9/27/21  Champions League Tues/Wed on CBSSN, Sectional start next week for area high schools, Indy 11 home Sat 7 pm

Champions League is Back Tues/Wed

Champions League is back with Match-day 2 this week on Paramount plus and the Goalazo Show on CBS Sports Network.  The Pregame will start at 2 pm for the 3 pm kickoffs Tues/Wed with the Goalazo show – showing goals from all the games starting at 3 pm on CBSSN.  Each of the games can be watched on Paramount plus ($5 a month) as well.  Again I have been pleased with both the pregame and post game coverage on CBSSN and Paramount plus – sucks we have to pay now – but the coverage is MUCH BETTER than Peacock which doesn’t allow you to rewind at all.  Featured games on Tuesday are of course PSG and Messi vs Man City and his former coach Pep Guardiola at 3 pm.  American’s planning include TTyler Adams should be on for RB Leipzig hosting Club Brugge, and Reyna should be in for Dortmund vs Sporting both at 3 pm.  AC Milan faces Atletico Madrid as well.  Wednesday gives us American’s McKinney for Juventus and Pulisic for Chelsea  (though Pulisic probably won’t play) at 3 pm, while Brendan Aaronson for RB Salzeburg hosts Lille and Tim Weah also at 3 pm.  Young Boys American Jordan Pfuk scored last time out and will look to score again as they Atalanta in Italy Wed at 12:45 pm, while the other big game Wed in Man United hosting Villareal at 3 pm Wed. 

Indy 11 Returns home Sat vs Atlanta United 2 –7 pm & MyIndy TV 23, ESPN+

The 11 have a chance to move up the rankings though with a huge home match vs Atlanta United this Sat at 7 pm. It will be Spanish Heritage Night at the Mike.    

High School Sectionals Starting Soon

The 3rd ranked CHS Varsity girls host Sectionals starting next week at Murray Stadium.  Coming off a tough 0-2 loss at home to Noblesville last week – the CHS Girls will look to rebound during sectionals and hope for a rematch down the road.  The Carmel Boys defeated Guerin 3-0 last week as they head to sectionals at Westfield High ranked 10th in the state.   State Rankings going into sectionals.   

Champions League TV schedule

All times Eastern.

Tuesday, September 28

12:45 pm EDT

Ajax Amsterdam vs. Beşiktaş

Paramount+, Galavisión, fubo TV

12:45 pm EDT

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester City

Paramount+, Univision, TUDN, fubo TV

03:00 pm EDT

RB Leipzig (Adams) vs. Club Brugge

Paramount+, TUDNxtra, fubo TV

03:00 pm EDT

AC Milan vs. Atletico Madrid

Paramount+, TUDNxtra, fubo TV

03:00 pm EDT

Borussia Dortmund (Reyna) vs. Sporting CP

Paramount+, TUDNxtra, fubo TV

03:00 pm EDT

FC Porto vs. Liverpool

Paramount+, TUDNxtra, fubo TV  03:00 pm EDT

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Inter Milan

Paramount+, UniMás, TUDN, fubo TV  03:00 pm EDT

Real Madrid vs. Sheriff Tiraspol Paramount+, PrendeTV  3pm 

Wednesday, September 29

12:45 pm EDT

Atalanta vs. BSC Young Boys  (American Pfuk)

Paramount+, UniMás, TUDN, fubo TV  12:45 pm EDT

Juventus vs. Chelsea

Paramount+, TUDNxtra, fubo TV  3 pm

RB Salzburg (Aaronson) vs. Lille (Tim Weah)

Paramount+, TUDNxtra, fubo TV 03:00 pm EDT

Manchester United vs. Villarreal

Paramount+, UniMás, TUDN, fubo TV 03:00 pm EDT

Bayern Munich vs. Dynamo Kiev

Paramount+, TUDNxtra, fubo TV  03:00 pm EDT

Benfica vs. Barcelona

Paramount+, PrendeTV  03:00 pm EDT

VfL Wolfsburg vs. Sevilla FC

Paramount+, TUDNxtra, fubo TV 03:00 pm EDT

Zenit St Petersburg vs. Malmö

Paramount+, Galavisión, fubo TV    03:00 pm EDT

Columbus Crew v Cruz Azul, 8p on ESPN2, TUDN, Univision, fuboTV, Sling TV: Gyasi Zardes and MLS champion Columbus face Liga MX champions Cruz Azul in the Campeones Cup.

