The 2nd ranked CHS Varsity girls host Pack the House night Monday night vs #1 ranked Noblesville at 7 pm as Carmel FC and Dad’s club kids with their uniforms get Free Admission! Lots of former Carmel FC players and both GKs will be on hand. Arrive early and see the JV team with both former Carmel FC keepers in the net at 5 pm.
Seattle Plays Club Leon in Vegas Wed 10 pm on ESPN2
MLS looks to finally beat La Liga’s best as the defending MLS champs will represent MLS against Mexico’s Club Leon. The game kicks at 10 pm Wed night on ESPN2! Go Seattle !!
US Ladies face Paraguay Tues night in Cincy on Fox Sports 1 at 7:30 pm
Not 100% sure why we face these completely overmatched countries like Paraguay – but the US ladies will do it again this Tues night as they face Paraguay 5 days after slaughtering them 9-0 last week. Carli Lloyd scored a record 5 goals in the game as she moved into 3rd place in the all Time US ladies history in goals scored.
USWNT vs. Paraguay (Cincy) Tix Are On Sale Now
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Location: TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Indy 11 Returns home Sat vs Tulsa 7 pm & MyIndy TV
The Indy 11 continue the slide as a home loss to Louisville dropped the boys in blue to 6th in the Central Division at 8-11-5. The 11 have a chance to move up the rankings though with a huge match vs FC Tulsa currently in 3rd overall this Sat at 7 pm.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Tues, Sept 21
10 am Germany vs Serbia Women’s WCQ Paramount+
1:30 pm Getafe vs Athletico Madrid
2!5 pm England vs Luxemburg Women’s WCQ Paramount+
2:45 pm Fulham (Ream, Robinson) vs Leeds United ESPN+ League Cup
2:45 pm Norwich City (Stewart) vs Liverpool ESPN+ League Cup
2:45 pm Milan vs Venezia Paramount+
3 pm Metz vs PSG beIN Sports
7:30 pm US Ladies vs Paraguay FS1
8 pm Indiana U vs Northwestern BTN
Wed, Sept 22
12 noon Spetzia vs Juventus paramount +
2:45 pm Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Aston Villa ESPN+ League Cup
2:45 pm Man United vs West Ham United ESPN+ League Cup
2:45 pm Milan vs Venezia Paramount+
3 pm Metz vs PSG beIN Sports
4 pm Real Madrid vs Mallarca ESPN+
7:30 pm Inter Miami vs Nashville MLS ESPN+
10 pm Seattle Sounders vs Club Leon MLS vs Mex League Cup Final ESPN2
Sat, Sept 25
7:30 am Chelsea vs Man City NBCSN
9 am Spezia vs Milan Paramount+
10 am Leceister City vs Burnley NBCSN
12:30 pm brentford vs Liverpool NBCSN
12:3o pm Mgladbach vs Dortmund ESPN+
3 pm PSG vs Montpellier beIN Sports
3:30 pm Philly vs Atlanta United Univsion
3 pm Real Madrid vs Villarreal
7:30 pm Columbus Crew vs Montreal ESPN+
10 pm Portland vs Real Salt Lake ESPN+
Three talking points from the Premier League weekend
10 things we learned in the Premier League – Matchweek 5
Chelsea’s Tuchel explains halftime changes, winning despite sloppiness
Tottenham vs Chelsea final score: Defenders attack as Blues wake up
Ronaldo scores, West Ham misses penalty as Man United wins
Pochettino plays down decision to take off Messi in PSG win
Icardi gives PSG win over Lyon on Messi home debut
AC Milan stalemate piles on misery for Juventus
Benzema strikes again as Real Madrid stun Valencia with late double
Wolfsburg held at home as Bayern Munich stay top of Bundesliga
Haaland double sees Dortmund hold off Union to climb to second
Rose Lavelle talks next generation of USWNT, TQL Stadium and returning to Cincinnati for Paraguay friendly
Pat BrennanCincinnati Enquirer
Rose Lavelle isn’t the first U.S. women’s national team star produced by the Greater Cincinnati region, nor are her’s the first USWNT sides to visit and play in Cincinnati venues.But given how bright Lavelle’s star has shone in her career, it’s hard not to link the Mount Notre Dame and Cincinnati United Premier product’s successes to the meteoric rise of soccer in Greater Cincinnati.Lavelle’s career arch has so far run parallel to Cincinnati’s soccer boom and often times made the boom larger. Her feature role in the USWNT, and especially its 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup triumph in France, has given the area a kind of soccer bona fides that few if any local products can claim to have contributed.Not surprisingly, Lavelle’s return to the region following her last national team accomplishment – a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – is garnering great attention. Speaking Saturday ahead of the USWNT’s Tuesday match at FC Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium in the second of back-to-back games against Paraguay, Lavelle said she’s never considered herself as playing a starring role in the growth of local soccer.
