4/24/22  Indy 11 home today on ESPND, Champ League Semis Tue/Wed, MLS Trio today on TV

Indy 11 on ESPN Desportes & TV 23 Today/Sunday at 5 pm vs Orange County SC

Indy Eleven extended its winning streak to two games and unbeaten streak to four tonight with a 2-1 win over Atlanta United 2 at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. The Blues were hot early and late, going ahead on a Nicky Law goal in the 12th minute before finishing the job in dramatic fashion in stoppage time on Aris Briggs’ 92nd minute game-winner. The first home win of 2022 kicked off a five-of-six game home stint for the Boys in Blue that will run through the end of May. That run continues TODAY against defending USL Championship title-winner Orange County SC on Faith & Family Night. The match-up at “The Mike” will mark Indy Eleven’s lone USL on ESPN appearance of 2022, with the 5:30 p.m. kickoff airing live on ESPN Desportes. Tix available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. In other USL News former CFC GK Coach and former Indy 11 GK Jordan Farr was voted to the had the Save of the Week in all of US Soccer with this spectacular double save to help San Antonio beat MLS side Austin FC to advance to the next round of the US Open Cup where they face Houston.  


Indy 11 wins again 2-1 vs Atlanta 2

Faith & Family Night

Former GK Jordan Farr with Double Save

Farr save from behind goal

USMNT Hosts Morocco in Cincy June 5th

The US returns to The Queen City on Wed, June 5th as the US will host fellow World Cup team Morocco – these were the scenes last time Cincy hosted a US Game. The US GK discussion goes full alert mode after Zach Steffan’s howler vs Liverpool in the FA Cup last weekend.  I still think Matt Turner is our #1 GK – he’s our top shot-stopper and in World Cup play that is what matters.  Of course the news that Poland is looking to woo the the US GK of the future, the 17 year-old who leads the MLS in clean sheets, GAGA Gabriel Slonina of the Chicago Fire is alarming. If I am Berhalter – I have him on the roster for Nations League play this summer and get him some playing time against weaker foes.  Pulisic’s late winner saves Chelsea

Starting a New Thing this week – I like to call AH REFFING 

As as ref – I get to see some strange things on the field sometimes from idiots arguing their dogs sitting 3 feet from the field with U12 kids playing, to coaches questioning throw-ins like its life or death.  I thought I would start this at least once a month AH REFFING Segment where I could feature some reffing around the world things. Lets start with this no no – Yellow Card followed by selfie ,  here the ref blows the call in the Arsenal vs Chelsea. 

Champions League Final 4 Tues/Wed on CBS

The Champions League Semi-finals kickoff this week – with Man City hosting Real Madrid on Tues at 3 pm on CBS. Gotta love this celebration from Villareal now they host perhaps the hottest team in the World Liverpool on Wed at 3 pm on CBS.  Preview.  Read all about it below in the OBC. 

Around the World

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo thanked Liverpool supporters for their display of support in Tuesday’s Premier League meeting between the teams, which he missed due to the death of his newborn son. Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, had announced in October they were expecting twins, but said on Monday that one of the two babies had died. Ronaldo was given a standing ovation by fans in the seventh minute of the match at Anfield, with Liverpool fans singing: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” while their United counterparts applauded. I TRULY LOVE THIS GAME – ESPECIALLY WHEN IT TRANSENDS SPORT! Look at this spectacular pass by Liverpool’s Mo Salah to Mane

Big Games to Watch

Gotta hate this double flop from last weekend but MLS will feature bigtime on Sunday with a triple header on National TV.  Inter Miami hosts Atlanta United at 1 pm on ESPN, followed by Orlando vs NY Red bull at 3:30 pm.  Finally Cincy hosts LAFC at 5 pm of FS1.  The NWSL wraps up the final weekend of the Challenge Cup with Racing Louisville traveling to Houston on CBS Sports Network before Angel City hosts Portland at 9 pm on Paramount plus. Here the Family and I enjoyed our first NWSL game at the San Diego Wave stadium as Alex Morgan scored right in front of us.   Monday gives us Leeds United and US coach Jesse Marsch trying to keep them up as they travel to Crystal Palace – currently they stand 3 pts clear of the last 3 Everton.  Tuesday the CONCACAF Champions League has Seattle looking to become the first MLS team to win the competition as they travel to PUMAS.  Seattle Sounders v Pumas Match Preview,

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(American’s in parenthesis)

Sun,  Apr 24

1 pm  ESPN                             Inter Miami vs Atlanta United              

3:30 pm ESPN                         Orlando SF vs NY Red Bulls

5 pm FS1                                 Cincy vs LAFC

5 pm My TV 23                        Indy 11 vs Orange Co. @ the Mike

6 pm CBSSN                           Racing Louisville vs Houston Dash NWSL

9 pm Para+                              Angel City vs Portland Thorns

Mon,  Apr 25

3 pm USA                                Crystal Palace vs Leeds United (Jesse Marsch)    

Tue Apr 26 – Champs League

3 pm CBS                               Man City vs Real Madrid

Wed Apr 27 – Champs League

3 pm CBS                               Villareal vs Liverpool  

7:30 pm FS1                         Pumas vs Seattle Sounders

Thurs, Apr 28  – Europa League

8:45 am USA                           Man United vs Chelsea(Pulisic)

3 Para+                                    RB Leipzig (Adams) vs Rangers (Carter Vickers )

3 Para +                                   West Ham United vs Frankfurt (Chandler)

3 pm Pata+                             Leicester City vs Roma


Pulisic’s late winner saves Chelsea

Pep Defends US GK Zack Steffan after howler

Zach Steffan the Discussion – Lalas

The US is Returning to Cincy June 5 vs Morroco

US has its Work Cut out for it – The 18

US Goalkeeper MLS Chicago Star being courted by Poland

Scenes from Azteca

Why can’t more American soccer coaches get hired in Europe?  ESPN Noah Davis

US Ladies learn draw for WCQ this summer  

The Best Family at our first NWSL Game in San Diego – had a blast and Alex scored! Me repping our Indy 11! More Pics

Champions League

3 biggest keys to victory for Real Madrid vs. Manchester City in the first leg

Real Madrid Starting XI Prediction vs. Manchester City for Champions League semifinal first leg

Real Madrid Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead of Manchester …

Preview: Manchester City vs. Real Madrid – Sports Mole

Villareal are demanding respect from ‘humble’ Liverpool ahead of European

Any smug Liverpool fans should read the small print on Unai Emery – he was born

Champions League talking points: Is Liverpool-Man City final inevitable?

Simeone proud after Atletico’s UCL exit to City


Yellow Card followed by selfie

ref blows the call in the Arsenal vs Chelsea. 

You Make the Call

You make the call – Sporting KC vs Columbus Crew


Look at this spectacular pass by Liverpool’s Mo Salah to Mane – wow. 

ESPN’s Watchability Rankings: Europe’s most fun teams, from Barcelona to Liverpool


Carmel FC Goalkeeper training up right – a little diving on Thursday afternoon at Badger Field ! The Oleballcoach and Coach Noelle Wolfson coaching up the GKs for Carmel FC each week.

Zach Steffan’s howler vs Liverpool

GAGA US 17 Year Old Sensation is MLS Clean Sheet leader for Chicago Fire

Best Premier League Saves March 2022

Best Saves 2022

Saves of the Week NWSL

Crazy GK Mistakes

Aris Briggs’ Dramatic Winner in Stoppage Time Pushes Indy’s Unbeaten Run to Four Games, Win Streak to Two

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, April 16, 2022) – Indy Eleven extended its winning streak to two games and unbeaten streak to four tonight with a 2-1 win over Atlanta United 2 at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. Indiana’s Team was hot early and late, going ahead on a Nicky Law goal in the 12th minute before finishing the job in dramatic fashion in stoppage time on Aris Briggs’ 92nd minute game-winner.The first home win of 2022 kicked off a five-of-six game home stint for the Boys in Blue that will run through the end of May. That run continues next Sunday, April 24, against defending USL Championship title-winner Orange County SC on Faith & Family Night, presented by He Gets Us.The Boys in Blue started the match firing on all cylinders, their first prime scoring chance coming in the 10th minute. Forward Stefano Pinho, who netted three of the team’s four goals leading up to the match, was fouled towards the top of the area by Atlanta’s Nelson Orji, who was awarded a yellow card for the act. It would be midfielder Law who took the free kick from roughly 20 yards away, knocking it into the right side of goal to put Indy up in the 12th minute. Atlanta generated its first scoring chance soon after, with midfielder Erik Centeno’s shot sailing wide left of the net. Indy kept its foot on the gas, with a slew of chances around the 20-minute mark that got the Brickyard Battalion on their feet, including a beautiful delivery from Bryam Rebellon to Pinho that sailed just right of the goal. Late chances by Pinho and Raul Aguilera would narrowly go over the crossbar, and the score remained 1-0 in favor of Indy heading into the halftime break.The Boys in Blue picked up right where they left off to start the second half, with Law delivering a pass to Pinho to create a chance and an ensuing corner kick. Atlanta responded with a chance of its own, as Centeno nearly caught Indy goaltender Elliot Panicco off-guard on a tough-angled shot that caught the wind and forced the netminder to spike the ball over the bar to keep it out of goal. Indy’s next chance came on a 50-yard dash down the field from Fjeldberg in the 60th minute, but his impressive run and central cut ended with a wide effort.Atlanta’s attack came to life in the middle of the second half, and the persistence soon paid off. Forward Jackson Conway scored the equalizing goal in the 68th minute on a feed from substitute Grant Howard, evening the score at 1-1. Indy responded strongly by generating several chances, including a pretty shot from Fjeldberg that Atlanta goaltender Justin Garces just got his fingertips on to make the save. Following a questionable penalty no-call when Rebellon went to ground under heavy contact in the area, head coach Mark Lowry made a slew of changes, inserting Ayoze, Manuel Arteaga, and Alex McQueen into the lineup in hopes of generating a late offensive push.Lowry’s substitutions did exactly that, as 11 of Indy’s 21 shots came after those 78th minute line change. In his first action at “The Mike” this season, Ayoze got things started by booting a corner kick towards the net in the 81st minute, with several shots resulting from his kick. It was Arteaga’s home debut as well, and he got the fans on their feet with two shots on goal in the 86th minute. The flurry of activity continued into the final minutes of regulation, with Pinho and Law both seeing shots ricochet off the post and out, while Arteaga’s fourth shot in just 12 minutes went awry. Five minutes of stoppage time would be added, and Indy quickly continued its offensive barrage. A give-and-go from Law and Arteaga in the 92nd minute gave Briggs an open lane, and he converted on Law’s pass from 10 yards out to give the Eleven a hard-earned lead. Briggs nearly put the nail in the coffin with a second two minutes later, only to see his 1-v-1 chance saved, but no insurance was necessary to allow the Boys in Blue a win in their second consecutive game. The first home win for Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry marked the first game of a three-game homestand, which continues with next Sunday’s 5:30 p.m. ET kickoff against Orange County SC. Tickets for all Indy Eleven regular season contests at IUPUI Carroll Stadium are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on ESPN Deportes, MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/943exitos.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 6
Indy Eleven  2 : 1  Atlanta United 2
Saturday, April 16, 2022
IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, IN

Scoring Summary:
IND – Nicky Law (unassisted) 12’
ATL – Jackson Conway (Grant Howard) 68’
IND – Aris Briggs (Nicky Law) 90’+2’

Disciplinary Summary:
ATL – Nelson Orji (yellow card) 10’
IND – A.J. Cochran (yellow card) 14’
IND – Sam Brown (yellow card) 27’
IND – Jonas Fjeldberg (yellow card) 29’
ATL – Howard Grant (yellow card) 90’+5’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Elliot Panicco; Jared Timmer, A.J. Cochran (captain), Mechack Jerome, Bryam Rebellon (Alex McQueen 78’); Sam Brown (Justin Ingram 45’), Raul Aguilera, Noah Powder (Ayoze 78’), Nicky Law; Jonas Fjeldberg (Miguel Arteaga 78’), Stefano Pinho (Aris Briggs 88’IND substitutes: Tim Trilk (GK), Karl Ouimette

USWNT Learns Its Group Stage Opponents For World Cup And Olympic Qualifying


IT’S MEXICO, JAMAICA AND HAITI FOR THE DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPIONS. The draw is complete and we now know the USWNT schedule for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, which serves as the qualifying tournament for both the 2023 World Cup in Australia/New Zealand and the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. 

This will be the 10th edition of the competition with the USWNT winning it on eight occasions, including the last two. In 2018, the U.S. won all five of its matches by a combined scoreline of 26-0. Canada is the only nation to disrupt the American’s dominance, winning it in 1998 and 2010. The only other Concacaf nations to reach the final are Mexico and Costa Rica (Brazil and New Zealand previously made it as guests). As the reigning Olympic gold medalist, Canada again serves as the USWNT’s main rival. However, the U.S. heads Group A and Canada leads Group B, meaning the two nations couldn’t possibly meet until the knockout rounds with World Cup qualification already secure.

The top two finishers from each group qualify for the World Cup while the third-place teams advance to the inter-confederation playoffs. However, only the tournament winner qualifies directly for the Summer Olympics. The loser of the final faces the winner of the third place playoff for a spot in Paris, although that match won’t be contested until September. 

USWNT Schedule 2022 Concacaf W Championship

The tournament will be played between July 4-18 at Estadio BBVA (home of Monterrey) and Estadio Universitario (home of Tigres). CBS Sports has the broadcast rights to the tournament, so expect a lot of these matches to be on Paramount+. Kickoff times are TBD.

Group A

USWNT (FIFA Ranking: 1st) 

Mexico (FIFA Ranking: 27th) 

Opponent Breakdown: Mexico is attempting to qualify for its fourth World Cup and first since 2015. La Tri was bounced at the group stage in 2018 after losing to the U.S. (6-0) and Panama (2-0). The side is captained by Real Madrid defender Kenti Robles. 

Jamaica (FIFA Ranking: 51st)

Opponent Breakdown: Jamaica qualified for its first World Cup in 2019 after finishing third at the 2018 tournament. The Reggae Girlz beat Costa Rica and Cuba in the group stage and rebounded from a 6-0 loss to the USWNT in the semifinals by beating Panama in a dramatic penalty shootout in the third-place playoff. The team is captained by Manchester City forward Khadija “Bunny” Shaw. 

Haiti (FIFA Ranking: 61st)

Opponent Breakdown: Haiti has never qualified for the World Cup and is back at the W Championship after failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament. Les Grenadières have never advanced beyond the group stage. The side is captained by Montpellier forward Nérilia Mondésir. 

