8/20/21 MLS All Star Game Tues FS1, American’s Pulisic and Reyna score, Indy 11 split games, US Carli Llyod Retires, International Cup Sat Eve ESPN

 

What to Watch This Weekend

CBS starts a three-season run as the home of Serie A this weekend on CBS SportsNetwork and Paramount+, Plus the Bundesliga on ABC at 12:30 as new American sensation LB Joe Scally starts for Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen , MLS on Fox Columbus vs Seattle 5:30 pm on Sat, and the Portland Thorns vs. Lyon in the Women’s International Champions Cup final Sat eve 10 pm on ESPN2.  Mon/Tues is MLS All Star Week – as the skills challenge is Mon night followed by the MLS All Stars vs the Liga MX (Mexican) Allstars on Tuesday night at 9:30 pm on FS1.  Of course Chelsea faces Arsenal Sat but without American Christian Pulisic who scored in the start last weekend – as he’s got Covid.  Sunday Serie A kicks off on CBS Sports Network as Udinese hosts Weston McKinney and Jueventus at 9:30 am. 

Portland Thorns vs. Lyon ICC Cup Final Saturday, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Women’s International Champions Cup semifinals were both electric games. Lyon knocked off reigning European champion Barcelona, 3-2, and the host Portland Thorns beat the Houston Dash in a penalty kick shootout after coming back from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 tie.So the final will pit the NWSL’s biggest team against Europe’s perennial superpower, the record seven-time Champions League winner — including five straight from 2016-20 — that Barcelona dethroned last spring.Portland will have its Olympic stars back, and Lindsey Horan will be in the spotlight amid reports she’s joining Lyon in January. But manager Mark Parsons might be tempted to give playing time to two youngsters who were heroes of the semifinal. Rookie goalkeeper Shelby Hogan made three saves in the shootout, and 15-year-old midfield phenom Olivier Moultrie scored the last goal of regulation with a free kick.Houston and Barcelona will meet in the third-place game earlier Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPNU).  Of course huge news that US Forward Carli Lloyd is retiring after this season. She will play the next few games for the US in September and finish out the season with Gotham of the NWSL. 

 

MLS All Star Game – Tuesday Night 9:30 pm FS1 – USA MLS vs Mexico Liga MX All Stars

Hype Video

All Star Team Roster   

Captain Roldan! Sounders star Cristian to lead MLS All-Stars vs. Liga MX

 

 

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Friday, Aug 15 

10:30 pm       LA Galaxy s San Jose   ESPN2

Saturday, Aug 21

7:30 am          Liverpool vs Burnley Peacock

9:30 am       Wolfsburg (Brooks) vs Hertha ESPN+ 

9:30 am       Dortmund (Reyna) vs Freiburg ESPN+

9:30 am         Inter vs Genoa Serie A – Paramount +

10 am             Aston Villa vs New Castle NBCSN

10 am             Man City vs Norwich (Stewart) USA

12:30              Brighton vs Watford NBC

12:30 pm     Bayer Leverkusen vs Monchengladbach (Joe Scally) ABC

3 pm               Minn United vs Sporting KC  ESPN

3 pm               Saint Etieeene vs Lille (Weah)

4 pm              Barcelona (Dest) vs  Athletic Bilbao ESPN+

5:30  pm      Columbus Crew vs Seattle Sounders FOX

7 pm               Indy 11 vs  OKC  home ESPN+

10 pm             Portland Thorns vs Lyonnnais (ICC Championship) ESPN

Sunday, Aug 22  Italian Serie A kickoff

7 am               Lyonnais vs Clermont  France beIN Sport

9:30 am         Udinese vs Juventus (McKinney)  CBS Sports Network  

9 am               Wolverhampton vs Tottenham NBCSN

11:30 am      Arsenal vs Chelsea (Pulisic) NBCSN

5 pm              Sporting KC II vs Indy 11 ESPN+

8 pm NY Red Bulls vs NYCFC – FS1

Monday, Aug 23 

11:30             West Ham vs Leicester City NBCSN

2:45 pm       Sampadoria vs Milan (Ibra) Paramount+

9 pm              MLS AllStar Skills Challenge  FS1

Wedsday, Aug 25

3pm               West Brom vs Arsenal League Cup  ESPN+

3 pm               Salzburg (Ar0nson) vs Brandby UCL Paramount+

9:30 pm       MLS AllStars vs Liga MX All Stars – FS1

Friday, Aug 27

2:30 pm         Dortmund (Reyna) vs Hoffenhiem ESPN+

6:30 pm         Columbus Crew vs Cincy ESPN

10:30 pm       Orlando City vs Inter Miami ESPN

Saturday, Aug 28

10 am             Man City vs Arsenal Peacock

12 noon          Liverpool vs Chelsea (Pulisic) NBC

7 pm               LAFC vs La Galaxy  EL TRAFFICO FOX

7 pm              Indy 11 vs Real Monarchs ESPN+ TV 8

 

US Men

What to Watch this Weekend – American’s Overseas
Pulisic tests positive for COVID-19, out of Arsenal-Chelsea

VIDEO: USMNT’s Aaronson scores late Salzburg winner in UCL qualifier

Pulisic, Reyna kick off new club season with goals
USMNT youngster Otasowie moves from Wolves to Club Brugge

Dortmund’s American MF Reyna Scores in 5-2 win

Pulisic Watch: How did USMNT star perform v. Crystal Palace?