“I’ve always said I think that Cincinnati is such an underrated soccer city and I’m so glad that now, having a team here, people are seeing it and I feel like the city is getting to showcase that,” Lavelle said. “I think it’s such a great city with a lot of young talent and hopefully girls, boys from Cincinnati can see themselves in me and see that it’s possible for a Midwest person to get to this level.”Yeah, I think it’s cool. When I was growing up, I had Heather Mitts to look up to. She went to (Saint) Ursula and I was obsessed with her and I think it just made it so much more real to me that somebody from where I was from was in a place that I wanted to get to, so, yeah, I hope I can serve as that same kind of inspiration to people in this area.” Lavelle’s made multiple visits to Cincinnati since her professional career took off when she was drafted No. 1 overall in the NWSL College Draft by the now-defunct Boston Breakers. Those stops have included a September 2017 USWNT friendly against New Zealand at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium, as well as a number of ceremonies honoring her contribution to the World Cup victory in summer 2019.
U.S. Soccer in Cincinnati during the FC Cincinnati era
• Sept. 21 (7:30 p.m.) – Friendly: USWNT vs. Paraguay (TQL Stadium, hybrid grass surface)*
Now, Lavelle will help push the local game further again with Tuesday’s Paraguay match, which is the first-ever U.S. Soccer event staged at the $250 million TQL Stadium.
“I don’t know if I think of myself as having a starring role, but I am very, very excited to be able to come and play in Cincinnati,” Lavelle said. “I’m so happy any time I’m able to come home but to get to come home and kind of show off the city to all my teammates, I’m so excited about it and I know that TQL is gonna be just bumping and have the best atmosphere… I’m just gonna be glowing the whole night out of happiness.”Of playing at TQL Stadium, Lavelle added: “I think it’s so cool that soccer has a home here and it’s here to stay.” (Of playing in Nippert Stadium previously, Lavelle said: “I think that that stadium’s so cool because it’s so big but it’s so close to the field, too. It feels such an intimate setting. You can hear all the fans that much louder because the stands go right onto the field basically. That was so fun the last time we played there.”) A U.S. Soccer media officer confirmed Saturday that ticketing for the Paraguay match had reached 21,000. The match will be staged following the USWNT’s 9-0 rout of Paraguay at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.Of course, there’s more to the Paraguay match than Lavelle. The biggest storyline to accompany the USWNT to Cincinnati is Carli Lloyd, who is using the Paraguay matches and two further friendly matches in October to draw the curtain on her historic national team career.In Thursday’s Paraguay victory, Lloyd scored five times to burst into third place on the USWNT all-time scoring list, surpassing Kristine Lilly. Lloyd’s impending departure from the national team program is widely seen as the front end of a generational transition for the USWNT, with head coach Vlatko Andonovski overseeing the turnover. “Coming off the Olympics, we – obviously grateful to get a medal but obviously that wasn’t the medal we set out to get – I think we’re kind of out to get ready to get back out and re-prove ourselves,” Lavelle said. “I think hopefully we’ll be seeing new faces in camp because it’s always good to bring in some, like, good players who can push everyone here and push for spots. I think that’s what’s made this team so great and successful, and what makes this environment so hard. There’s always somebody knocking on the door, ready to take your spot. I think there’s a lot of really, really good players performing in the (NWSL) that hopefully will get brought in and continue to raise the level.”