USWNT Concacaf W Championship Schedule

Monday, July 4: USWNT vs. Haiti (Estadio Universitario) 

Thursday, July 7: USWNT vs. Jamaica (Estadio BBVA)

Monday, July 11: USWNT vs. Mexico (Estadio Universitario) 

Thursday, July 14: Semifinals (Estadio Universitario)

Monday, July 18: Final and Third Place (Estadio BBVA)


  • June 1: JUST ANNOUNCED: USMNT vs. Morocco in Cincy’s beautiful TQL Stadium. Expect ticket details soon. Another friendly (likely Sunday, June 5) may be announced soon, too.
  • June 10: USMNT vs. Grenada in CONCACAF Nations League play. Home venue TBD.
  • June 14: USMNT @ El Salvador in CONCACAF Nations League play.
  • Late June: The USWNT will likely play two home friendlies ahead of the CONCACAF W Championship. We’ll keep you posted.
  • July 4: USWNT vs. Haiti in Monterrey, Mexico (W Championship group stage)
  • July 7: USWNT vs. Jamaica in Monterrey, Mexico (W Championship group stage)
  • July 11: USWNT vs. Mexico in Monterrey, Mexico (W Championship group stage)
  • July 14: W Championship semifinal
  • July 18: W Championship final/third place match
Pulisic scores game winner in 88th minute just 12 minutes after finally coming on for that Dummy coach Tuchel!!

Pulisic settles Chelsea’s top four nerves, Burnley out of relegation zone

London (AFP) – Christian Pulisic settled Chelsea’s top four nerves as his late goal sealed a dramatic 1-0 win against West Ham, while Burnley climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 1-0 victory against Wolves on Sunday.

With Liverpool looking to close the gap on leaders Manchester City to one point with a win against Merseyside rivals Everton later on Sunday, the focus in the early games was on the top four race and the relegation battle.

At Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel’s side looked set to endure more angst on home turf when Jorginho’s penalty was saved by Lukasz Fabianski in the final minutes.

But Pulisic came off the bench to inspire third placed Chelsea, lifting them seven points clear of fifth placed Tottenham in the fight to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top four finish.

A 4-2 defeat against Arsenal on Wednesday condemned Chelsea to three successive losses at the Bridge for the first time since 1993.

Tuchel admitted he had “no solution” for the “fragile” Chelsea defending that saw them concede 11 goals in their last three home games.

Concerned about Chelsea’s ability to hold onto their top four berth, Tuchel made three changes from the Arsenal game as Thiago Silva replaced Malang Sarr in that creaky defence. 

Silva helped solidify Chelsea’s rearguard and Pulisic’s last-gasp strike should ensure they hold onto a top four place.

West Ham boss David Moyes left Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio on the bench as he prioritised the club’s first European semi-final since 1976, against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.

Referencing the swathes of empty seats around the Bridge due to ticket restrictions imposed as part of the sanctions on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, West Ham fans chanted “just like the old days, there’s nobody here”.

– Pulisic late show –

Following a tepid first half, Chelsea were more dynamic after the break.

Fabianski clutched N’Golo Kante’s deflected effort and the West Ham keeper plunged to his left to turn away Trevoh Chalobah’s long-range rocket.

Timo Werner twice went close as he fired into the side-netting, then stretched to poke his shot straight at Fabianski.

In the 87th minute, Silva flicked a header towards Romelu Lukaku, prompting Craig Dawson to concede a penalty with a pull on the substitute.

Dawson was initially booked before being sent off after a VAR check, but West Ham avoided further punishment as Jorginho’s weak spot-kick was easily saved by Fabianski. 

But Pulisic sparred Jorginho’s blushes in the 90th minute as the United States forward met Marcos Alonso’s cross with a clinical low finish from 10 yards.

Burnley boosted their bid for a remarkable escape act as they moved into 17th place thanks to Matej Vydra’s second half strike.

Since Sean Dyche’s surprise sacking after 10 years in charge, Burnley’s caretaker boss Mike Jackson has taken seven points from three games to revive their hopes of beating the drop.

Vydra had a second half goal disallowed for offside, but he didn’t have to wait long to celebrate as he netted in the 62nd minute with a composed close-range finish from Wout Weghorst’s cross.

Burnley moved two points above third bottom Everton, who have two games in hand as they look to avoid playing outside the top tier since 1954

James Ward-Prowse scored twice as Southampton came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Brighton.

Danny Welbeck put Brighton ahead with a close-range finish after just two minutes and Mohammed Salisu turned Leandro Trossard’s cross into his own net for a 44th minute own goal.

Ward-Prowse reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time with his 14th successful Premier League free-kick, just four behind David Beckham’s record of 18.

He struck again nine minutes later, this time producing a clinical finish from the edge of the area.

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4/15/22  Indy 11 win home Sat 7 pm, Champ League Final 4 set, FA Cup Semi’s Sat

Indy 11 Sign  USL Leading Scorer Solomon Asante – home Sat at 7 pm

Indy Eleven’s new signing Solomon Asante has delivered in the attacking third beyond any other player since arriving in the league in 2018 Watch Solomon Asante’s Top Five Goals in the USL Championship so far

Fresh off their first win of the season a 2-1 win over Rio Grande the 11 return home to the Mike to play Atlanta United 2 on Saturday at 7 pm as they host Easter Egg Night. Tixavailable starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. In other USL News former CFC GK Coach and former Indy 11 GK Jordan Farr was voted to the USL Save of the Week list for a second consecutive week last week for San Antonio.

Champions League – Final 4 – Liverpool, Man City, Real Madrid, Villareal

Wow do I love Champions League!!  – who would have thought the Atletico Madrid vs Man City would almost match the fantastic Real Madrid vs Chelsea and Bayern losing to Villareal the day before.  After Chelsea’s masterful comeback vs Real Madrid – scoring 3 goals to take the lead on aggregate 4-3 overall –they lose it when Real Madrid scored the final 2 goals to win it in extra time.  Pulisic had 2 chances to win it in extra time – but missed both as a 70th minute substitute.  I thought he was hugely active –and should have been on 10 minutes earlier – he was the most dangerious player on the fieild for Chelsea once he came in.  (Chelsea vs Real Hilights)  Of course the German Champs also laid an egg vs Villareal as a last minute goal put the Spanish thru 2-1 on Aggregate in Munich. (Bayern vs Villareal highlights)  Atletico vs Man City was classic Atleti – as Simieone’s men battled and fought and certainly should have scored late to tie it vs Man City – but City held on with great late saves from Ederson to hold the 0-0 tie – advancing 1-0 on aggregate to a Semi-Final match-up with Real Madrid.  (Man City vs Atleti video). The Atleti Crowd was spectacular even 20 minutes after the game – why I fell in love with Atletico when I visited 5 years ago and got to take in the Caldron.  For the first night in the new Metropolitan Stadium – it sounded and felt like the Caldron – and this is good for Atleti – despite the heartbreaking loss to Man City who spends 3 times what Atleti does on salariers.  Liverpool who held on to take it 5-3 on Aggregate vs Benefica will face Villareal. 

FA Cup Semi’s, US Open Cup

Sat we get a rerun of last weekends Supermatch as Man City faces Liverpool in the FA Cup Semi’s at 10:30 am on ESPN+ I expect to see US GK Steffan between the pipes.  Sunday gives us Pulisic and Chelsea  vs West Ham United at 11:30 am.  I look for Pulisic to possibly start in this one..  FA Cup Video Preview  For You coaches out there Love this Chelea’s Tuchel’s Master Class on the 3-5-2   

Games to Watch this Weekend/Week

Funny Fans from this past week – Europa League Games!! Honestly not much this weekend other than FA Cup Semi’s – Man United vs Norwich 10 am Sat on USA – but Man City vs Liverpool is on same time. Now Tues we get Liverpool vs Man United at 3 pm on USA – with Inter vs Milan on same time on Para+ in the Copa Italia Finals. Wed gives us RB Leipzig and Adams vs Union Berlin in the German Cup final – a chance for hardware for American Adams at 2:45 pm on ESPNU while at 3pm Chelsea and Pulisic host Arsenal. Also Wed we get US Open Cup games between USL clubs and MSL – (while its not the FA Cup – the US Open Cup has allowed some underdog teams thru – hopefully San Antonio with former Carmel FC GK Coach and former Indy 11 GK Jordan Farr hosting MLS Austin FC at 8:30 pm on ESPN+. Louisville City will host the team that beat our Indy 11 St Louis City 2 at 7:30 pm on ESPN+ (see full schedule below.)

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(American’s in parenthesis)

Fri, Apri 15

3 pm ESPN+                            Real Sociadad vs Real Betis 

3  pm Paramount+                  Milan vs Genoa 

3 pm ESPN+                            Derby Cty vs Fulham (Ream, Jedi)

8 pm  CBS SN                          KC vs Houston Dash NWSL

Sat, Apr 16

7:30 am USA                           Tottenham vs Brighton

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

10 am USA                              Man United vs Norwich (Stewart)

10 am CNBC                            Southampton vs Aresenal

10:30 am ESPN+                Man  City (Steffan) vs Livepool FA Cup Semi

12:30 pm Para +                     Juventus vs Bologna 

3:30 pm ESPN+, Univision      San Jose vs Nashville SC MLS

7:30 pm My TV 23                   Indy 11 vs Atlanta United 2 @ the Mike

7:30 pm Para+                              Racing Louisville vs Chicago Red Stars NWSL

10 pm FS 1                                    Seattle Sounders vs Inter Miami

Sun,  Apr17

9 am USA                                 Leicester City vs New Castle  

11:30 am ESPN+                     Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Crystal Palace  FA Cup Semi

1:30 pm ESPN+                       Leverkusen vs RB Leipzig (Adams)

2:$5 pm beIN Sport                PSG vs Marsiele

3:30 pm ESPN+                       Sevilla vs Real Madrid

4 pm ESPN                              LAFC vs Sporting KC 

Tue Apr 19

2:45 pm ESPNU                      Hamburger vs Freiburg 

3 pm USA                              Liverpool vs Man United

3 pm Para +                          Inter vs Milan (Coppa Italia)


7 pm ESPN+                            Miami FC vs Inter Miami  

7:30 pm ESPN+                       Detroit City FC vs Columbus Crew

7:30 pm ESON+                      FC Cincy vs Pittsburg Riverhounds SC  

8:30 pm ESPN+                       Chicago Fire FC  vs Union Omaha

10:30 pm ESPN+                     LA Galaxy vs San Diego Loyal SC

Wed Apr 20

2:45 pm ESPNU                      RB Leipzig (Adams) vs Union Berlin German Cup 

2:45 pm USA                        Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Arsenal 

3 pm Para +                          Inter vs Milan (Coppa Italia)


7 pm ESPN+                            Orlando City vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

7:30 pm ESPN+                       Louisville City vs St Louis City 2

7:30 pm ESON+                      Atlanta United vs Chatanooga

8:30 pm ESPN+                       San Antonio (Jordan Farr) vs Austin FC

10:30 pm ESPN+                     LAFC vs Orange County

Thur Apr 21

2:45 pm USA                           Burnely vs Southampton

3:30 pm ESPN+                       Real Sociadad vs Barcelona

Sat, Apr 23

7:30 am USA                           Arsenal vs Man United 

10 am USA                          Man  City (Steffan) vs Watford

12:30 pm  ESPN+                    Bayern Munich vs Dortmund

Indy 11 Season Schedule

Indy 11

 Indy 11 Sign Solomon Asante

Indy 11 Win first game of the SEason Sat 2-1

Indy 11 Schedule

Full Ticket Offerings for 2022 Indy Eleven Games Now on Sale

FA Cup

Klopp wants ‘a different level’ in FA Cup semifinal

Champions League & Europa

Champions League talking points: Is Liverpool-Man City final inevitable? dESPN

 Manchester City stood up as Atletico Madrid tried to bully them in Champions League quarterfinal

Firmino brace as Liverpool cruise into UCL semis

Klopp wary of ‘king of cups’ Emery in UCL semis

 Villarreal show that smaller is beautiful in the Champions League
Bayern pick up the pieces after ‘bitter’ Champions League defeat

Villarreal fuelled to Bayern win by Nagelsmann remark, says Moreno

Liverpool survive late collapse to book Villarreal semi-final clash

‘Players only human,’ says Klopp as Liverpool survive collapse to reach semi-finals

Man City see off Atletico to set up Real Madrid clash

Stones praises City performance against ‘hostile’ Atletico as brawl mars tie

Tuchel ‘proud’ of Chelsea despite Champions League heartbreak

Tuchel praises Chelsea’s comeback even after it falls short in extra time

Chelsea showed their spirit and potential despite heartbreaking Champions League exit to Real Madrid  James Olley

Villarreal’s Champions League run sinks another top side as Bayern waste key chances  Mark Ogden
Real Madrid’s veteran thoroughbreds keeping European Cup dream alive

‘Hammer blow’ as Frankfurt stun Barcelona to reach Europa League semis


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US Ladies & Men 

Trinity Rodman Scored her first USWNT Goal in 9-0 Rout

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USWNT’s young players thrash Uzbekistan but it leaves more questions than answers
Julie Foudy

USWNT 2022 April Friendlies: USA 9-0 Uzbekistan – there were, once again, a lot of goals S&S By Parker Cleveland

USWNT wins 9-0 as Rodman scores first goal
USWNT extends home-soil unbeaten streak with victory over Uzbekistan

US wins 9-0 S&S

USWNTwin 9-1 over Uzbekistan – S&S 

Americans abroad analysis Reyna’s season is over, Musah injured, Haji remains hot in another tough weekend for Americans
Mexico plans pre-World Cup friendly tour in U.S.
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Former CFC GK Coach and Indy 11 GK Jordan Farr – USL Save of the Week list

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Electric Ghanaian Forward Asante Brings Added Punch to Eleven Attacking Corps

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, April 11, 2022) – In one of the biggest signings in club history, Indy Eleven added to its attacking firepower with today’s addition of two-time USL Championship Most Valuable Player Solomon Asante.Per club policy, details of the contract that brings the influential Ghanian forward to the Circle City will not be released. Asante is currently undergoing the immigration process necessary for his arrival in the United States, and while no exact timeline is available the club expects him to commence training in Indiana in approximately the next three weeks.“The USL Championship has always been a great place to play. For me, the challenge never ends and that’s why I chose this great club in Indy Eleven for a new challenge in my career,” said Asante. “With Coach [Mark] Lowry’s remarkable experience, I believe together with my teammates that history will be made. I look forward to meeting the great fans in Indianapolis and especially gaining the support of the Brickyard Battalion.”Asante joins Indiana’s Team after an accomplished four-year span with Phoenix Rising FC that included three All-USL Championship First Team nods from 2018-20 and back-to-back league MVP honors in 2019 and 2020, making him only the second player in league history to win the award twice alongside Kevin Molino. The 5’2” dynamo was simply the most productive player in the Championship during his run in the desert, scoring 54 goals and contributing 42 assists in 113 regular season (103) and playoff (10) contests.“To be able to add a player of Solomon Asante’s quality and caliber to our club shows the ambition we have,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “Building a winning team and a club that consistently competes for championships requires having strong characters and winning mentalities in the locker room, and Solo definitely checks those boxes for us.”Asante’s resulting 0.87 goals + assists per 90 minutes figure outranks any player in league history, and he is the only player in the USL Championship’s 40 goal/40 assist club during regular season play. His 41 career assists in regular season action are currently the fourth most in league history and place only six behind category leader Kenardo Forbes.A jaw-dropping 2019 campaign saw Asante record a league-record 17 assists while scoring 22 goals, itself ranking as the third highest in a single season. Those numbers contributed to team success as well, as Phoenix shattered Championship records in goals scored (89) and consecutive wins (20) en route to finishing the campaign with 78 points – one more than FC Cincinnati’s historic haul the season prior.“Solomon’s individual numbers speak for themselves, but it’s his ability to make his teammates better and raise the level of a squad that makes him a truly gifted player and one we sought highly,” said Indy Eleven President & CEO Greg Stremlaw. “We are thrilled to have him be an important contributor to the winning culture we are building under Coach Lowry moving forward.”Asante put the USL Championship on notice in 2018, when his 14 goals and nine assists helped Phoenix capture its first Western Conference title. The following season his streak of seven straight games with a goal tied him for the second-longest stretch in league annals, contributing mightily to Rising FC’s record form. In 2020, Asante again led the Championship with nine assists during the truncated season and helped Phoenix to a second Western Conference championship in what would be his second consecutive MVP season.Asante represented his native Ghana on the senior international level on 21 occasions between 2012-15, including six appearances in the African Cup of Nations continental championship and a trio in FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Asante was an accomplished player in a trio of African leagues prior to jumping stateside, suiting up for Ghanaian sides Feyenoord Ghana (2007-09) and Berekum Chelsea (2011-13), ASFA Yennenga in Burkina Faso (2009-11), and Congolese club TP Mazembe from 2013-17. Asante thrived with Mazembe, helping the squad to three league titles in four seasons as well as African Champions League (2015) and African Super League (2016) crowns. He ended his playing days in Africa by being named the Ghana Player of the Year in 2017.