MLS —

  • Atlanta United v Inter Miami, 7p on ESPN+ (free trial): Miles Robinson, George Bello, and Brad Guzan match up with Robbie Robinson.
  • CF Montréal v New England Revolution, 7p on ESPN+: Matt Turner will try to prevent more Djordje Mihailovic assists in this one.
  • FC Dallas v Sporting KC, 8p on ESPN+, fcdallas.com: The Huntsmen feature some of MLS’ best young talent, including Ricardo Pepi, Jesús Ferreira, Paxton Pomykal, and Justin Che.
  • San Jose Earthquakes v Seattle Sounders, 10:30p on ESPN+, Prime Video: Cristian Roldan and Josh Atencio, who has been impressing for the Sounders, face a San Jose squad with Cade Cowell and Jackson Yueill. Jordan Morris is edging closer to making his Sounders return.

Thursday

  • Lyon v Brøndby IF, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Christian Cappis and Brøndby have a solid foe in Europa League.
  • Marseille v Galatasaray, 3p on TUDN, UniMás, Paramount+, fuboTV, Univision NOW: Konrad de la Fuente and Marseille host DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray in Europe League.
  • Celtic v Bayer Leverkusen, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Cameron Carter-Vickers will face a fast-paced Bundesliga attack in this Europa matchup.

Also in action:

  • Sturm Graz v PSV, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: PSV continues their Europa campaign without Richie Ledezma.
  • Antwerp v Eintracht Frankfurt, 12:45p, Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Timmy Chandler and Frankfurt face Antwerp in Europa League. Antwerp is without Sam Vines due to a serious injury.
  • Zorya v Roma, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Bryan Reynolds attempts to work his way into José Mourinho’s plans with this Conference League match.
  • Ferencváros v Real Betis, 3p on Galavision, Paramount+, fuboTV, Sling TV, TUDN.com, Univision NOW: Henry Wingo faces a La Liga opponent in Europa.
  • Genk v Dinamo Zagreb, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Mark McKenzie and Genk are at home to Zagreb in Europa.

Champions League

Guardiola and Messi meet again as PSG take on Man City
Messi set to return as PSG and Man City go head to head

Man City boss Guardiola unsure how to stop fearsome PSG attack

PSG still ‘a work in progress’ for Pochettino after Messi arrival

Rebic emerging from Zlatan’s shadow as Atletico await

Juve beat Sampdoria but have Dybala worries ahead of Chelsea visit

Liverpool need to show Champions League reaction after Brentford mishaps: Klopp
Ajax star Haller takes to Champions League in style
Simeone calls for Atletico to ‘evolve and change’

Real Madrid liberated by Ancelotti return but tougher tests await

USA


USMNT Big Board: Will Pepi, Hoppe join Pulisic in Qatar?
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Jeff Carlisle  ESPNFC
USMNT’s Weah sets up two goals for Canada’s David in Lille win 

USMNT’s Dest shines in Barcelona blowout; Fati scores on return 

Christian Pulisic remains out with injury

Miazga, Weah, Scally, Pefok, & Harkes lead mixed weekend for Yanks abroad

USMNT’s De La Fuente chasing his dream in Marseille

Looking ahead to October qualifiers: what could the USMNT roster look like?

Building an October World Cup Qualifying Roster – S&S

What the first round of World Cup Qualifying says about the USMNT

CONCACAF sets critical 2022 Summer tournament to qualify for both U-20 WC and Olympics

USWNT vs. Paraguay: A glimpse at the future  S&S

Why Do We Even Play these Games US Ladies ??   The 18 – Good Question – I didn’t watch !!

September 2021 International Friendly: USA 8-0 Paraguay – Pasta, chili, and goals S&S By Parker Cleveland

Heath Thrilled to Join Childhood Dream Team – Arsenal

WORLD


Was Chelsea’s approach wrong vs. Man City? PLUS: Arsenal thump Spurs, Fati’s return for Barcelona
 
4hGabriele Marcotti
10 things we learned in the Premier League – Matchweek 6

Perfect Napoli reclaim top spot, Lazio squeeze past Mourinho’s Roma in derby
Fernandes vows to keep taking penalties after Villa misery

Spurs ‘lost complete control’ in loss as Tottenham ‘got smashed’ by Arsenal

Mexico star Raul Jimenez bags first Wolves goal since skull fracture

Freiburg down Augsburg to stay unbeaten in Bundesliga

MLS & Indy 11

MLS Power Rankings: Seattle cements its superiority in the West

Stam leaves Cincinnati after one win in 16

Sounders top Sporting KC, regain top spot in West

Sounders fend off conference rivals Sporting KC for the win

MLS Standings –

 
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Gallery: Hoppenot, Lancaster tallies power LouCity to win at Indy Eleven

Christian Pulisic remains out with injury

Joe Prince-WrightSun, September 26, 2021, 5:50 AM·3 min read

|Christian Pulisic is stepping up his return from injury, but he won’t be ready for Saturday’s Premier League title clash between Chelsea and Manchester City, as Thomas Tuchel has confirmed the USMNT star’s ankle injury is not yet fully recovered.“Christian Pulisic is still out,” Tuchel said during his pre-match press conference on Friday.There is some positive news about his recovery, though, as the Chelsea winger missed the win at Tottenham but after that victory, Thomas Tuchel provided an update to ProSoccerTalk.Pulisic, 23, suffered an ankle injury in the USMNT’s 4-1 win at Honduras on Sept. 9 and has been out since.But Chelsea hope to have him back very soon.