Carli Lloyd scores five in United States’ runaway friendly win over Paraguay
Sep 16, 2021ESPN The United States women’s national team completely outclassed Paraguay in a 9-0 friendly win in Cleveland on Thursday night, with Carli Lloyd netting five goals in a runaway victory for Vlatko Andonovski’s side.The match marked the start of Lloyd’s farewell tour, with the U.S. veteran forward playing four matches with the national team after announcing her retirement in August.Lloyd got the start and immediately handed the U.S. the lead with a glancing header from a corner kick before firing in from close range to stake the Americans to a 2-0 advantage before the five-minute mark.Paraguay dug in to weather the U.S. pressure and did well for the next 20 minutes until Andi Sullivan tapped home at the back post and Lloyd added two more to get to four on the night and stake the Americans to a 6-0 lead at the break.The U.S. started the second half the way it finished the first — scoring goals — with Sullivan netting her second from a set piece with a flicked-on header that beat Paraguay keeper Cristina Recalde at her far post.Lloyd then added her fifth goal of the night, outjumping the Paraguay defense to power a header from a corner kick past Recalde to put the U.S. eight goals up.Tobin Heath, who joined Arsenal in the Women’s Super League this summer, came off the bench to score the ninth for the U.S., settling a long ball over the top of the Paraguay defense and easily slotting home.The match was the U.S. women’s first return to action since winning the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer.Paraguay and the U.S. will play another friendly on Sept. 21
Three talking points from the Premier League weekend
John WEAVERSun, September 19, 2021, 4:06 PM·3 min read
Three talking points from the Premier League weekend
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United maintained their fearsome pace at the top of the Premier League at the weekend but early pacesetters Tottenham stumbled again.Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday before United responded with a drama-filled 2-1 win at West Ham and Chelsea beat Spurs 3-0 to leave all three clubs locked on 13 points.
Manchester City squandered two points at home to Southampton in a 0-0 stalemate while Brighton continue to impress, beating Leicester 2-1 to sit fourth in the table. AFP Sport picks out three talking points from the action in the English top-flight.
Liverpool still the real deal
— Jurgen Klopp’s side enjoyed a storming end to last season as they clinched a Champions League spot, even in the absence of talismanic defender Virgil van Dijk, who was injured.
But they look even better now with the Dutchman back at the heart of their defence and senior centre-backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip also fit again.
The Reds have conceded just once in their opening five Premier League matches — in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea — winning their other four games with an aggregate score of 11-0.
The 2020 champions had a quiet transfer window as their rivals splashed the cash and they could come to regret the departures of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and forward Xherdan Shaqiri, particularly in light of an injury to teenager Harvey Elliott.
Liverpool do not boast the squad depth of some of their rivals but their first team is a match for anybody, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scoring freely.
If they can keep their main men fit they will feel confident they can win the Premier League for the second time in three years and equal Manchester United’s record of 20 top-flight titles.
— Thomas Tuchel can do no wrong at Chelsea.
The German transformed the fortunes of the London club in his first season in charge, taking Chelsea to their second Champions League triumph in May.
Now, with new recruit Romelu Lukaku leading the line, they are many pundits’ favourites to win the Premier League for the first time since 2017.
Chelsea did not even need goals from their forwards against Spurs on Sunday, with defenders Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger, plus midfielder N’Golo Kante, chipping in with the goals.
The Stamford Bridge side have already played Arsenal, Liverpool and now Spurs and are looking ominous but Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta urged the team to keep their feet on the ground.
“We have played some top teams and have got results in these first few games but we have to be humble,” he told Sky Sports.
Spurs, after a bright start to the season, are heading in the wrong direction after shipping six goals in their past two games and new boss Nuno Espirito Santo needs to stop the rot quickly.
Sancho seeks a role at Man Utd
— For a few short weeks Jadon Sancho was the eye-catching summer signing at Manchester United, finally through the door at Old Trafford after a protracted transfer saga.
Then came Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar has hit the ground running, scoring four times in three games since his return to the club while Sancho has yet to even register an assist.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer argues that the former Borussia Dortmund man, at 21, is still learning the game.
But Sancho has not yet completed a single match in any competition for United and made minimal impact after coming on as a late substitute against West Ham at the London Stadium.
United have a galaxy of attacking talent and the England international will be keen to make his mark sooner rather than later as he tries to justify his £73 million ($100 million) fee.