On the heels of last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Rio Grande Valley FC, Indy Eleven will bring a three-game unbeaten streak home to IUPUI Carroll Stadium this Saturday, April 16, when it takes on Atlanta United 2. The 7:00 p.m. ET kick can be followed on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/943exitos.com, and ESPN+. Tikets for all Indy Eleven home contests are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets.

USWNT’s young players thrashed Uzbekistan but are they ready for tougher teams? It’s hard to tell

1:42 PM ET  Julie FoudyContributor, espnW.com

Ahhh, Uzbekistan. I must admit, as I was calling the second of two friendlies the U.S. women’s national team played against Uzbekistan for ESPN, I did start to wonder 30 minutes in — after the U.S. had scored six goals — why Uzbekistan said yes to this two-game drubbing.Growth mindset, I get it. You’ve got to play the best to be the best. Yep. It just seems that you can sometimes extract a lesson less emphatically and in a less psychologically damaging way, no? Uzbekistan, at No. 48 in the world, is the lowest-ranked team the USWNT has faced in seven months. The U.S. is ranked No. 1.As I try to summarize what we learned over this April international match window as it relates to the USWNT, I keep finding myself saying “Yes, but …”The U.S. team scored 18 goals over two games vs. Uzbekistan. Impressive, indeed.

Yes, but …

The U.S. had nine different players score those 18 goals.

Yes, but …

That front three of Mal PughCatarina Macario and Sophia Smith are creative, dynamic, and fun as hell to watch. The U.S. starting front five often looked silky smooth.

Yes, but …

he outside backs, Emily Fox and Sofia Huerta, looked impactful and confident getting forward. The subs came in and made an impact.

Yes, but … it was Uzbekistan. Herein lies the problem. You do not want to be taking 38 shots to your opponent’s zero (as in goose egg, nada, not one shot at all — not even off target), as was the case in the second game, a 9-0 win for the USWNT.

You need to get these younger U.S. players time, minutes, confidence, chemistry — all the above — but when it involves teams like UzbekistanIcelandNew Zealand and the Czech Republic (the USWNT’s opponents so far in 2022), it is hard to assess how much growth is even happening.

You can, for sure, check the confidence and chemistry boxes, but this level of opponent does not expose you enough to fully appreciate what needs to be tightened up technically and tactically. It doesn’t expose these young players to those critical moments of adversity that require you to slog your way through, find a way, lean on each other, eventually realize you can survive and most importantly, thrive, in those moments.And yes, to be fair to U.S. Soccer, I appreciate how hard it is to schedule teams right now. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with long quarantines required upon return for some countries. World Cup qualifiers in April meant all competitive European teams were not available in this window. The Euros in early July mean the June FIFA window will be tough to schedule as well.But all I know is that these opponents must be stronger (there, I solved world peace) to fully assess how these players are doing. It is why Vlatko Andonovski and his staff will be so intently watching the National Women’s Soccer League and other professional leagues across the globe this April, May and June. That is what will give them their best read on where these players are.Now to the younger players vs. veteran players debate: It is difficult to predict what that mix will look like for the summer. If anyone tries to, I ain’t buying what they are selling because of the rant above and because we haven’t seen the rest of April, May and June — all huge months for the veterans trying to get back into the fold.

USMNT weekend viewing guide: Cup clashes

Man City take on Liverpool while Celtic and Rangers also face off again, this time in the Cup semi’s

By jcksnftsn  Apr 15, 2022, 11:01am PDT   Stars and Stripes

Injuries to key USMNT contributors are putting a damper on the end of the season, as there are fewer premier games to watch this weekend. However, Zack Steffen could get a chance for Manchester City and others look to avoid relegation or make an impression for a potential summer transfer.


Derby County v Fulham FC – 3p on ESPN+

Things are a bit slow on Friday afternoon, so if you’re looking for some action, head over to the English Championship and catch Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson in action as Fulham take on Wayne Rooney and Derby County. On paper, this one looks like a mismatch. Fulham are running away with the title, up 10 points with six matches to play, and they are all but mathematically guaranteed promotion to the EPL next season. Meanwhile, Rooney and Derby County are almost certainly going to be relegated as they trail Reading by 9 points for safety. It remains to be seen whether Ream and Robinson will continue the yo-yo process with Fulham. Ream has started every match for Fulham this season, including wearing the captain’s armband in most of those fixtures. But, he is also 35 years old and his contract with Fulham runs out in June. Robinson has also started the majority of matches for Fulham, but has repeatedly been the subject of rumors to move elsewhere.


Manchester City v Liverpool – 10:30a on ESPN+

Zack Steffen has again been the keeper for Manchester City’s FA Cup matches this season, and with the team still alive in Champions League action and in a fight with their opponent this weekend for the league title, it seems a good bet that Pep Guardiola will stick to his approach. If he does this, it should give Steffen a chance to go against one of the world’s top sides, though they may also feature a rotated side. It’s not all been smooth sailing for Steffen recently, so it would be good to see him show well this weekend.

Broadcast action:

  • Josh Sargent and Norwich City get an opportunity to play spoiler against Manchester United this weekend. Norwich are all but relegated, but Man U still have a shot to qualify for European play next season. This match will be at 10a on USA.
  • The San Jose Earthquakes face Walker Zimmerman and Nashville SC at 3:30p on Univision and Twitter.
  • Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris and the Seattle Sounders face DeAndre Yedlin and Inter Miami at 10p on FS1 in Saturday’s nightcap.

Streaming overseas:

  • John Brooks, Kevin Paredes, and Wolfsburg will look to stretch the gap between themselves and relegation when they face Borussia Dortmund at 9:30a on ESPN+. BVB’s Giovanni Reyna has been shut down for the season so will be unavailable for this matchup.
  • Pellegrino Matarazzo and Stuttgart currently sit one point ahead of Arminia Bielefeld for the relegation playoff position. This weekend the club faces Mainz at 9:30a on ESPN+.
  • Augsburg have a six point gap between themselves and relegation and can do themselves a real favor this weekend by defeating relegation-threatened Hertha Berlin when the clubs meet at 9:30a on ESPN+.
  • Matt Miazga seems likely to move again this summer, but for now his Deportivo Alavés side face Rayo Vallencano at 10:15a on ESPN+. Alaves are seven points back of safety with seven matches yet to play.
  • Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, and Venezia also look headed for a drop. They are three points back of safety though at least they have a game in hand. They’ll face a tough Fiorentina side that still has a shot at Europa League. The match will be played at 10:30a on Paramount+.
  • Joe Scally and Borussia Mönchengladbach look like they have secured their position in the Bundesliga next season, and Scally has been getting more minutes again lately. They face a Köln side that still has a chance to qualify for Europa league. The match can be seen at 12:30p on ESPN+.
  • Yunus Musah and Valencia are solidly middle of the La Liga table, as is their opponent this weekend Osasuna. This match will be at 12:30p on ESPN+.
  • Tim Weah returns from his two match red card suspension as Lille face Lens at 3p on beIN Sports. Lille are three points back of Europa Conference League qualifying with seven matches to play.

MLS Matchups (all on ESPN+):


Celtic FC v Rangers FC – 9a on ESPN+

Cameron Carter-Vickers scored the match winner two weeks ago for Celtic in their 2-1 Old Firm victory over Rangers and now the two clubs will go at it again, this time in Scottish FA Cup action. The win over Rangers gave Celtic a six point lead for the title race as they head into the final five matches, all against the top six in the league as the Scottish Premiership enters its “second phase.” It was a huge victory for Celtic, and CCV’s goal silencing the home crowd will be one he remembers for a very long time. The Cup match this weekend is the semifinal, but you can bet that the two sides will treat it as though it were for the silverware.

Chelsea face Crystal Palace in FA Cup action this weekend 10:30 am on ESPN+ 

. Christian Pulisic was a second half sub midweek as Chelsea were bounced from Champions League play by Real Madrid.

Broadcast action:

  • Kellyn Acosta and LAFC take on Sporting Kansas City at 4p on ESPN. LAFC lead the Western Conference but are coming off a 2-1 loss to the LA Galaxy, while Kansas City have lost five of their last six.

Streaming overseas:

  • Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes face Strasbourg at 9a on beIN Sports. Troyes are currently six points out of relegation, while their opponent Strasbourg is in fourth place and fighting for a place in the European competitions.
  • George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld have a tough matchup against Bayern Munich this weekend at 9:30a on ESPN+, which will make their attempts to stave off relegation more difficult, currently they sit in the relegation playoff position and trail Stuttgart by one point for safety.
  • Chris Richards and Hoffenheim face Julian Green and Greuther Fürth at 11:30a on ESPN+. Fürth are as good as relegated, while Richards and Hoffenheim are clinging to sixth place and Europa Conference League qualifying.
  • Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig meet up in top four clash Sunday afternoon at 1:30p on ESPN+. Tyler Adams unfortunately has just one start since January.

MLS Matches (on ESPN+):

  • NYCFC and Real Salt Lake meet at 1p. NYCFC have won just one game so far this season while RSL currently sit third in the West.

Hit the comments section below and let us know what you think of Steffen’s performance, the relegation races, or who you think should be showing off for a summer move.

Champions League talking points: Liverpool-Man City final? Should Simeone go? Greatest Cinderella story?

Apr 14, 2022  ESPN

The Champions League semifinals are set after LiverpoolManchester CityReal Madrid and Villarreal made it through following a set of quarterfinal second legs that featured thrills, upsets, brawls and plenty of goals.

Julien Laurens, Alex Kirkland and Tom Hamilton give their views on the big questions as just four clubs remain on the road to Paris.

What caught your eye from the quarterfinal second legs?

Laurens: I love how Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann got taught a lesson by Unai Emery and Villarreal, who beat them 2-1 on aggregate in one of the biggest upsets of recent years. Tactically, he was outsmarted by the Spanish manager. Just because you field five forwards doesn’t mean you will inevitably create a lot of chances and score many goals. And if you neglect your defensive transitions because you take the game for granted then you will get punished, and he did. Talking of punishment, Nagelsmann got it totally wrong as well with his comments after the quarterfinal draw was made and again before the match: He disrespected Villarreal and didn’t take them seriously. He is still a young manager, so let’s hope he learns from the mistakes he made this time around.

The other big one for me, of course, is another special moment from Karim Benzema, who scored the decisive goal that sent Real Madrid to the semifinals. It is his 12th goal in nine Champions League games so far this season. At 34 years old.

Kirkland: Two LaLiga teams in the semifinals: not bad for a league that’s supposedly in decline. It could have been three if Atletico Madrid had been a bit more clinical in the last 15 minutes against Manchester City at the Wanda Metropolitano, before the match descended into chaos with Felipe‘s red card. Atletico were on top at that point, and if they’d managed to score and level the tie you would have fancied their chances in extra time. But the brawl that followed the sending off (and reignited after the final whistle) robbed the game of any momentum, allowing City to progress 1-0 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s inexplicable run in this competition continues. They were comprehensively outplayed by Chelsea for 75 minutes at the Bernabeu — just as they had been for an hour by Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 — before digging deep once again to go through 5-4 on aggregate after extra time. There are plenty of things to criticise about this team, but you can’t fault their character and mentality. With the quality of Luka Modric and Benzema, there’s always a chance.

Hamilton: Hands down, the moment of the round was Modric’s assist for Rodrygo‘s goal. The Croatian magician was exceptional against Chelsea and that ball with the outside of his foot to tee up the Brazilian’s volley was an incredible piece of skill.

Liverpool’s strength in depth is also paying dividends. Jurgen Klopp has built a formidable squad, and he was able to rotate for their second leg against Benfica with one eye on their FA Cup semifinal against City at the weekend. Having taken the first leg 3-1 in Lisbon, he was able shuffle his pack for the return leg as they went through with a 3-3 draw at Anfield. The ability to rotate will prove to be absolutely essential as they are still chasing three trophies, but it also reinforced (again) what a brilliant job they’ve done in the recruitment department. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were both rested against Benfica, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were second-half substitutes. Klopp’s judgment on rotation will be key in the run-in.

At the other end of the scale, Bayern Munich’s wastefulness against Villarreal was alarming. Nagelsmann is a wonderful manager, but you feel like one way or another, there will be some change at the Bundesliga champions this summer amid reports Barcelona are keen on their star man Robert Lewandowski. I agree with Juls: They don’t look as settled as they did under Hansi Flick, their midfield was picked apart on Tuesday, and the aggressively high line was a recipe for disaster against Villarreal — the masters of football frugality. Despite having a lethal attack, just four of their 23 shots were on target. Villarreal managed one and scored from it. Under-pressure sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic chuckled when interviewed about the quarterfinal draw on German TV. He’s not laughing now.

Is it time for Diego Simeone to leave Atletico? If so, which club would suit him?