What is the latest Christian Pulisic injury update?

Asked by ProSoccerTalk about a possible timeline for Pulisic’s return, Tuchel said that the League Cup game against Aston Villa on Wednesday would come too soon for Pulisic.Tuchel added that Pulisic is working hard at Chelsea’s training ground, and his fitness status depends on how that session went.“I think for Christian the game against Aston Villa [in the Carabao Cup in midweek] is maybe a bit too close,” Tuchel said. “I hope that I’m wrong but this is my impression. He’s not in training so far but let’s see tomorrow. Maybe if he had a good progression today, maybe it’s possible. It would be super nice for us to have him but for me it’s a bit doubtful.”However, Pulisic did not feature against Villa or against Manchester City on Saturday, as he battles to be fit for the upcoming international break.Chelsea travel to Juventus on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in a massive UEFA Champions League clash, as Pulisic will hope to take on his good friend and USMNT teammate Weston McKennie.Check out the full video above of Tuchel speaking to us post-game.

What has been going on with Pulisic this season?

The Pennsylvanian winger had only just returned from a spell out due to testing positive for COVID-19 as he then had to work his way back to full fitness.Pulisic started the 2021-22 domestic season well, as he scored a penalty kick in Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup final win and scored in the opening day win against Crystal Palace.However, as has been the case for much of his young career, injuries have hampered his fast start to the new season and he hasn’t played for the Blues in over a month.

Good news for USMNT

Whenever Pulisic returns for Chelsea, it seems like he will be fit to play in their World Cup qualifiers in October.That is, obviously, great news for Gregg Berhalter. The USMNT face Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica in October and they look like being pivotal clashes as the latter two nations have started well in qualifying.Pulisic wore the captains armband in two of the USMNT’s three World Cup qualifiers last month (he only played in two after missing the game at El Salvador) and is clearly the talisman for the Stars and Stripes.Even a 75 percent fit Pulisic has to start for the USMNT.

USWNT vs. Paraguay: A glimpse at the future

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For the second match vs. Paraguay, we saw a new lineup, and with it, some glorious, free flowing soccer. Is this what the future looks like for the USWNT?

By Adnan Ilyas@Adnan7631  Sep 23, 2021, 12:29pm PDT

The USWNT just played two games against Paraguay in Ohio and, quite frankly, I really don’t have much to say about the two matches. The team won 9-0 in Cleveland before winning 8-0 in Cincinnati. Combined with the upcoming two matches against South Korea, such goalfests surely are an appropriate way to celebrate (or perhaps mourn) a bronze medal performance at the Olympics and the end of Carli Lloyd’s distinguished international career. But their ability to tell us much about the national team itself is unfortunately limited. With all due respect to their program, Paraguay is not a stern enough test to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the best team in the world.However, there was one thing that stood out, particularly in the Cincinnati game. Due to a mixture of injuries, rotations, and other absences, we saw a starting lineup without most of the most veteran players. Take a look of this partial list of players who either missed out entirely or only came on as a substitute:

Carli Lloyd (39)
Becky Sauerbrunn (36)
Megan Rapinoe (36)
Christen Press (32)
Tobin Heath (33)
Kelley O’Hara (33)

