for everyone.Women’s soccer as a whole lacks events with consequential games, and the sport needs more high-stakes competition. While European teams have the Euros, there’s otherwise a dearth outside of the World Cup and the Olympics, and national teams can only grow and garner more investment if they play games.At the same time, the IOC would benefit from women’s soccer earning a higher profile at the Olympics. The U.S. team, for instance, garnered record TV ratings for NBC in 2012 — the last time it won a gold medal — which translate to more value for the IOC. The Women’s World Cup in 2019 drew record TV ratings around the globe. As the interest in women’s soccer grows, the IOC would be foolish to not want to join in.To be sure, the IOC wouldn’t want to face backlash from FIFA if women’s Olympic soccer became as prestigious as the Women’s World Cup. On the men’s side, FIFA has required the Olympics serve mostly as a U2 evet to avoid overshadowing the World Cup. The women, on the other hand, compete with their full senior squads.But the IOC probably won’t have to worry about that.For FIFA to feel compelled to water down the women’s Olympic tournament, it would first need to know the value of the Women’s World Cup, which it does not and has shown little interest in finding out. That’s why FIFA assigns all its World Cup revenue to the men’s version of the tournament, and no one can say how much the women’s tournament generates.The women’s soccer community, by revering the Olympics as the No. 2 event in the sport behind the World Cup, has done its part to help soccer blossom at the Olympics. Now it’s time for the IOC to return the favor and expand the women’s field to be on par with the size of the men’s tournament, or make it even bigger.It’s the least it can do.
#INDvMEM Gameday Preview Indy Eleven vs. Memphis 901 FC
Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 7:00 P.M. ET Michael A. Carroll Stadium | Indianapolis, Ind.
2021 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Indy Eleven: 4W-5L-3D, 15 pts. (-2 GD); 4th in Central Division
Memphis 901 FC: 3W-4L-3D, 12 pts. (-3GD); 8th in Central Division
What the Boys in Blue absolutely did not do last Saturday was play 46’ of a soccer game. There certainly wasn’t a weather delay followed by a power outage at OKC Energy FC’s Taft Stadium. Cammy Smith totally did not score his second goal of the season in the first half to initially put Indy Eleven up 1-0, before Energy FC found the back of the net to equalize. None of that happened, alright? Instead, OKC Energy and Indy Eleven will play at a later date. The Time Variance Authority forgives you for your confusion and encourages you to get ready for Indy Eleven’s match against Memphis 901 FC this Saturday at Carroll Stadium.Indiana’s Team returns home looking to turn around its fortunes at The Mike, a task that will once again need to get done without defender Neveal Hackshaw, one of four USL Championship standouts representing Trinidad and Tobago at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Indy will have to continue to patch the hole he leaves in their defense, as opposing teams average just over five more shots when Hackshaw isn’t present in the backline (11.5-16.75). Results have not favored the Boys in Blue when the 25-year-old has been absent on national team duty, but while their 0W-3L-1D record in such games could be cause for alarm, only one goal conceded in each of those last two outings – including the latest performance last Wednesday at Atlanta United 2 that saw the Eleven boast a season-high eight shots blocked and 12 interceptions – shows the coping mechanisms are coming into form.Something that certainly isn’t lacking for Indy is the high volume of production they’re seeing from its goalkeepers. Jordan Farr, Bobby Edwards and Eric Dick have all stepped in between the sticks across the first
13 12 games, the first time in franchise history that Indy has had three different goalkeepers appear in goal in one season, with each making a significant impact. Farr, now in his fourth season with Indiana’s Team, is the #1 in the box, having registered 25 saves before he was sidelined with a wrist injury in June. Edwards stepped up in a big way, registering eight saves in his Indy Eleven debut at Sporting Kansas City II on June 20 that helped elevate his side to a much needed 2-1 victory. The Butler University Alumnus Dick was brought in on loan from Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew SC in response to Farr’s injury and made his debut against ATL UTD 2 with an inspired performance that saw seven saves from the Carmel native. With top showings from a rotating cast of ‘keepers, there’s no doubt that there are safe hands in goal for Indy, making Interim Head Coach Max Rogers’ top of the lineup sheet decision both easy and difficult at the same time.Memphis 901 FC come into this weekend trying to find their way out of the basement of the Central Division – although their situation is not as dire as it first appears. Memphis has been riddled with injuries and players missing due to international duty throughout the 2021 season, but are starting to find solid footing and carry multiple games in hand on all but one Central foe. Kyle Murphy has caught fire in the goalscoring department for the Bluff City squad, having netted four times in the past three games and earning a nod to the bench of the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 11 after scoring twice against Atlanta United 2.It wasn’t all blue skies for Memphis in that game against ATLUTD 2 however, as they lost starting goalkeeper John Brener to a season-ending injury. However, Memphis signed former Saint Louis FC goalkeeper Kyle Morton on loan from MLS’ Houston Dynamo, providing a more than suitable back-up plan. Morton wasted no time, grabbing a clean sheet and helping Memphis take down Central Division leaders Birmingham Legion FC 1-0 in his debut last Saturday.