Kirkland: We’ve often asked this question during Simeone’s decade in charge — in 2016 after a second Champions League final defeat in three seasons, in 2020 when they looked like dropping out of LaLiga’s top four — and the answer is always “no.” This is a manager who won the league last year ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona, has inspired famous away victories over Liverpool and Manchester United in recent seasons, and had them in this tie with Manchester City — arguably the best team in the world — until the very end. Simeone has become so identified with Atletico now that it’s impossible to picture how one would look without the other. For example: can you begin to imagine how it might have gone for Simeone if he’d taken the Manchester United job in 2016? Simeone is Atletico, and Atletico is Simeone. He should stay as long as he wants to, and leave on his own terms, when he sees fit.

Hamilton: Well they certainly still love him at the Wanda Metropolitano. The last few moments of that second leg were affirmation of how much they still adore Simeone, as he stood on the sideline clapping away with the fans (at least that’s how it looked, much to the bemusement/frustration of the much-maligned officials). But his football does grate on the European stage. The potential is frightening in that squad. While it managed to secure him LaLiga last term, watching Joao Felix chase down blind alleys all evening against Man City was frustrating. But it’s certainly a team built in his own image, and whoever takes over would take several seasons to shift the philosophy to how they’d want the team to play. It is time to shift away from the street-fighting mentality — their loss of discipline was shocking in the final stages, and was a poor look for the club.

Laurens: His time was up a while ago. Atletico are paying him a fortune, they are backing him up hugely on the transfer market and this is how they are rewarded! The two games against Manchester City were embarrassing. Koke & Co. showed they could play if they wanted, and they put City under pressure in the last 30 minutes of the game, but the rest of the time, they were so defensive, so anti-football that it hurt to watch them. Simeone is stuck in the past. With the squad that he has, his team could and should play in a more attacking way, with swagger and class. Instead, it’s street battles, ultra-defensive tactics and the negation of football. He is such a guru at Atletico that they are too scared to sack him. So he will stay until he decides to leave. Where could he go next? I don’t know and I don’t care (although I hope nowhere). The less I see his prehistoric tactics, the better!

Now that the final four is set, who will reach the final, and who will lift the trophy?

Hamilton: It’s going to be an all-English final, with Pep Guardiola up against Klopp, Salah against Kevin De Bruyne and a repeat of that brilliant 2-2 draw we saw at the weekend. Klopp won’t underestimate Villarreal like Bayern Munich did, while Guardiola has the nous to contain Benzema and knock over Real Madrid. It’s been a long time coming for Guardiola — this will be his second semifinal as City boss, and if he gets through that, then it’ll be his second chance at winning the trophy at this club. Klopp has already won the trophy with Liverpool back in 2019. And I have a feeling that whoever wins the league won’t win the Champions League. So for that reason: It’s Liverpool’s Champions League this year.

Laurens: I know mainland Europe will not like it, but I am betting again on a full English. For the third time in the past four seasons, we will have a final with two English clubs. After Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 and Chelsea defeated Manchester City last season, it will be Man City vs. Liverpool on May 28 at the Stade de France. It is the dream final: the two best teams in the world right now, the two best managers, the two best attacks, the two best defences, Salah against Kevin De Bruyne, eight goals in two amazing Premier League matches this season, and surely more when they meet at Wembley in Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal (stream LIVE at 10:30 a.m. ET on ESPN+ in the U.S.). The final between these two might not be as open, but I feel it will be City’s triumph this time. They have learnt a lot from the disappointment of losing to Chelsea last season and will get their first, long-awaited Champions League trophy.

Kirkland: I’d love to make the case for an all-Spanish, Real Madrid vs. Villarreal final … but I don’t think I can. Madrid’s luck will surely run out at some point, and Manchester City are a better, more reliable team than PSG or Chelsea. As for Villarreal, anything is possible — who would have backed them to eliminate Juventus or Bayern Munich, and Unai Emery’s European record is exceptional — but I would worry about their defence up against Liverpool’s stacked forward line. I think we’re in for yet another all-English final, and City to win it.

After Villarreal, a team from a town of 50,000 people, reached the semifinals, what is your favourite Champions League Cinderella story?

Laurens: Monaco reaching the semifinals in 2016-17. What a team, and what a journey! They also won Ligue 1 that season but, maybe more impressively, they defied all the odds in the Champions League. We got to see the making of a new star in Kylian Mbappe who, at only 17, blew away everyone. He scored against Manchester City at the Etihad in the first leg of the round of 16, his first-ever start in the competition. He did it again in the second leg, and in the two quarterfinal matches against Borussia Dortmund, and in the semifinal second leg in Turin against Juventus. Mbappe was on fire alongside Radamel FalcaoFabinhoBernardo SilvaJoao Moutinho and Thomas Lemar. It was a golden generation and manager Leonardo Jardim made the most of the incredible talent at his disposal. They were a bit naive and unlucky against Juventus in the semifinals and fell short, but nevertheless it was a beautiful Cinderella story.

Kirkland: How about the last time Villarreal reached the Champions League semifinals? Their 2005-06 team was packed full of gifted, must-watch players — Juan Roman Riquelme, Diego Forlan, Marcos Senna — and came within a missed Riquelme penalty of making the final. Staying on the LaLiga theme, the Isco-inspired Malaga of 2012-13 is another personal favourite. They reached the quarterfinals on their debut in the competition and were only eliminated thanks to a baffling double-offside call in added time that went the way of Klopp’s Dortmund. The best, though, has to be 2003-04 semifinalists Deportivo La Coruna. Depor eliminated both of the previous year’s finalists — Juventus and AC Milan — before being cruelly beaten by Jose Mourinho’s Porto (the ugly sister to Depor’s Cinderella, if you will). The win over Milan was one for the ages, following a 4-1 loss at San Siro with a legendary 4-0 second-leg comeback at Riazor.

Hamilton: If I can shoehorn them in as a Cinderella story (perhaps they’re more like Jack and the Beanstalk), then it has to be Ajax’s run to the 2019 semifinals. They were a matter of seconds away from a spot in the final, until Lucas Moura broke Amsterdam hearts with that perfectly placed shot from the edge of the box to seal his hat trick put Tottenham through at the expense of Erik ten Hag’s side. That team was wonderful to watch, playing ambitious football with that young Dutch core of Matthijs de LigtFrenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek. They were brought together on a comparatively tiny budget to their European rivals, but a squad brimming with homegrown talent managed to knock out Real Madrid and Juventus en route to the semifinals. That run then (inevitably) triggered a mass dismantlement of that generation, but they were a joy to watch.

Chelsea debate: Thomas Tuchel costly Christian Pulisic Real Madrid call prompts FA Cup question


Did Thomas Tuchel get it wrong with his decision to sub Christian Pulisic on against Real Madrid?

Did Thomas Tuchel get it wrong with his decision to sub Christian Pulisic on against Real Madrid? (Image: Getty Images | Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images)

With under 15 minutes to play, it appeared Thomas Tuchel’s Madrid miracle was actually going to happen. Timo Werner’s mazy solo run had unravelled Carlo Ancelotti’s already rocked defence to give Chelsea a 3-0 lead.

Then Tuchel opted to take the confident Werner off for Christian Pulisic to add fresh legs to Chelsea’s intense attack. The move altered the game, with the American missing two guilt-edged chances in added time after Rodrygo had levelled the tie on aggregate.

Pulisic’s display was disappointing, losing the ball too easily and failing to offer the same dynamic movement the German had before coming off.

READ MORE: Timo Werner Real Madrid heartbreak sends Chelsea message to Christian Pulisic after Tuchel call

Football. london’s esteemed panel of Chelsea writers combine to give you their take on the sub, if it was the one wrong and what Tuchel should do heading into this weekend’s huge FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace, and you can voice your thoughts as well.

Adam Newson

As the ball dropped into the path of Pulisic, it felt like the American star’s moment. Hit the target, and Chelsea would almost certainly secure their place in the Champions League semi-finals. Unfortunately, the winger put his effort from close range over the crossbar and repeated that unfortunate trick moments later.

They were two huge misses from the only substitute Tuchel made in normal time. Pulisic replaced Werner, who had scored Chelsea’s third and been a general nuisance throughout. It didn’t pay off, but that wasn’t for want of trying. And it’s very easy to deride the change after the fact. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

However, I wouldn’t start Pulisic in the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace at the weekend. In the past two games, we’ve seen the return of last season’s front three – Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Werner – and it has clicked straight into gear. The movement, the rotation, the interplay, it just seems to come together with that trio. It’s why I’d go with Werner on the left of the Chelsea attack against Palace. It’s another chance for him to impress and save what appeared to be a Chelsea career drifting toward a disappointing end.

Anita Abayomi

It probably wasn’t the best move to make in hindsight. However, I understand why Tuchel had made the call. Chelsea needed something different, and looking onto the bench, Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech were the only game-changers to call upon.

At the time, I agreed with the switch, but Pulisic did not have that Captain America moment to bring Chelsea to the win. I cannot in a good mind blame him for the result at all. He did what he could do. We can only leave the game saying, “if only he had buried one of the two chances presented to him.

Scott Trotter

It’s always tempting to look at the outcome over the process. Pulisic has shown some lethal finishing in the past, and you don’t have to look further away than the Champions League last 16 to see the injection of pace he can bring and Tuchel would have expected the US international to have an impact on tiring legs.

Pulisic may have missed the opportunities that fell to him, but his introduction was always likely to come as one of few game-changers on the bench. The question is if Timo Werner needed to come off at the moment. The German international was a goal to the good and had tactically troubled Carlo Ancelotti’s backline throughout the evening at the Bernabeu.

There may be a question of ‘what if?’ but on the whole, Chelsea were brilliant bar some finishing and still managed three goals. Crashing out of the competition comes from the first leg failures. Nevertheless, Werner has done enough to earn another start if he is in condition to play at the weekend.

Jake Stokes

Pulisic always seems to be on the verge of something great at Chelsea, and then something happens that rains on his parade. Though I think he could be a great asset for the Blues moving forward, and he certainly has the potential to be such, it’s so hard to deny Werner a start ahead of the American international now.

As Scott said, there may be a question of ‘what if?’ but football is about performing and stepping up in the big moment, and unfortunately, the game was swept by Pulisic at the Santiago Bernabeu. This is by no means the end of him, but should he want to cement a role in Tuchel’s side, then he must become a consistent seven out of ten performer at the very least, with a sprinkle of magic.

Football is a game of fine margins, and I think we are too quick to blame a coach for a decision purely on its result. In 2021, Pulisic was a devastating sub against Real Madrid’s tiring backline in the second half. Here, he wasn’t, but that came down to the American’s poor finishing in added time.

American coaches (not Ted Lasso) trying to make it in Europe: ‘It’s almost impossible for us to get you hired’

Apr 6, 2022 Noah Davis ESPN

Mike Keeney embodies a certain type of American soccer story. You know the one: a young man packs a bag with some clothes and a dream, stuffs a couple hundred dollars into his pockets, hops a plane to Europe and dives into football on the continent. He struggles and works, embracing any opportunity while battling negative perceptions and reality. Eventually, he finds a place, making himself indispensable and building a career.”Those first few years, I was scraping by trying to make make a living,” Keeney told ESPN over Zoom. “I was sacrificing a lot of time and energy to train three, four or five teams. I joke around, if two kids were kicking a bottle in the carpark I probably went over there and tried to make them better. Why? Because I wanted to show my ability, and I think in a country like Finland, they reward you for this.”Keeney is nearly 15 years into this journey, a veteran with experience at a dozen clubs including HIFK Helsinki and FC Samorin, and a Finnish passport to boot. He’s built a reputation, a good one, with connections throughout Europe. Keeney’s story is one of success, but the Antioch, California, native isn’t a player. The 48-year-old is a manager, one of a small but growing number of Americans who are making it in the European coaching ranks, forging paths not just for themselves but for the people who will come after them.The American-in-Europe coaching fraternity includes some big names. U.S. men’s national team manager Gregg Berhalter previously managed Sweden’s Hammarby IF, while Bob Bradley had stints at Swansea City and Le Havre. Jesse March is with Leeds United after a successful run at FC Salzburg and less successful one at RB Leipzig. Pellegrino Matarazzo and David Wagner boast Bundesliga experience, with LAFC‘s Steve Cherundolo previously working in an assistant capacity at Hannover. Others, such as Kenney, Enochs and former University of Connecticut and Temple assistant Brian Clarhaut — now with GIF Sundsvall in Sweden, which just signed MLS stalwart and former U.S. international midfielder Joe Corona on loan — don’t have the name recognition, but are forging a path others can follow. In football, success begets success, and a chance taken creates another opportunity for someone else.That said, just as American players had to (and continue to) deal with prejudice and prevailing perception about the quality of soccer in the United States, coaches do, too. Bradley drew the ire of the fans for saying “PK” and “road games,” and mispronouncing Premier League. Marsch caused a collective commentator meltdown after holding a postmatch team huddle on the pitch, while Manchester United assistant Chris Armas can’t get away from the Ted Lasso comparisons. (We’ll get to the Richmond FC boss in a bit.)But while there’s a negative connotation of the U.S. as a backwater football culture, leaning into the stereotype of being “an American” can have its benefits.”I didn’t try to downplay it — I tried to embrace it,” said Clarhaut, a brash and proud 35-year-old New Jersey native. “That type of leadership, that type of aggression is one of my biggest strengths. It’s like, ‘OK, who is this kind of crazy American guy?'”American managers might be crazy (at least some), but are they any good? It’s a decidedly mixed bag.Twenty First Group pulled together a list of how American coaches had fared during their tenures, using their World Soccer League ratings to determine how much better or worse a coach’s team got during his first 30 matches in charge. Matarazzo and Marsch made their teams “much better.” (In fact, Matarazzo’s time at Stuttgart rated as the most improvement of any of the 771 manager tenures tracked.) Enochs, Wagner (at Young Boys) and Bradley (at Le Havre) rated between “slightly better” and “slightly worse.” Berhalter, Bradley (at Swansea City) and Wagner (at Schalke and Huddersfield) checked in as “materially worse.”Not horrible, but not exactly Ted Lasso, either.