Christian Pulisic has a good problem at Chelsea
Scally left NYCFC a prospect, now he’s holding his own vs. Lewandowski
  Jeff Carlisle

USMNT teen Scally goes 90 at left back, Gladbach holds Bayern Munich 

 Q&A: Trailblazing U.S. coach Matarazzo on his Bundesliga journey

EPL

Three things we learned from Norwich City – Liverpool; video highlights      
Chelsea to unleash Lukaku on underachieving Arsenal

Revitalized Spurs look like top-four contenders

New-look Tottenham defeated in Conference League opener

Solskjaer tells Pogba to back up lavish praise

Fulham remain top of Championship with Millwall win

Top five PL goals and saves from Matchweek 1

 

WORLD

What to Watch this weekend
Five new faces to watch in Serie A

Inter’s turbulent summer leaves Serie A crown up for grabs

Serie A schedule 2021-22, standings, odds

Italian Euro 2020 winner Locatelli joins Juventus

Tammy Abraham joins Roma in $47 million move

What last season’s stats tell us about 2021-22 in Europe’s top five leagues
Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern beat Dortmund in Super Cup

Can anyone stop Bayern? Breaking down every Bundesliga team for 2021-22

What to Watch this weekend

 

US Ladies

USWNT legend Lloyd retiring; will play in 4 upcoming friendlies for U.S.
The secret to Carli Lloyd’s brilliant career? Her magnificent fury

Carli Lloyd announces retirement plans after fourth Olympics with USWNT

USWNT star Carli Lloyd content as she announces she’s retiring at the end of this year

Where does retiring Carli Lloyd rank in all-time USWNT lore?

Carli Lloyd announces retirement, ends historic USWNT career

USWNT remains FIFA’s No. 1-ranked team despite bumpy Olympics — but it’s getting close

USWNT announce fall friendlies against Paraguay & South Korea
USWNT’s Megan Rapinoe ‘thinking’ about retirement – but still needs more time

CONCACAF launches new W Championship, W Gold Cup to increase women’s international matches

NWSL Preview | Weekend matches on August 21st and 22nd
Olivia Moultrie’s first professional goal leads the Thorns to the WICC Finals


Soccer: Former Afghan women’s captain tells players to burn kits, delete photos

Taliban return causes anguish for Afghan female football pioneer

 

MLS

Americans at home: MLS still exists, it does

3 points Changes Everything – Columbus vs Seattle

California Classico

Weekend Cheat Sheet: Your guide to Week 21, Heineken Rivalry Week edition

Seattle Sounders’ Raul Ruidiaz wins second-straight MLS Player of the Week

“Not performing well enough”: Austin FC face harsh realities after third-straight loss

Goalkeepers say no! Check out the best saves from Week 20

 

Borussia Monchengladbach’s Scally left NYCFC as a prospect. Now, he’s holding his own vs. Lewandowski