Three takeaways from Seattle Sounders’ dramatic Leagues Cup semifinal triumph
By Ari Liljenwall @AriLiljenwallWednesday, Sep 15, 2021, 02:33 AM
SEATTLE – It doesn’t get much more dramatic than that.
The Seattle Sounders are through to the 2021 Leagues Cup Final after a heart-pounding 1-0 victory over Liga MX side Santos Laguna at Lumen Field on Tuesday, delivered by a last-second goal from star striker Raul Ruidiaz in the waning moments of second-half stoppage time.
The late rebound tally set off a wild celebration at Lumen Field and sets the Sounders up with a title bout against the winner of Wednesday’s second semifinal between Club Leon and Pumas UNAM, on September 22 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Here are three takeaways following Seattle’s memorable finish.
A result well-earned
The final score may have been 1-0 but make no mistake, this was a back-and-forth, well-played soccer match that put quality on display from both sides.
Santos Laguna gave the Sounders everything they could handle throughout the night, especially in the second half, notably coming within inches of opening the scoring themselves in the 65th minute when Diego Valdes ripped a vicious free kick past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei and off the post. The Liga MX side were supremely disciplined on defense, especially in transition where they managed to keep Seattle’s counterattacks at bay until the very last play of the match.Simply put, that was just a good soccer game, the type of spectacle we all hope to see whenever MLS and Liga MX sides face off, whether it’s in the Leagues Cup, Concacaf Champions League or otherwise.”That was an entertaining soccer game for me,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said after the match. “I know I was a little nervous on the bench and it was fast, but that first 45 minutes, it was like 15 minutes because the game was so fast. So credit to Guillermo [Almada], he has a tremendous team.
“I think every single person in this organization should be happy with what was in my eyes a really great result against a very well-coached, well-organized team in Santos Laguna.”
Another Ruidiaz masterpiece
We’re running out of superlatives for Ruidiaz at this point. The Peruvian standout’s goal-scoring exploits are well-known to MLS fans by now, but his propensity for scoring clutch goals is what truly makes him one of the league’s most lethal and feared strikers.
The stage simply doesn’t faze him, as has been demonstrated repeatedly since his 2018 arrival in Seattle throughout regular-season play (where he’s currently leading the Golden Boot presented by Audi race), the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and now in Leagues Cup.
As Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan noted after the match, Ruidiaz relished the opportunity to compete against opposition from the league where he previously starred for Atlético Morelia, winning a pair of Liga MX Golden Boots. Whoever the opponent is, you can bet Ruidiaz will bring that same energy and intensity in next week’s final.
“I think it’s mentality,” Roldan said at his postgame press conference. “You can see him become different when it’s a big moment. When we’re playing a Mexican side or when he has ties on the other team, there’s a little bit extra that he gives. You saw it in the LAFC game in 2019, I could see it in the All-Star game. You see it in moments like today.
“He was dangerous all game. It was unfortunate that he didn’t score another one in the first half but at the end of the day he’s a goal-scorer and he’ll find his way to score a goal.”
“This is our moment”
The Leagues Cup is still in its infancy as a tournament, but with this win, the Sounders now find themselves in position to achieve an accomplishment that has eluded them as an MLS club: Win an international tournament.
A final in Las Vegas gives Seattle a chance to make some history, both for the club and for the league, which is looking for its first Leagues Cup winner in this competition’s second edition. That, along with obvious storylines revolving around bragging rights between the rival leagues, are sure to lead conversations in both countries in the buildup to the final.
For Schmetzer, the trick will be figuring out how to maintain the balance between using this opportunity as motivation and not letting Seattle get too caught up in the moment. The veteran Sounders coach is certainly keen to not get swept up in the external narratives around the game.
“We’re caught up in the Seattle Sounders moment, that’s what we’re caught up in,” Schmetzer said. “This is our moment, it’s not Liga MX against MLS. You guys can write that story. What I’m writing is we are in another final, this organization, this club’s in another final. There are hundreds of storylines for this game: Fredy Montero started with us in 2009, he’s back and playing an important role for our success. How good is Raul Ruidiaz? There’s an easy storyline for you, that’s a layup for you.
“We did that without Nico [Lodeiro], without Nouhou today – I purposely kept those guys out because they had some soreness. This club is doing it in many different ways with many different lineups. You guys can write up what you want.”