Speaking of that streaming phenomenon, while Americans coaching in Europe mostly have similar stories about their paths, they have vastly different opinions regarding everyone’s favorite affable football-turned-football coach.”They did a great job,” Cherundolo said. “It’s a great show.””We just got sort of hooked on it,” said Enochs, who binged both seasons with his wife. “It was funny. I enjoy it. I know it’s only entertainment, though.” He also said that none of his assistants in Germany know anything about it — a boon when it comes to avoiding the dopey-American-coach stereotype.Keeney, on the other hand, isn’t a fan. “The little bit I’ve seen, I don’t think it does favors for the image of an American abroad,” he said. “It undermines some of the work that myself and some of the other guys have been doing, the guys who actually come over to Europe and work and battle.”One issue not covered in a fictional show that’s very real for flesh-and-blood Americans is the fact that U.S. Soccer coaching licenses are not valid in Europe. Without a UEFA Pro License, one cannot manage a team in a top-tier league for more than 12 weeks. Getting one requires successfully completing the B and A Licenses, and getting approved for a Pro course, which happens at the discretion of national federations.”These are very selective spots,” Clarhaut said. “So that’s a huge, huge disadvantage for American coaches. It’s a problem.”While this wrinkle isn’t unique to Americans as all non-European managers can have difficulty earning their UEFA badges, it dramatically limits the opportunities available for coaches coming from the United States. (And, perhaps, the lack of reciprocity indicates the low standards in which the European governing body holds the USSF coaching-licensing program.) Before moving to Europe, Keeney worked at Hoover Soccer Club in Birmingham, Alabama, which had a coaching- and player-exchange program with Celtic. While he impressed the Scottish club’s coaching staff, getting a job with them was a nonstarter.”They told me, ‘You’re an American guy with no UEFA badges, no coaching licenses,'” Keeney said. “‘It’s almost impossible for us to get you hired, let alone get you the work permit.'”When an opportunity presented itself in Finland, Keeney jumped at it, and even then, constantly applying and reapplying for visas and work permits took a good deal of his time.In the future, more American coaches will find their way to Europe, but it’s not happening yet. In his capacity as chief intelligence officer at Twenty First Group, Omar Chaudhuri helps teams perform due diligence on lists of coaching prospects and also creates lists of potential coaching candidates for clubs. He said there’s never really been an American on the shortlists, although he did note Marsch’s hiring at Leeds. While he (and others interviewed for this piece) have noticed an improved perception of American players in Europe, the same isn’t true of coaches.”If a coach is doing very well in MLS, I think in Europe, it’d be dismissed more readily than if a player was doing well in MLS,” he said.Conversely, American managers are on short leashes when they do get top jobs. The masses turned against “Soccer Bob” Bradley almost immediately — perhaps before he even fielded his first starting lineup. Marsch and Leipzig parted ways just four months into his first season, with both parties admitting that it was the wrong person in the wrong situation.This isn’t an unknown phenomenon. In the recent past, American players wouldn’t get the benefit of the doubt, pulled from the lineup or buried on the bench after a few mistakes, whereas their counterparts from more “respected” soccer cultures would earn more chances. As more Americans succeed on the field, that reality is changing.”The dialogue is much different today,” said Cherundolo, who has experience both as a player and a manager helping to change the perception. “It’s: ‘No, he’s good. Let’s give him some time and get to know the team.’ Respect and credit has certainly grown over the years. It’s only a matter of time before that happens for coaches. But there are always going to have to be some trailblazers who go through difficult stretches first.””We have to prove ourselves first,” he said. “We have to go through that. It’s just a lengthy process, but it will happen.”The goal, of course, is to get to a place where Americans aren’t “American coaches” and just “coaches.” The best way to do that is to win.”They don’t look at your passport, they look at your ability,” Keeney said. “If you’re not winning games, if you’re not developing players, if, on a professional side, you’re not selling guys for profit, they don’t care who you are or where you’re from. It’s a business.”eeney continued: “It’s an interesting pathway. If you would have asked me 15 years ago, when I first left, would I be down this road, I would say, ‘You’re crazy.’ But you know, the journey has been fantastic.”

The Making of American Coach Jesse Marsch – From his MLS Days to the EPL 

The making of Jesse Marsch in MLS predates the league’s inception. It goes back to when he was in college.

Marsch, a boy from a small Wisconsin city called Racine, was recruited to play soccer at Princeton University under head coach Bob Bradley, among the country’s most decorated male soccer coaching minds and someone who would become a trailblazer. He’d spend the better part of the next quarter-century with Bradley – from Princeton to D.C. United, then Chicago Fire FC and Chivas USA before getting his first coaching job as an assistant under Bradley with the US men’s national team.

Along the way, Marsch learned and developed his own ideas, made his own connections and a ton of his own memories, as a hugely successful MLS player and then a Supporters’ Shield-winning head coach with the New York Red Bulls. From there, he embarked on a coaching career in Europe with RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig.

Now at Leeds United, Marsch follows a path first forged by Bradley, who was the first American-born head coach of a Premier League team when he (briefly) was in charge at Swansea City. Marsch inherited a sinking ship at Leeds but has steered it immediately, doing things his way and leading the group away from the relegation zone. They are currently on a four-game unbeaten run after a commanding 3-0 win over Watford last weekend.

MLSsoccer.com spoke with a number of folks who knew Marsch best at various stops in MLS, from his playing days to his first coaching job with the Montréal Impact (now CF Montréal) and then becoming a household name with the New York Red Bulls.

Chicago Fire competitiveness and scuffles

Jesse Marsch’s professional career began with D.C. United during MLS’s inaugural 1996 season, but he made his name in Chicago with the Fire. Bob Bradley was an assistant under Bruce Arena at D.C. United for the league’s first two seasons, then was named head coach of Chicago for their expansion season in 1998. He brought Marsch there.

Marsch would go on to make 200 appearances for the Fire, in an atmosphere that suited his fiery, competitive nature.

“We got under each other’s skin,” Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin said. Curtin joined the Fire in 2001, where he was Marsch’s teammate until 2005, then again in 2008-09 with Chivas USA. “There were fistfights all the time, that was a common occurrence. Jesse had a way of competing, it wasn’t uncommon that punches were thrown. Let’s just say we’ll leave out some details, but, yeah, that wasn’t uncommon.”Austin FC head coach osh Wolff, a fellow original member of the Fire with Marsch and his first roommate, recalled those details, including a one-punch knockout by Ante Razov.

“Yeah, plenty of good stories,” Wolff said. Wolff played for Chicago from 1998-2002. “Jesse got knocked out by Ante in training in one punch; He got thrown out of a training because he took a cheap shot. There was plenty of animosity between players. Jesse didn’t back down, other players didn’t back down either.”

Training altercations were left between the white lines of the pitch, quickly forgotten and moved on from in that ultra-competitive group. In fact, the morning after that fight with Razov and Marsch, the pair were in the same car heading to training together.

“In hindsight, it was a good thing,” Curtin said. “It made us all so competitive, it was a really cool locker room to be part of.”

It was like that from Curtin’s first day.Curtin arrived with the team in 2001 fresh out of college, after the Fire’s three-year run of two US Open Cup titles and one MLS Cup. It was a bit of a jump in quality and pace for the former Villanova star, and his first training session didn’t quite go to plan.

“You get thrown off a plane off that, and you might be a good college player, but you learn pretty quickly you’re not at their level,” Curtin said. “And it was probably the beers I had the night before, but I timed a challenge – let’s just say very poorly – on Piotr Nowak. It was so bad, Bob ended the session. I walked away with Jesse, sat in the van and I turned to him – and I didn’t know Jesse at all – and said, ‘Well, at least I can say I fouled Piotr Novak before my career ended.’ I’m thinking that was the end of things. He laughed and appreciated I was self-deprecating, and a friendship was born from that.”Curtin and Marsch carpooled together during their time in Chicago and Chivas. They remain close to this day, with a lifetime of memories on and off the field.

“Thank god there were no cell phones in those days,” Curtin said with a laugh.

Marsch remained that way through the twilight of his career. It’s just who he is; you can’t really turn that off.

From Chicago he went to Chivas USA, as did Curtin, where they played with rising rookie Sacha Kljestan. Kljestan was taken fifth overall at the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, was a finalist for 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year and would be destined for a successful career in MLS, Europe and with the USMNT. His first stop was as Marsch’s midfield partner with Chivas.

“I’d say for the majority of my rookie year, I didn’t really like Jesse that much,” Kljestan said. “He was always on me. He was the old guy who had been around the block and I was the rookie who thought I knew better.”

The pair spent four years playing together, with Kljestan crediting Marsch for aiding his development.

Kljestan would go on to Anderlecht, becoming a fan favorite as an integral part of Belgian league-winning sides, then join up with Marsch as a centerpiece of those New York Red Bulls teams he coached.

Bob Bradley’s impact

To say that Bob Bradley’s coaching tree was plentiful, particularly in those Chicago days, might be an understatement. In different variations of that team with Marsch a centerpiece – including after Bradley had departed – the culture he laid lived on. It was a perfect breeding ground for future coaches and sporting executives.

Bradley was at the helm, regarded as one of the best American coaches of all time, and has since cycled through the USMNT, Egypt men’s national team, Swansea, LAFC and now Toronto FC. Denis Hamlett was an assistant on that staff and he’s now the sporting director at the New York Red Bulls.

The playing rosters featured:

  • Current MLS head coaches Curtin and Wolff
  • Former MLS head coach and current Manchester United assistant coach Chris Armas
  • Current MLS assistant coaches Razov, CJ Brown, Frank Klopas and Zach Thornton
  • Current MLS front-office executives John Thorrington, Carlos Bocanegra and Amos McGee
  • Former MLS manager Piotr Nowak
  • Former Bulgaria international manager (and Barcelona star) Hristo Stoichkov

“The film session arguments, sharing of information,” Curtin said. “I’m 21 years old, my head is spinning in this locker room with Bob, Stoichkov, Piotr, Jesse and Chris all disagreeing and giving points of view. You couldn’t help but learn. I was lucky to be in that environment.”

“Landing in Chicago was very instrumental in my development,” Wolff added. “Those were good players and every player held each other accountable. That’s Bob as well. Nobody got away with anything, the competing was real. There were plenty of scrappy days, the feistiness. It was a very connected group. Bob Bradley’s ability to keep connecting to players and families, to keep them together, I take away those things from that group.”

Given how long Marsch spent with Bradley from college through the pros and even his first coaching job as an assistant with the national team, it’s easy to lump them together, particularly now with Marsch at Leeds six years after Bradley went to Swansea.

“They share ideas, no question. But the great thing about soccer, you can learn from the best and evolve with your own ideas,” Curtin said. “They’re their own people, they’re both appreciative of each other and both incredible at what they do. As someone who learned from both of them and owes a career to both of them, I can step back and say they’re different, and that’s okay. Both are incredible leaders. Maybe the best way to put it, they’re both incredibly brave and didn’t stay in their comfort zone. Bob took Egypt, Bob took Swansea. Jesse, same thing. He’s coached all over the world and has had success. They both find ways to win because they’re both winners.”

 Playing against Marsch? “A lot of whining, pissing and moaning”

Between D.C. and Chicago, Marsch won nine major trophies in the league’s first eight seasons: Three MLS Cups, two Supporters’ Shields and four US Open Cups. His teams won, simply put.

A tenacious defensive midfielder, Marsch was no stranger to contact, the type of player all successful teams need. He committed 450 fouls over his career and picked up 57 yellow cards.

“When you talk to people about Jesse outside of his teammates, they say ‘I hated him on the field,’” Curtin said. “No kidding, because his teams always won!”

Wolff spent five seasons with Marsch and the Fire before being traded to the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City). He got Marsch as a teammate, then had extensive experience playing against him for the better part of the next seven years, too.

“A lot of whining, a lot of pissing and moaning,” Wolff said with a laugh about playing against Marsch. “But again, there are these players who want to antagonize. … When he did something well he let everybody and anybody who could hear him know. This is Jesse, you see it, it’s right on his sleeve every single day. It’d be a boring world if we didn’t have personalities.”

Marsch didn’t win any trophies in the final act of his career at Chivas USA, but the correlation between the club being competitive and not with or without him is remarkable.

Chivas missed the playoffs in 2005, their inaugural season. Marsch joined ahead of 2006 and the club made the playoffs each of those four years from 2006-09. He retired after the 2009 season. From 2010 until the club’s final season in 2014 before ceasing operations, Chivas missed the playoffs each year.

Kljestan departed the club during the 2010 season, signing for Anderlecht. Marsch’s impact on the way he trained every day stayed with him throughout his career, still thriving with the LA Galaxy today.

“When you saw Jesse train, he wasn’t the best player but his team always won,” Kljestan said. “He always had the guys ready to play. I took a lot of that with me when I went and played with him at Red Bulls.”

Off the field, “the most humble, down-to-earth, family guy”

While Marsch wears his heart on his sleeve both as a player and coach, he’s a different human outside of the game. Most people are, anyway.

“Of course he was a different person off the field,” Curtin said. “He’s the most humble, down-to-earth, family guy from Wisconsin. He’s a great person, his mom and dad are amazing people. There’s no coincidence he’s developed into this leader.”“He’s fun off the field. We’re all self-deprecating and take shots at ourselves – he’s as open as anyone,” Wolff said. “He’s a good dude, a smart guy. He’s comfortable being uncomfortable, you’ve seen that over his career. He and his family have done things to experience life, that’s an incredible quality.”

Marsch coached in the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany and now England. In the years between Montréal and the Red Bulls, he took his kids out of school so he and his family could go on a six-month trip around the world to experience the globe’s different cultures together.Most people wouldn’t take that sort of leap.“To have a beer with Jesse, he’s one of the best storytellers,” Curtin said. “He makes everyone feel welcome. I’ve had many nights where you’re just laughing. I got to see the other side of Jesse. He’s very serious about his soccer, but he’s a down-to-earth guy.

“He’s actually hilarious, but don’t tell him I said that part,” Curtin continued. “Well, he can get repetitive with his stories, you can write that. He has five or six amazing ones where he’s like a world-class storyteller, but I’ve heard them a lot. His wife will back me up on this. I say that in the nicest way.”“You know all coaches, they think they’re funny. He’s got a few terrible jokes,” Bradley Wright-Phillips said. Wright-Phillips was the star forward for the New York Red Bulls during Marsch’s entire tenure. “But, nah man, I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about Jesse. He was quality, especially for me.”When Kljestan joined the Red Bulls in 2015, as pushed and orchestrated by Marsch, Kljestan played one more game with Anderlecht on a Tuesday night as a sendoff to a successful run at the club whose fans affectionately called “Mr. USA”. He took an overnight flight to New Jersey to complete his medical, then at the end of the day hopped on another plane to Florida to join up with his new teammates in preseason camp.In the middle of the night, as Kljestan stumbles into the hotel in a jetlagged fog, he sees a familiar, smiling face.“I got into the hotel at like 1 in the morning and Jesse is just standing in the lobby waiting for me to give me a big hug,” Kljestan said. “That meant a lot to me. It made me feel so welcomed to the group.”

“Lived and learned” in a season with the Montréal Impact

It’s easy to forget Jesse Marsch’s one year as manager of CF Montréal, then still known as the Impact. It was his first foray as a head coach.

Montréal were set to begin play in MLS in 2012. Canadian international Patrice Bernier, who began his career in 2000 with Montréal when they played in the A-League, was enjoying a successful period in Europe, currently in Denmark.

Marsch helped convince him to come home for his hometown’s inaugural season in MLS.

“I had no plans of coming back to Montréal already when the team was announced,” Bernier said. “Then Jesse came to Europe to watch players and wanted to see me. He was able to convey his philosophy and guided me to say, okay, I might come back home. He was a guy who had ideas, wanted to bring his flavor to MLS. That message conveyed.”

Bernier played for Montréal until retirement following the 2017 season. He is second all-time in MLS matches played in the club’s history.