9:00 AM ETJeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent

Back in June, Joe Scally paid a visit to his former club, New York City FC. The reunion allowed him to catch up with old friends and former coaches; after all, it had only been six months since he had completed his move to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach — who play Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday (12:25 p.m. ET, stream live on ESPN+) — and yet NYCFC sporting director David Lee, who had watched Scally progress through the club’s academy system, had already noticed a change.”[Scally] looked more grown up,” Lee told ESPN. “He looked bigger, he looked stronger. Just that six-month transition — I think sometimes, we forget that with young people, whether you’re going off to college or you’re doing something else, you leave your parents and you’ve got to fend for yourself all of a sudden, and you just grow up quickly. He certainly developed even further physically, which is pretty remarkable.” In the opening weeks of the club season, Scally’s growth has been on full display. With starting left-back Ramy Bensebaini out injured, Scally — a right-back by trade — was drafted in to replace him and has made nary a misstep, excelling in both a DFB-Pokal victory over Kaiserslautern and last Friday’s 1-1 draw against the star-studded lineup of reigning champions Bayern Munich.”It was crazy,” Scally told ESPN from Germany. “Just like a dream.”Given his play in the cup match, he was pretty sure he was going to start against Bayern, which brought on a special set of nerves given the players he’d be going up against, including Robert Lewandowski and Leroy Sane.It helped that Scally’s family was visiting, allowing him to relax, and he was certainly composed once the opening whistle blew. He recalled how an early exchange with Lewandowski — in which Scally bodied up the forward, forcing him to kick the ball out of bounds — helped set the tone for him early.”It was like, ‘I just got the ball from Lewandowski, who is someon I’ve watched forever and is one of the best forwards of all time,'” Scally said. “Knowing that gave me so much confidence going into the rest of the game.”That performance caught the attention of USMNT U-17 teammate and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Giovanni Reyna, who texted Scally with his congratulations. He was far from the only one.”My whole phone was blowing up,” Scally said. “I could just keep swiping. It was great.”Even more impressive has been the rapidity with which he has settled into life in Germany.Adapting quickly to a new country, a new language and a different soccer culture is always an impressive feat. It’s an experience that takes a player completely out of their comfort zone. But the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made that challenge an order of magnitude more difficult. The relationships with teammates are more difficult to foster given the reduced opportunities for hanging out at the training ground. Even outside of the team setting, the protocols kept interactions with the public to a minimum, reducing the chances to get more comfortable with the language. It’s easy to become isolated.It was an experience that brought into focus everything that Scally had left behind. An ankle injury that he sustained prior to his departure for Germany slowed his initial progress as well.”It was definitely tough,” he said. “The first month I think was very hard just because I left my family, my girlfriend, my friends, everyone behind. And it just happened like in a split second. You think that the day will never come, that you’re leaving everyone, and then it just happens.”Scally’s father John added, “Thank god for FaceTime. Because of COVID, you practice, you couldn’t even hang out with the players… you have to just go back to your apartment and that was it. So that’s really good that he got through it. He’s a very mature 18-year-old.”Getting on the field helped speed up the acclimation process. Once the ankle injury was behind him, the defender quickly established himself in Gladbach’s second team, making 15 appearances in the 2020-21 season. He also trained regularly with the first team, and while the speed of play and thought was a challenge at first, he soon gained the respect of his new teammates. His early success gave him peace of mind, as well that conviction he’d made the right decision to head to Europe.”When you do really good, it gives you more confidence, makes you happier,” Scally said. “So I think right after that first practice with the first team, in my first game, that’s when everything really started accelerating.”It helped that his longtime friend, Reyna, was nearby. Their apartments are 45 minutes away from one another, and even when they couldn’t see each other in person, there was the video game connection. While Scally rules at Mario Kart, Fortnite is Reyna’s domain, especially when Reyna’s younger brother Joah is involved.”They’re both so much better than me,” said Scally with a laugh. “When we’re playing Fortnite, when I die or when I go down, they’ll just never pick me up because they’re better off without me.”When Scally finished the 2020-21 season, he took a couple of weeks off in West Palm Beach, Florida before returning home to Long Island. It was there that he started training for the new season, a regimen that required a special kind of discipline.Father John is co-owner of the Village Idiot Pub in Lake Grove, New York. The establishment is a two-minute walk from Scally’s home, and the lure of some of the more sinful items on the menu was tough to resist. His siblings, Drew and Anna, did little to make their brother’s adherence to a diet easy.”My brother and my sister, they would always get the wings and shove it in my face,” Scally said. “From time to time, of course, I’d have to get it, but they make a really good grilled chicken with Frank’s hot sauce. I was just fine with that and it was so good.”Scally’s biggest weakness? Fried Oreos. “They had that with vanilla ice cream,” he said. “That was the hardest thing on the menu, not to get.”Heading into the 2021-22 campaign, Scally had a new manager to impress in Adi Hutter. All the more reason to lay off the fried Oreos and report to preseason in good shape. He did just that, and as some injuries in the backline piled up, Scally put himself in the frame for first-team minutes. Two games in, he’s repaid his manager’s faith, and against Bayern, Scally kept Sane very quiet.”I have to pay Joe Scally a huge compliment,” Hutter said after the Bayern match. “He made his Bundesliga debut against Bayern Munich today, aged 18, right-footed on the left side against top players, and he rewarded me with an absolute class game.”Lee said he has noticed that tactically, Scally has shown improvement. More specifically, his decisions in terms of positioning when Gladbach don’t have the ball, knowing when to press an opponent or stay connected to the center-back have all been sharpened.”You’re playing against top-level players, and if you make the wrong decision, you can get punished,” said Lee. “I think he made, for the vast majority, just some really fantastic decisions throughout the game and that helped them to get good results and performances that they’ve had in the first games.”

With Bensebaini working his way back to full fitness, it won’t be a surprise if Scally soon finds himself back on the bench, but he’s aware that it doesn’t pay to look too far ahead. All he can do now is make himself as indispensable as possible to Hutter and his staff.”If I keep doing good and the coach has as much trust in me, maybe I stay or I go to the right side and I start,” Scally said. “So whatever happens, I always trust the coach and trust his decisions and will always keep working for the team.”Given how the first weeks of the 2021-22 season have gone for Scally so far, his growth over the remainder of the campaign will be worth watching.

MLS Allstar Week and Game Tues/Wed,

After losing his first game last weekend on the road 1-0 –American Jesse Marsch and his Red Bull Leipzig rebounded in a powerful 4-0 win in their home opener against fellow American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo   and Stuttgart.  Stuttgart had won their first game to lead the table after week 1. This first ever battle between US coaches in a foreign league

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