These are some seriously significant players. These six names have comfortably over 1,000 caps between themselves. These players have been among the defining parts of the USWNT for a decade. Yet, here was a lineup without them. This signals a point of transition. It’s not going to happen immediately, but we are going to see these players start to be phased out. It’s already starting to happen what with Lloyd’s impending retirement. And frankly, this change is needed. During the Olympics, the WNT was frequently criticized for a lack of dynamism, particularly in attack. And for all their strengths, players don’t develop that kind of energy in their mid 30s.Of course, this begs the question of who takes their place. Tuesday night, we saw Catarina Macario and Sophia Smith, both 21 years old, start and score. Joining them were Mal Pugh and Rose Lavelle, who are 23 and 26, respectively. Finally, at striker was Alex Morgan, 32. That front six was fluid and confident, able to move the ball rapidly and to seize whatever opportunity they could get, and quick to recover possession when they lost it. Where the first match was dominated by Lloyd’s offensive ability, the second saw the attacking load distributed across the team (with Lavelle particularly doing the distributing). This could very well be what the future of the team looks like.At this point, I would like to take a step back. The men’s team similarly underwent a large and rapid transition, with players in their 30s being replaced by ones in their teens and early 20s. That’s not going to happen with the women’s team; that’s just not their culture. The USWNT has always been a heavily veteran group, and that’s not changing. Sauerbrunn and Rapinoe might be moving towards the twilight of their careers, but they aren’t just going to disappear from the national team. Same for the other players in their 30s. These players will be here for years to come. And that’s to say nothing about some of the other seriously experienced players. While they didn’t feature on Tuesday, the likes of Lindsey Horan, Crystal Dunn, Sam Mewis, and Julie Ertz are not going anywhere, with all of them still currently in their late 20s. The USWNT is not going to suddenly and dramatically change. This is a program that slowly integrates players in and replaces key roles with players who are already established in the program.Still, that lineup in Cincinnati signals that something is changing. And it may well have even been a glimpse into the team’s future.

MLS Power Rankings: New England holds steady on top, Seattle cements its superiority in the West

11:51 AM ET Kyle Bonagura     Jeff Carlisle

1. New England Revolution

Previous ranking: 1

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Revs got back to winning ways, beating Chicago 3-2 in midweek and then Orlando 2-1 as Adam Buksa scored one goal and forced an own goal on a second. Goalkeeper Matt Turner remains a penalty kick master, saving this time from Nani, but conceded a goal for the third game running in which he got a hand to the shot. A crack in the granite perhaps? — Carlisle

2. Seattle Sounders

Previous ranking: 2

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Considering where it came on the schedule, the Sounders’ 2-1 win at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday was their biggest win of the season. Cristian Roldan and Will Bruin‘s goals give Seattle a two-point lead over SKC in the Western Conference with a game in hand. The teams play against on Oct. 23. — Bonagura

3. Nashville SC

Previous ranking: 6

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 vs. Orlando, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Nashville wasn’t exactly scintillating in attack in a 0-0 draw with Chicago, but on a day when both Hany Mukhtar and C.J. Sapong were rested, perhaps that was to be expected. With the point, as well as the 5-1 hammering of Miami in midweek, Nashville solidified its hold on second place in the Eastern Conference. — Carlisle

4. Colorado Rapids

Previous ranking: 3

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 vs. Austin, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN+

A goalless draw with Toronto, the worst defensive team in MLS, feels more like a loss for Colorado, which would have ended the week in second place in the West with a win. Still, the Rapids haven’t lost in 11 matches. — Bonagura

5. Sporting Kansas City

Previous ranking: 4

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 at Dallas. 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+

With Seattle coming to Children’s Mercy Park — and having just played in the Leagues Cup final on Wednesday — Sunday was a huge opportunity for Sporting to take control in the Western Conference. Instead, things swung the other way in a 2-1 defeat. — Bonagura

6. Philadelphia Union

Previous ranking: 7

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 at Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

The Union delivered an impressive performance in beating previously high-flying Atlanta 1-0, as Philadelphia’s defense stifled the Five Stripes’ attack. After going nearly two months without a goal, Kacper Przybylko now has three in his past two games, including Saturday’s game-winner. — Carlisle

7. Atlanta United FC

Previous ranking: 5

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 vs. Miami, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Atlanta’s fine run of form came to a temporary halt, despite the heroics of goalkeeper Brad Guzan, in a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia. The absence of striker Josef Martinez due to “knee soreness” will be something to keep an eye on going forward. — Carlisle

8. Portland Timbers

Previous ranking: 11

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 at LAFC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Portland remains one of the hottest teams in the league and used an emphatic 6-1 win against Real Salt Lake to move into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. The Timbers have won five games during a six-game unbeaten run ahead of stretch against three struggling teams: LAFC, Miami and the LA Galaxy— Bonagura

9. Minnesota United

Previous ranking: 12

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Robin Lod and Ethan Finlay both scored in a comfortable 2-0 win against Houston. Lod’s goal came just 51 seconds into the game — the Loons’ fastest strike since joining MLS in 2017 — and now the team has a pair of away games this week against D.C. and Dallas. — Bonagura

10.New York City FC

Previous ranking: 8

Next MLS match: Sept. 29 at Chicago, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN+

It was a head-in-the-hands week for NYCFC. Just minutes from a road win against the Red Bulls, the Cityzens conceded a penalty deep into stoppage time and were forced to settle for a draw. Then they fell at home 1-0 against their rivals, despite creating numerous chances. Now NYCFC find themselves brought back into the mire of the Eastern Conference postseason race. — Carlisle

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