​​“Jesse is someone who works hard,” Bernier said. “Even though me and him had our rough patches, he always communicated. Some coaches when you’re out of the mix, you never talk. He was at least honest. He took a decision, you might not like it, but the communication line was always open.”

Marsch lasted just the 2012 season with Montréal before moving on due to “differences in coaching philosophies with management.”

“When he was at Montréal, he lived and learned,” Wolff said. “He got a new pathway, got introduced in different ways. He was comfortable knowing he needs to learn. It’s a life of learning until the day you die and he knows that.”

“This guy is f—king crazy”: Marsch’s RBNY revolution

Jesse Marsch became a national name while with the New York Red Bulls from 2015-18. Expectations were low at the onset. In fact, things were hostile.

The Red Bulls were transitioning out of the Thierry Henry era with a plan to revamp the playing and recruitment styles. Mike Petke, a former player with RBNY and then their head coach, was a fan favorite and enjoyed success at the club. He was surprisingly let go in favor of Marsch that offseason.

Leaders at RBNY held a town hall for fans to voice their opinions in that first offseason and it went very poorly. The fan base was still firmly behind Petke and angry at how things played out. Marsch was there fielding questions and angry comments, taking the criticism and ill-will in stride, saying he loved the passion.

Though preseason was rocky, it didn’t take long for Marsch to win them over.

“That first game at home we played D.C. United,” Kljestan said. “I remember the fans were not happy. They did a thing where they weren’t going to cheer in the first half. But Bradley scored two goals and they started cheering again. Winning is all that matters, and we won a lot, so the fans came around very quickly.”

They did it with the now-standard Red Bull high-pressing way. While it’s a hugely popular system today, it wasn’t quite so normal around the globe and that rang true for MLS.

The players were in for a shock that preseason.

“That was tough, that was crazy, oh my god,” Wright-Phillips said. “We’re out in Florida (for preseason), even just the warmup was so difficult. I was like what the hell, I’m not the fittest guy. If you’re asking me to run at training, I’m going to struggle. It was tough, man. I remember Roy Miller looking at me like what the hell is going on. The first week of preseason was tough.”

Kljestan missed that first week of preseason as he was still playing for Anderlecht and finalizing his transfer to RBNY. The first morning at the hotel, after arriving at 1 a.m. the night before, he’s having breakfast. Marsch comes over to start to familiarize Kljestan with the tactics.“I’m still all jetlagged, but at breakfast he pulls me over and he’s drawing on a piece of paper how we’re going to play and how we’re going to press,” Kljestan said. “He’s explaining it to me, how our outside backs will press their outside backs. No one ever pressed that way. I was like: ‘This guy is f–king crazy.’”

Kljestan didn’t mind that Marsch saw him as a No. 10 after he played mostly as a box-to-box midfielder with Anderlecht. Wright-Phillips didn’t mind that a lot of the transition tactics had the players looking quickly for “Option A” when possession was recovered. Wright-Phillips was “Option A”.“He told us we were going to be the fittest team. I was thinking: ‘Me? I think you got the wrong guy, man,’” Wright-Phillips said. “He had to teach us the style in the beginning, it was like Pressing for Dummies.”

“If this doesn’t work, we’re going to be bad,” Kljestan said.

It did work out, for the team and most individuals. Wright-Phillips and Kljestan were two of the three finalists for the 2016 Landon Donovan MLS MVP award. Kljestan had 16g/51a in his three seasons under Marsch, BWP had 78g/21a in four seasons under Marsch (well, technically three-and-a-half seasons).

In Marsch’s first year in charge, 2015, the Red Bulls won the Supporters’ Shield and he was named Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year.

“​​When he went over to the Red Bulls, I joke, but it was like the Montréal Impact 2.0 for Jesse Marsch,” Bernier said. “He had a younger team, he had clearer ideas from what worked and what didn’t in Montréal. He had his convictions. I’m sure they didn’t change, but he took an approach to the Red Bulls that worked so well. It was not a surprise the success he got.”

Meanwhile, Marsch’s former teammates and friends were embarking on their own coaching careers. Wolff was an assistant under Gregg Berhalter at the Columbus Crew, Razov an assistant under Sigi Schmid in Seattle and Curtin the head coach of his hometown Philadelphia Union, to name a few.

“It was strange coaching against him,” Curtin said. “You look across the sidelines, there’s Chris Armas, who you had a great relationship with too, and there’s Jesse. There’s always something extra in those games, you want to do well against your peers. You care about what they think of your team. It was like when we were players, we wanted to win every day in training sessions against each other. That’s normal. Afterward, we’d have a drink and joke about the old times, tell the same 10 stories, and we’ll laugh.”

The Red Bulls never did win MLS Cup during Marsch’s reign, though they were probably the best team in the league over that period.

“Jesse is my favorite manager I had,” Wright-Phillips said. “I had coaches who liked me, but I never had a manager before him who taught me how to play well. Just the way he spoke to me, even the first phone call. He told me he wanted me to be a leader, but I wasn’t that kind of person, I’m more of a soldier. Tell me what to do and I’ll get it done. He said no, you have to change that. That responsibility really helped me.”

The Red Bulls won another Supporters’ Shield in 2018, the year Marsch left midseason for Germany’s RB Leipzig. Armas – Marsch’s former teammate and assistant coach – took the team the rest of the way, though stalwarts from the previous Shield-winning team like Kljestan and Dax McCarty had already left the club. Those exits, and lack of MLS Cup silverware, are the only real blemishes to Marsch’s time with the Red Bulls.

McCarty has publicly said he didn’t love how Marsch handled his exit after the 2016 season, while Kljestan said he felt shocked at his departure after 2017 as well.

“I know Dax went through the same thing,” Kljestan said. “It’s been no secret what’s happened with bigger players at the Red Bulls over the years, like Bradley going to play elsewhere is just sh*y to see. Luis Robles, Sean Davis. It is what it is, the Red Bulls have their way.”

“It was tough, it was the Red Bulls putting in place their vision,” Wright-Phillips said. “We know they want to go younger. But to hear you’re getting traded by someone you respected and played every week, it’s not easy to take. I understand their frustration, it happened to me too a couple years later.”

Marsch moved on during 2018, taking a leap of faith to move midseason from head coach of the Red Bulls to become assistant at RB Leipzig. A year later, he was named manager of Austria’s RB Salzburg, where he enjoyed tremendous success both domestically and in European competitions.

That success gave him a chance with Leipzig last summer, but he didn’t last long as Marsch was gone from that job by December. He didn’t have to wait long for Leeds to come calling.

Handling pressure, breaking American stereotypes at LeedsMarsch has had a few viral moments at press conferences since taking over at Leeds, dealing with the infamous English media that is dubious of Americans. He’s only the third American manager in the Premier League (Bradley at Swansea, David Wagner at Huddersfield Town) and only the second to have made his name in MLS following Bradley.

Bradley lasted at Swansea City for less than two months.

“They are unfairly tough on Americans, they disrespect MLS a bit,” said Wright-Phillips, an Englishman himself. “It just takes time. They’re going to have their little jokes. But me knowing Jesse, I don’t think it bothers him very much. If they’re going to try to wind him, they’ve got to be prepared to take what comes back.”

Marsch grappled with jokes about his American accent and “Ted Lasso” references, the Jason Sudeikis-led show about an American college football head coach taking charge of a Premier League team. He also took a shot back at the media.

“Knowing Jesse like I do, I know that laugh that he did,” Curtin said. “He took time to eyeball certain guys in the room. He commands respect because he deserves respect.”

It seemed like a press conference version of a late challenge that might result in one of his 57 career yellow cards or spark one of those training ground altercations in Chicago.

Marsch has currently got Leeds flying, moving further away from the relegation zone with each passing match.


“Jesse Marsch is a winner… and always will be.”  

Marsch took over at Leeds following the hugely respected Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentine manager who brought Leeds back to the Premier League and is a coaching icon. Stepping in for that type of figure in the middle of a season, with the team hemorrhaging results and staring down relegation, isn’t quite the ideal job to take over.

“You know with Jesse, he’ll do it his way and a way the players embrace,” Curtin said. “You’ve seen that already, they fight to the very last second for him. I’m not surprised. It’s not surprising he’s found ways to get results even with a team that was struggling.”

Leeds have pulled nine points clear of the relegation zone at time of writing, with six matches left to play. The teams behind them have two games in hand, though, so they’re not out of the wood just yet.

But three wins and a draw from their last four games have given them ample and unexpected breathing room. A big part of their squad is former NYCFC winger Jack Harrison.

“You can see his players will fight for him,” Wolff said. “That’s a real good starting point.”

Anything can happen in the last six games; Leeds still have to face powerhouses Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in succession. But Marsch is already turning heads and proving naysayers wrong about his decision to take the gig and Leeds’ decision to entrust their top-flight survival to an American from a small city in Wisconsin.

“I can say with confidence: Leeds fans should know they’re in the hands of someone who wants nothing more than to win,” Curtin said. “He wants nothing more than to improve the players. I have no doubt he can keep them up and I have full confidence he’ll do it. The biggest compliment I can give is that Jesse Marsch is a winner, he has been from day one, and always will be.”

“It’s going to be massive”: Seattle Sounders look ahead to CCL final vs. Pumas

By Charles Boehm @cboehm  Thursday, Apr 14, 2022, 02:36 PM

With Wednesday’s 1-1 semifinal second-leg draw vs. New York City FC, the Seattle Sounders have qualified for the Concacaf Champions League final for the first time ever.

There they will face Liga MX’s Pumas UNAM in a two-legged series on April 27 and May 4, with the first leg set for Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City and the second leg at Seattle’s Lumen Field, thanks to the MLSers’ superior record thus far in the competition.

“It’s a trophy that the club certainly covets,” said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer after Wednesday’s result, which gave his team a 4-2 aggregate win over the defending MLS Cup champions. “I think that’s something that we have made public. I think Garth [Lagerwey, Seattle’s president], when he came here, said it was a goal of ours.

“The constant theme throughout this club, the culture of the club, is to win every game, every trophy, every competition. We take all the games seriously. We don’t buy the excuse where if you commit to one tournament, you can’t proceed or do well in the other. We don’t buy that.”

Here’s a breakdown of what’s gone before, and what lies ahead.


Though it’s become more common in recent years, the Sounders are in rarified air, historically speaking.

The Rave Green are just the fifth MLS club to reach the final in the tournament’s modern incarnation, which began in 2008, and none of their four predecessors in that regard won the title. D.C. United and the LA Galaxy do hold the honor of Concacaf champions, however, having won its forerunner, the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup, in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

While clubs from seven nations in all have earned that honor over the decades, Liga MX has long held CCL in a stranglehold, winning every single edition of the current format. Current champs CF Monterrey are the most decorated winners with five continental titles during that time.

It’s become something of a white whale for MLS, considering that the league’s dramatic growth and progress since 2008 have yet to be matched by a Concacaf championship, to say nothing of the high-profile berth in the FIFA Club World Cup that it grants. The awkward timing of the tournament kicking off during MLS preseason has sorely tested fitness, sharpness and depth, while the high concentrations of elite talent on top Liga MX rosters has been a trump card for its contenders. And there have also been some agonizing near misses.

Real Salt Lake looked like solid contenders to break the duck in 2011. Back then the tournament ran along a fall-spring schedule, with a group phase, then a knockout stage stretched across two MLS seasons. Powered by Jason Kreis’ tiki-taka 4-4-2 diamond, RSL outlasted the Columbus Crew and Saprissa in the quarterfinals and semifinals. But even with a 2-2 draw in Mexico heading into the final’s second leg at Rio Tinto Stadium, Monterrey proved a bridge too far, edging the Utah side 1-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate via Humberto “Chupete” Suazo’s winner.

In 2015 CF Montréal, then known as the Montréal Impact, played the Cinderella role with distinction. Despite finishing dead-last in the 2014 league table, the Quebecois club advanced out of the CCL group stage and upset Pachuca, then Alajuelense in the knockout rounds to face mighty Club América in the final. A 1-1 first-leg draw at the vaunted Estadio Azteca put IMFC in good position for the decisive second leg in front of a large, raucous home crowd at Stade Olympique, only for a second-half hat trick from Dario Benedetto to cruelly extinguish Montréal’s dreams.

Three years later, their fellow Canadians Toronto FC came even closer, vanquishing the Colorado Rapids, Tigres UANL and América en route to a final date with Matias Almeyda’s Chivas Guadalajara as Sebastian Giovinco’s stunning exploits earned him player of the tournament honors. A pulsating final clash across two legs ended 3-3 and had to be decided by a penalty-kick shootout, where Alan Pulido and the Goats triumphed 4-2 at Estadio Akron.

LAFC, too, felt like a team of destiny in 2020 as they dispatched three quality Liga MX adversaries – Club León, Cruz Azul and América – on their march to the final, with Carlos Vela playing some of the best soccer of his Black & Gold career. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that edition of the tournament was paused during the quarterfinal stage and completed in a bubble situation in Orlando, Florida that December, with the remaining ties streamlined to one-game series. LAFC carved out a 1-0 lead over a stacked Tigres squad via a Diego Rossi goal, only for Los Felinos to pull off a late comeback win via strikes from Hugo Ayala and Andre-Pierre Gignac.

The 2022 Matchup

Though Liga MX’s mastery has led some observers to conclude that a hex of some sort has been cast over MLSers in CCL, the current Sounders side have shown themselves eminently capable of breaking new ground. In fact, they’re already being tabbed as favorites by many on both sides of the Mexico-US border.

Lagerwey, who was instrumental in the construction of that 2011 RSL team, has built one of the most talent-rich rosters in MLS history. Designated Players Raul RuidiazNico Lodeiro and winter free-agent capture Albert Rusnak top a long list of proven performers that also includes Joao PauloJordan MorrisStefan FreiNouhou Tolo and brothers Cristian and Alex Roldan, augmented by a surging academy pipeline and impressive depth pieces like Fredy Montero and Kelyn Rowe stepping up at key moments in their run to this point.

They’ve been flexible and intelligent in tactical terms, often soaking up pressure for long periods and striking with precision and menace on the counterattack. The club’s culture of ambition and success has also been evident, and they’ve taken seriously the chance to be CCL pioneers, even when it required fielding young, rotated lineups in league play.

“We want to be part of history. We want to be the first team to win Champions League, the first MLS team,” said Cristian Roldan after Seattle’s quarterfinal defeat of Club León. “Look, one way or another, there’s going to be an MLS team in the final and for us to be potentially one of them, that just makes us really proud and hopefully we get a lot of support from our people in the States.”

Some would say they’re fortunate to be facing a Liga MX opponent from outside Mexico’s traditional elite. While they can boast seven league titles, Pumas’ last such achievement was over a decade ago and they’ve scaled back spending in recent seasons, prompting a number of value-oriented acquisitions from across Latin America. But that risks slighting the outstanding work of their Argentine manager Andres Lillini and his players, who are thriving in CCL while treading water in the league this spring.