USL Championship Regular Season: 3W-1L-0D (11 GF/ 4 GA)
USLC Regular Season Home: 1W-1L-0D (4 GF/2 GA)
Indy Eleven will look to avenge its loss last time out against the Memphian side, which featured some questionable calls that didn’t fall in Indy’s favor. The most infamous was perhaps the “no-goal” call on forward Manuel Arteaga’s shot that banged off the bar and straight down across the goal line before rebounding back into play, for what would’ve been his third on the season at that point. It wasn’t meant to be for Arteaga or the Eleven that night, as they would eventually fall to Memphis 2-1, nearly clawing their way back into it after a goal from defender Karl Ouimette six minutes into second half stoppage time and a surge of Indy play right before the final whistle.
The Boys in Blue have historically owned this series, never scoring less than three goals in a meeting before first meeting of 2021. That includes their only previous meeting in Indy prior to 2021, a 3-0 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 5, 2019.
IND PLAYER TO WATCH: MF NICK MOON
Another game, another player to watch nod for Nick Moon. Since (again) Indy definitely in no way played a game last Saturday, it’s only fair to highlight Moon for the Eleven’s matchup with Memphis (again). Moon’s versatility has been on full display through the 2021 campaign. In his second year with the Boys in Blue, Moon has featured in several different roles for Indy, mostly on the right side. Last year, Moon mostly played in a forward position for Indy, but Moon has experienced playing in both offensive and defensive positions through his collegiate career and into his rookie season with former USL League One side Lansing Ignite, where he earned a spot on the inaugural All-League Second Team for his efforts.That hasn’t stopped his offensive production though, as the 25-year-old is currently second on the team with two assists on nine chances created. Moon looked dangerous once again in Saturday’s scrimmage, dribbling up and down that right side and looking for opportunities in attack.Moon has been impressively on the wing, having won 66 duels so far this season (only trailing Arteaga’s 80) as well as adding 15 clearances and nine interceptions. Numbers don’t lie – Moon is a strong contributor up and down the flank for the Eleven, and they’ll need him to step up on both sides of the ball in order to send Memphis home to face the music.
MEM PLAYER TO WATCH: GK KYLE MORTON
Morton returns to USL Championship play once again after the former Saint Louis FC goalkeeper made the move to Major League Soccer with Houston Dynamo during the offseason. With Brenner now out due to a season-ending injury, Morton has been brought in on loan by Memphis to boost the side’s goalkeeping corps. The 27-year-old has spent a bevy of time with different USL Championship sides including the Rochester Rhinos, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, and most recently Saint Louis FC (R.I.P). Indy tallied a 1W-2L-1D record against Morton-guarded goals in 2020, the ‘keeper collecting a clean sheet and clinched playoff berth for STL along the way. Morton was also named as a 2020 USL Championship Goalkeeper of the Year for his efforts.
In Morton’s Memphis 901 FC debut he helped propel his new team to perhaps its biggest victory of the season so far, taking down division leader Birmingham Legion FC 1-0. The West Chester, Pennsylvania, native came up in a big way with eight saves over the course of the match, earning a spot on the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 12 for his performance. The James Madison University alum is going to be a tough one to beat Saturday, but one of Indy’s missions will no doubt be throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at Morton.
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