UNAM held off a spirited challenge from Saprissa in the round of 16 to advance 6-3 on aggregate. Then they mounted an incredible comeback to stun the New England Revolution, who won the first leg of their quarterfinal in snowy Massachusetts 3-0 only for Pumas to match that scoreline in Ciudad Universitaria before besting the Revs on PKs.

Lillini got his tactics spot-on to top a talented Cruz Azul side in the semifinals, goosing the throttle to win 2-1 at home, then battling La Maquina to a 0-0 stalemate with tenacious pressing and box defending in Tuesday’s second leg. Striker Juan Ignacio Dinenno has terrorized opposing defenses to the tune of a CCL-best seven goals, while veteran goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera, marauding fullback Alan Mozo, RSL academy product Sebastian Saucedo and other contributors have made them a tough proposition across the pitch.

As rock-solid as they’ve been in CCL, Seattle will probably have to find another level to take this final, particularly in a treacherous first leg at CDMX’s lung-searingly high altitude.

“One thing that we know is that we cannot play a second half that we played today, in Mexico,” said Frei after Wednesday night’s wild draw with NYCFC at Red Bull Arena. “We’re going to run out of juice very quickly.

“I think we put in a lot of effort, but if we’re going put ourselves under so much pressure in Mexico City, it’s going to be very, very difficult. So they have a good side and we’re going look at what makes them tick, and also maybe what we can exploit or what we want to target. But it’ll be a good final.”

Perennial trophy hunters under Schmetzer, the Sounders understand what will be required, and even after all their domestic success, sound hungry to gain one-of-a-kind bragging rights via Champions League glory.

“Since 2016, I think there’s been one year that we were not participating in a final of some sorts. So that’s what you play for. That’s, I think, why players come to this organization, because ultimately you want to play for trophies,” said Frei.

“The fact that I was able to be part of [Seattle’s first MLS Cup in] 2016 is a historic moment in the franchise,” he added. “There’s very select few opportunities to make history, alright? That one is gone. There’s still one elusive one for the MLS. If you can be that one, it’s going to be massive for your career, for the franchise, for everybody involved. And what a massive opportunity.”

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4/11/22  Champs League Tue/Wed CBS 3 pm, Indy 11 win-home Sat 7 pm, US Women win 9-1 play Tues 7 pm

Champions League Elite 8 Tues/Wed

Wed gives us Man City and Atletico on CBS along with Liverpool hosting Benefica at 3 pm on Para+, while Chelsea and Pulisic will travel to Real Madrid on Tues at 3 pm on CBS along with Villarreal going to Bayern Munich.  Must watch TV – last week Real Madrid’s Benzema was electric in scoring a hat trick at Chelsea while Courtois Spectacular Save – and Spanish side Villarreal stunned Bayern Munich at home 1-0, while Atletico’s Simeon helped craft a masterclass in defense as they only lost 1-0 at Man City.   

EPL Man City vs Liverpool Was a Classic !

Wow what a game – the showdown between the best 2 teams in the EPL – heck maybe the world – did not disappoint on Sunday.  The 2 squads battled to a 2-2 tie – that the home standing Man  City will probably think they should have won – but the resilient Liverpool and Klopp managed to hold onto the tie – and stand just 1 single point behind Man City with just 7 weeks left in the season. 

US Ladies win 9-1

Ok so I know I am supposed to be – yey the US ladies are playing a couple of young players and look how good they are – they won 9-1.  But who are we kidding here US Soccer? Is this Uzbekistan Crap team the best we can get to play on US soil seriously?  I  mean I bet the Columbus High School Girls team could have beaten that team 4-1.  Seriously why are playing these crap teams?   While Canada travels to play France and Spain?  Sure we are #1 yey but like Cincy in the College Football Playoff – if you don’t play anybody good – your gonna get WHACKED when you play a real team.  I know this is a team in transition but come on play someone in the top 50?  Oh yeah the US won 9-1 in Columbus – Mallory Pugh even scored a hat trick – but no one was there to see it – because honestly who wants to see the Yankees beat a high school team.   Oh yeah the #1 Ranked all powerful US Women play that same team on Tuesday night 7 pm live on ESPN2. (see stories below)

Indy 11 Win a Game!

Hey the Indy 11 went on the road and pulled off their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Rio Grande.  They return home to the Mike to play Atlanta United 2 on Saturday at 7 pm as they host Easter Egg Night. Tix available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets.

CFC GK Training moves outdoors this week Tues at Shelboure 5:30-7:30 with coach Noelle and Thur 6:15-8:15 at Badger with Coach Shane. One final note – my favorite Cuban Shop in town – heck the only 1 I think is closing this Sat – The Cuban Shop @ 8329 Michigan Rd in Indy – tell him the ole ballcoach sent you.


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Thurs, apr 14– Europa League

12:45 pm Para+                      Atalanta vs RB Leipzig (Adams)

3 pm Para +                            Barcelona vs Frankfurt (Chandler)

3  pm Paramount+                  Lyonnais vs West Ham United

3 pm Para +                            Rangers (Carter Vickers) vs Sporting Braga 

10 pm Para +                          OL Reign vs San Diego Wave NWSL 

Fri, Apri 15

3 pm ESPN+                            Real Sociadad vs Real Betis 

3  pm Paramount+                  Milan vs Genoa 

3 pm ESPN+                            Derby Cty vs Fulham (Ream, Jedi)

8 pm  CBS SN                          KC vs Houston Dash NWSL

Sat, Apr 16

7:30 am USA                           Tottenham vs Brighton

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

10 am USA                              Man United vs Norwich (Stewart)

10 am CNBC                            Southampton vs Aresenal

10:30 am ESPN+                Man  City (Steffan) vs Livepool FA Cup Semi

12:30 pm Para +                     Juventus vs Bologna 

3:30 pm ESPN+, Univision      San Jose vs Nashville SC MLS

7:30 pm My TV 23                             Indy 11 vs Atlana United 2 @ the Mike

7:30 pm Para+                                      Racing Louisville vs Chicago Red Stars NWSL

10 pm FS 1                                              Seattle Sounders vs Inter Miami

Sun,  Apr17

9 am USA                                 Leicester City vs New Castle  

11:30 am ESPN+                     Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Crystal Palace  FA Cup Semi

1:30 pm ESPN+                       Leverkusen ( ) vs RB Leipzig (Adams)

2:$5 pm beIN Sport                PSG vs Marsiele

3:30 pm ESPN+                       Sevilla vs Real Madrid

4 pm ESPN                              LAFC vs Sporting KC 

Tue Apr 19

2:45 pm ESPNU                      Hamburger vs Freiburg 

3 pm USA                              Liverpool vs Man United

3 pm Para +                          Inter vs Milan (Coppa Italia)

Wed Apr 20

2:45 pm ESPNU                      RB Leipzig (Adams) vs Union Berlin German Cup 

2:45 pm USA                        Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Arsenal 

3 pm Para +                          Inter vs Milan (Coppa Italia)


7 pm ESPN+                            Orlando City vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

7:30 pm ESPN+                       Louisville City vs St Louis City 2

7:30 pm ESON+                      Atlanta United vs Chatanooga

8:30 pm ESPN+                       San Antaonio (Jordan Farr) vs Austin FC

10:30 pm ESPN+                     LAFC vs Orange County

Thur Apr 21

2:45 pm USA                           Burnely vs Southampton

3:30 pm ESPN+                       Real Sociadad vs Barcelona

Sat, Apr 23

7:30 am USA                           Arsenal vs Man United 

10 am USA                          Man  City (Steffan) vs Watford

12:30 pm  ESPN+                    Bayern Munich vs Dortmund

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Champions League

Emery’s Villarreal eye another giant-killing at Bayern Munich

Arnaut Danjuma gives Villarreal first-leg advantage over Bayern Munich  PA Media: Sport

Villarreal shock Bayern Munich to earn narrow first-leg lead in Champions League quarter-final  The Independent
Tuchel praises Chelsea for ruthless win ahead of season-defining trip to Real Madrid

Chelsea could get ‘hammered’ at Madrid – Tuchel

Ancelotti: Benzema ‘better every day, like wine’

When Man City met Atletico, Guardiola and Simeone did what they do best

Foden foils Simeone’s Atletico master class ahead of Man City’s pivotal week

Koke bites back at Guardiola defensive comments

Liverpool strike late to take control vs. Benfica


Was Premier League’s Super Bowl »
Man City control title race after Liverpool thriller
Mark Ogden
Thrilling City-Liverpool draw leaves title race on knife edge

Classic Manchester City vs Liverpool clash truly delivers

Klopp thrilled by ‘wild’ City-Liverpool draw

Pep Guardiola: Jurgen Klopp is ‘the best,’ Liverpool quality is ‘so 

Spurs tighten grip on top-four spot as Arsenal, Man Utd lose

Police investigate Ronaldo over “assault” allegation

American Coach Jesse Marsch: Leeds United won ‘proper relegation fight’

Watford vs Leeds final score: Another huge win for Marsch’s men

US Ladies

USWNTwin 9-1 over Uzbekistan – S&S 

Smith hat trick as young USWNT scores 9 in win

USWNT’s Williams, Davidson suffer major injuries  hCaitlin Murray
USWNT, Kansas City forward Lynn Williams suffers season-ending injury

Tierna Davidson to miss 2022 season with ACL tear


Top 6 stories in the first 6 weeks: LA soccer is back, RBNY surprises, young players impress, & more ASJ

VAR controversy didn’t dull El Trafico as Chicharito, Galaxy get best of Vela’s LAFC 10hCesar Hernandez

Charlotte Wins on Olympico goal vs Atlanta United

Indy 11

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Indy 11 Jerseys revealed

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The Premier League’s Super Bowl ends in a draw, and sets up 7 dramatic, do-or-die weeks

Henry Bushnell  Sun, April 10, 2022, 1:29 PM·6 min read

There was no confetti. No trophy. No commemorative caps, concerts or celebrities. In the end, at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, in the closest thing the English Premier League will ever have to a Super Bowl, there wasn’t even a winner.Liverpool and Manchester City played 90 exhilarating, enthralling minutes that threatened to tip a title race, but didn’t.They ended 2-2, with Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane canceling out first-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. City’s lead atop the table held at one solitary point. A decisive moment, and a definitive conclusion, never arrived.And in a way, that left tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of fans worldwide feeling unfulfilled.

Super Bowls, after all, aren’t supposed to end without elation and devastation.Super Bowls aren’t supposed to end with Riyad Mahrez, in the final minute of stoppage time, staring down Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, a legendary match at the mercy of his magical left foot, but sailing his chipped shot several feet over the crossbar.Super Bowls aren’t supposed to end with businesslike hugs and respectful applause — from both sets of supporters, in recognition of the spectacle they’d just witnessed.They aren’t supposed to end with the two head coaches, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, joking with one another on an empty pitch 30 minutes after the final whistle.But this Super Bowl, instead, will give way to the Premier League’s version of an NCAA tournament, a seven-game, month-and-a-half-long sprint that might as well be a single elimination tournament.There won’t be a singular title game. If City and Liverpool each win out, the Citizens will be champions once again. But there will be weekly drama and crippling pressure. There’ll be a knowledge, which will double as an intense fear, that any one moment, any one decision, any one mistake could win or lose the title.And nobody knows when, or what, it will be.”I would like to know it,” Guardiola said postgame when asked about the deciding factor. “But I don’t.”That, for months and decades, is what has made the Premier League special. It’s the double-round-robin gift that keeps on giving. It doesn’t always produce a Super Bowl, or even late-season drama. But it amplifies every weekend, every match, every minute. It has conditioned fans and media to treat every contest between title contenders like an NBA Finals game, even if it happens in November.This season, though, delivered the best of both worlds. Thirty rounds of potentially decisive, incessantly compelling soccer built toward one titanic clash. It matched the two clubs responsible for the four most prolific seasons in Premier League history. It pitted City, which had claimed 338 points since August 2018, against Liverpool and its 337 — 69 more than the next closest challenger. It featured Guardiola and Klopp, the sport’s two most worshipped coaches who, in 22 meetings, had drawn eight and won six each.It generated Super Bowl-like media attention and anticipation. And on Sunday afternoon, it didn’t disappoint.Fifty thousand standing fans greeted its arrival, and some never sat. Four minutes in, they teetered on tip-toes, waiting to explode, as Alisson sprung off his line to deny Raheem Sterling. But 30 seconds later, City ambushed Liverpool with a quick free kick. De Bruyne charged forward, and watched his deflected shot ping in off the post. City players pumped their fists feverishly. A blue smoke bomb flew onto the field. The Etihad erupted as if this might be the decisive moment.There were, though, 85 frantic minutes still to endure.Liverpool responded eight minutes later. Klopp celebrated wildly, as if relieved, perhaps influenced by an acute awareness that City had not blown a lead all season. And the game, thereafter, rarely relented. The 50,000 fans roared or groaned at every change of possession. Their nerves clenched at every foray forward, every loose defensive-third touch, every penalty-area ricochet. Their hearts skipped beats as City goalkeeper Ederson very nearly walked the ball into his own net.City seized the game, commanded the ball, and broke Liverpool’s high defensive line again and again. But the Reds, despite the impossible stress imposed on them, constantly threatened to snatch control against the run of play. Mo Salah strode forward, and fright rippled through the Etihad. Trent Alexander-Arnold went for goal from midfield. City’s defenders, like Liverpool’s, tread carefully in the penalty area, petrified by a potentially costly mistake.

City’s quality grabbed the lead again in the 36th minute, and seemed likely to push them four points clear at the top of the league. “We deserved to win,” De Bruyne would later say, and he was probably right. He was the catalyst, pumping audacious passes side to side and back to front. Phil Foden was fearless. Joao Cancelo was magnificent. Jesus was the best version of himself.

But 45 seconds after halftime, Salah and Mane combined with peerless precision, and equalized.The hosts pushed for a winner. Raheem Sterling scored, but a video review revealed that his shoulder was inches offside. Jesus beat Alisson again, but not the four Liverpool defenders who’d congregated on the goal line. Virgil van Dijk stood tall. Mahrez, with one of the game’s last kicks, nearly punctured Liverpool’s resistance, but shrunk in the spotlight.The Reds, whom Guardiola recently called a “pain in the ass,” rode out the storm, and when a referee’s whistle finally brought calm, there they were, still standing.“They are so annoying, honestly,” Guardiola later said with a smile.He was proud of his players. Klopp, though, was more satisfied with the result.

“I would’ve loved to win,” he told NBC Sports. “But I’m happy that we didn’t lose.”He compared Sunday to a boxing match. He knew, with a draw, that Liverpool had earned a few more.He’ll need help from inferior fighters. City, he knows, must drop points against Brighton, Wolves, Watford, Leeds, Newcastle, West Ham or Aston Villa if Liverpool are to stand a chance.But he knows his team will push the defending champs.“We [have] pushed each other on insane levels in the last few years,” Klopp said earlier this season.With both still standing after Sunday, they’ll continue to push, and push back, and they’ll eventually arrive at a conclusion that the biggest EPL match in eight years didn’t quite bring.

Man City, Liverpool keep Premier League race open, but point more useful to Guardiola than Klopp

3:45 PM ET  Mark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC

MANCHESTER, England — It was epic, frenetic and unpredictable until the end, when Riyad Mahrez had a chance not only to win the game, but almost certainly the Premier League title. Instead, the Manchester City substitute sent the ball high over the Liverpool crossbar and the 2-2 result means we are no nearer knowing which of England’s best two teams will be crowned champions.

What was certain, though, was that this had been a game with everything, including the intervention of VAR to correctly rule out Raheem Sterling‘s 63rd-minute goal for offside. By that stage, Liverpool had twice cancelled out a City lead to level the scores: Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus netted for the hosts, with Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane getting the away side back on terms.

The upshot of 90 end-to-end minutes is that, with both teams having seven league games to play — there is also the not insignificant matter of next Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal head-to-head at Wembley (Stream live: 10:30 a.m. ET, ESPN+) — just one point separates the clubs that have dominated the Premier League for the past five years.”It was like a boxing fight,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “You have your arms down for a second and get a massive knock and you shake a little. It was a great game and a result which we have to live with and can live with.”City retain the advantage and their remaining fixtures suggest that Liverpool need a surprise result to go in their favour to claim top spot. Aside from visits to Wolves and West Ham, there is little to worry Pep Guardiola’s players between now and their season finale at home to Aston Villa, who are managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.Liverpool have a tougher run-in. They should make easy work of troubled rivals Manchester United and Everton at Anfield, but those fixtures are always charged with emotion and unpredictability; a home game against Tottenham on May 7 may also be hazardous, while Klopp’s men must also face Gerrard’s Villa.As each side showed in this game, their top level is at a different stratosphere to every other team in the division, so City’s success in avoiding defeat and keeping hold of top spot could ensure that this turns out to be the decisive day in the title race.But although both teams displayed their incredible quality, there were also rare glimpses of nerves and mistakes from the likes of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, City keeper Ederson, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and City’s Raheem Sterling. On an occasion when they had to be at their absolute best, perhaps it was no surprise that top performers suffered the odd wobble.Jota’s persistence almost forced Ederson to concede an embarrassing own goal in the first half and Van Dijk uncharacteristically chopped down De Bruyne in the second period with a cynical foul, which was worth the booking that followed, given it halted the City midfielder’s charge toward goal.Salah was in and out of proceedings, his best moment coming 40 seconds after half-time when he created Mane’s goal, while Sterling made too many bad decisions in key positions before he was replaced by Mahrez with a quarter-hour remaining.Elsewhere, there were plenty of outstanding performances to make the occasion so absorbing. For City, Joao Cancelo was unbeatable and unstoppable at left back as he owned his side of the pitch, while Aymeric Laporte also produced a number of crucial blocks at the back.

Liverpool’s Joel Matip was flawless in central defence, as was his goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who pulled off big saves on Sterling and Jesus as City poured forward in the early stages.But the big winner, on a day when the teams shared the points, was Guardiola, with the City manager getting everything right, from his starting line-up, to energetic high-press tactics and substitutions; replacing Sterling with Mahrez was a key decision that increased the threat in the closing stages.t has become a bone of contention that Guardiola is deemed to over-think tactics and selection in the biggest games. Although he is a serial winner, recent examples in the Champions League — last season’s final against Chelsea, when he started without a defensive midfield and striker, being one obvious occasion — have seen him allow the opposition to get into his head.Selecting Jesus from the start was another surprise here, but Guardiola was rewarded with a rare goal and incredible work rate from the Brazil international, whose energy lifted the crowd and his teammates around him.

The pace in City’s front line of Jesus, Sterling and Phil Foden gave Liverpool countless problems and it was not until the second half, following Mane’s goal, that Klopp’s side steadied themselves and pulled themselves back into the game.

Even then, City always carried the greater threat and looked the most likely winners, to the extent that a draw was a good result for Liverpool, on the day at least. However, it probably was not within the wider context, as captain Jordan Henderson admitted.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” the Liverpool captain said. “They don’t drop many points, we know that. We have to concentrate on ourselves and win as many games as possible. If they slip up we have to be there right behind them. We’ll keep going until the end. It’s not the end of the world, we are still in the race.”Henderson was a young Liverpool player when a slip did tilt the balance of a title race, so perhaps a subconscious reference to Gerrard’s mistake against Chelsea in 2014 serves as a reminder that anything can happen in the season’s closing stages.But City are on course to win their fourth title in five season and midfielder De Bruyne knows that his side simply have to maintain their form to lift the trophy on May 15. “Today we played very well; I think we had the upper hand,” De Bruyne said. “This is the way we need to play the rest of the season. I know people said whoever wins gets the title, but it’s too hard, the schedule is too tough for both teams to win every game, but we will try.”There are 21 points to play for. If either side fails to claim them all, they will end up in second place.

Three things we learned from the Premier League

, April 10, 2022, 3:29 PM

The Premier League title race is on a knife-edge after Manchester City retained pole position with a pulsating 2-2 draw against their closest challengers Liverpool.Antonio Conte’s Tottenham revolution gathered pace with a 4-0 rout of Aston Villa that boosted their top four bid, while Leeds should be safe after an impressive win at Watford.AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:Prize fighters can’t land knockout blow.  Manchester City and Liverpool traded blows throughout an enthralling clash between the Premier League heavyweights, but neither could land the knockout punch that would have put them on course to clinch the title.- ADVERTISEMENT -Leaders City sit one point clear of second-placed Liverpool after goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus were cancelled out by Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane.It was the kind of high-quality contest that underlined why both sides can stake a claim to being the world’s best.Liverpool could cement that argument if they can pip City to the title, but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp knows the reigning champions will be tough to catch.

“It was an exceptional game of football. Two heavy-weights, chomping at each other. It’s crazy the intensity. A completely different level,” Klopp said.”Both arms down for a second and you get a massive knock. Now we have to be as close to perfection to win seven Premier League games. Insane!”Guardiola agreed with Klopp’s assessment that only perfection will be enough to take the title, and he admitted it was frustrating not to kill off their rivals.”He likes his punching games! No regrets, but I had the feeling that with this result we missed an opportunity, a feeling we leave them alive,” Guardiola said.Conte warms to task at SpursIt has been a curious season for Tottenham, who topped the Premier League table in late August before results nosedived and they parted ways with manager Nuno Espirito Santo.Antonio Conte, who arrived in November, often appeared grumpy in the early weeks of his reign, making no secret about his dissatisfaction with the club’s transfer policy.But now the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss is re-energised and senses “blood” after Spurs beat Aston Villa 4-0 to close in on a Champions League place next season.

Tottenham have won six out of their past seven league games at a time when Arsenal and Manchester United have stumbled, with both losing on Saturday.Spurs boast more firepower than their main rivals, with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and January signing Dejan Kulusevski dovetailing to devastating effect in recent weeks.Tottenham — three points clear of Arsenal and six ahead of United — are now favourites to return to Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since they 2019/20 season.”We had to show in this moment that you start to feel the blood of your opponent and it is important to not fail,” said Conte.”For this reason we are working a lot on the mentality. The players are giving me great satisfaction in many aspects.”Leeds pull away from dangerThe decision of the Leeds hierarchy to dispense with the services of much-loved manager Marcelo Bielsa was not a popular one, but their move now looks canny.Leeds, in their second season back in the Premier League, were just two points above the relegation when the Argentine was sacked in late February.There was not an immediate bounce under US coach Jesse Marsch but three wins in four games have lifted the club nine points above danger and they are nearing safety.Supporters sang Marsch’s name during Saturday’s 3-0 win at Watford, which included goals from Raphinha, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison.”So much of my emphasis is on the team and us as a group and what we’re about and how we’re going to achieve things together and any time that it draws attention to me, I don’t necessarily like it,” Marsch said.

When Man City met Atletico, Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone did what they do best

Apr 6, 2022  Gabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC

Pep Guardiola bristled twice at long-held cliches on Monday during Manchester City‘s news conference ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League first-leg quarterfinal clash with Atletico Madrid. For a start, he got sarcastic when the familiar “overthinking in big games” accusation was launched in his direction: “In the Champions League, I always overthink … I always create new tactics and ideas, and tomorrow you will see a new one … we will play with 12 men.”Then, he became dismissive when asked about another tired theme: the contrast in style between himself and Diego Simeone, the Atletico boss, whose teams get typecast as defensive, unscrupulous and on the ethical edge of sports.”There is a misconception, wrong, about the way [Simeone] plays,” he said. “It’s more offensive than people believe … I’m not going to talk one second about this stupid debate. Everyone tries to win the game. If they win, they are right. If we win, we are right.”Guardiola, of course, is correct on both counts. The “overthinking” charge doesn’t come out of thin air — his critics will bring up dropping Yaya Toure against Monaco in 2016-17, deploying Aymeric Laporte at left-back against Liverpool in 2017-18, leaving out Kevin De Bruyne against Spurs in 2018-19, switching to a back three with two holding midfielders against Lyon in 2019-20 and even going without a defensive midfielder in last year’s final against Chelsea — but you also need to view it in context. He doesn’t do it because he’s on some tactical ego trip; he does it to gain an edge, often against weaker opponents who spent the buildup to the game studying every facet of City and how to neutralise them.When it works — like turning Oleksandr Zinchenko from a No.10 into a left-back, flipping Bernardo Silva from a winger to a midfielder (and sometimes even a striker) or showing the world he can win the Premier League without a recognized “traditional” center-forward — we don’t accuse him of overthinking, do we?Equally, the depiction of Atletico as purely defensive, grind-it-out, win-ugly-by-any-means-necessary is also somewhat tired. Anyone who has watched LaLiga over the past year or so will have seen Simeone try to wean Atleti off his “Cholista” roots in an effort to play more proactive, attacking football. He has tinkered and experimented to get the balance right; it hasn’t always worked, and at times they’ve reverted to type, but StatsBomb data has them in the top five in terms of shots and non-penalty xG and their disciplinary record is mid-table.The days when this side was defined by a Diego Godin snarl, a Diego Costa elbow and a Raul Garcia header are long gone as you’d expect from a team that has Joao Felix up front.

And yet here’s the thing about cliches: Often they contain more than a kernel of truth. Tuesday night’s game at the Etihad saw two managers who played up to their stereotype, as if they were professional wrestlers determined to stick to an accessible, easy-to-understand kayfabe.Guardiola overthinking? It’s not so much that with Joao Cancelo forced to play on the right due to Kyle Walker‘s suspension, he opted for Nathan Ake — more of a center-back throughout his career — at left-back instead of Zinchenko, City’s first choice over the past few seasons. That may have been down to the fact that Zinchenko, who was on the bench, had not started a game in nearly a month and, understandably, may be weighed down by the horrors unfolding in his native Ukraine.

It was more the choice of leaving Phil Foden on the bench, moving Bernardo Silva up front and sticking Ilkay Gundogan in midfield. Not something you expect at home from a side that sits deep and leaves you possession like Atletico. But where the blueprint was followed religiously, and the cliches confirmed convincingly, was in how the game unfolded and each manager lived up to the stereotype.Simeone’s side sat deep in a 5-3-2 formation with five defenders, three holding midfielders and two counterattacking forwards who spent much of the game as auxiliary fullbacks. They failed to make a single attempt at goal throughout the game. Guardiola’s men enjoyed 71% possession, and while they ended up with 15 shots, most were speculative hit-and-hopers and just two were on target, which is why Jan Oblak had to make just one save. It wasn’t a particularly dirty match, but right at the end, Atleti seemed to want to live up to their “cartoon villain” image: Rodrigo De Paul and Matheus Cunha clashed with Ederson, while Sime Vrsaljko smacked a ball off a prone Jack Grealish and later fondled his headband.

All of which is somewhat ironic, but fundaentally not unexpected.Teams play to their strengths. City’s are passing, movement and winning the ball back quickly after losing it (something they didn’t do often because they rarely lost the ball). Atletico’s — much as they’d like to become a bit more multifaceted — are ultimately stout defending and organization. Both were really effective at what they do, and what we got was immovable object besting unstoppable force for most of the game. Or offense vs. defense, as most had predicted.When this happens, there are three ways to break the stalemate: a defensive error, a refereeing mistake or some unscripted individual brilliance. In the end, it was the latter that turned the game, thanks to Phil Foden, who came on as a sub and conjured up that assist for De Bruyne.It’s knockout football. You expect teams to play their strengths, which is exactly what Simeone and Guardiola did. And when they adopt diametrically opposed game plans and are (mostly) flawless, this is what you get: a stalemate decided in the blink of an eye.Sometimes it’s OK to be exactly what others think you are. Sometimes it’s OK to be yourself.

USWNT 9-1 Uzbekistan: The Americans put on a Goal Scoring Feast

The USWNT faced off against Uzbekistan in Columbus, Ohio, and walked away with a stunning 9-1 win, featuring a hat-trick from Sophia Smith.

By Adnan Ilyas@Adnan7631  Apr 9, 2022, 5:31pm PDT  

In the opening minutes, Sophia Smith got in a cross into the six-yard box, but her cross was cleared away. After that, the USWNT got a set of corners, the second of which led to a header from Rose Lavelle that went off the crossbar, with Alana Cook’s attempt to clean the play up also going off the post. A few minutes later, Lindsey Horan latched onto a cutback from the left in a dangerous spot in the box, but her attempt was blocked. After that, the US only managed a few half chances for a period, but the Uzbeks did well to keep an organized defense and stifle the attack. The most dangerous chances came from Mallory Pugh. Pugh has once chance when she drifted inside and latched onto a good through ball from midfield, but the Uzbeki goalkeeper, Laylo Tilovova, did well to come out and smother the chance right at Pugh’s feet. And then, again, a chance for Pugh. This one started when Kelley O’Hara released Smith on the right, only for the right back to be cut down. The ref played advantage, allowing for a cross to be whipped in by Smith towards Pugh in the box, who just couldn’t latch onto it for the finish.Finally, the deadlock was broken in the 26th minute.Macario swung a corner in, which goes all the way to the backpost. Horan got the first header, and then Cook got a second before Andi Sullivan finally nodded it in. And from there, the goals came flooding in. Immediately off the restart, the USWNT recovered possession and Lavelle played in Pugh, who calmly slotted home the team’s second goal.Then, in the 33rd, Smith cleaned up a cross from Pugh that whizzed across goal past Lavelle. 3-0 For the fourth, Sullivan got on the end of a Uzbeki goal kick and plays in a one-time through ball to Smith, who’s in behind on the left. She scored her second with a clean finish.The USWNT got a few more chances, but that 4-0 scoreline held on until the half. But not by much. The announcer had scarcely announced the substitutions of Horan and Sullivan for Sam Mewis and Jaelin Howell before Macario rounded the goalkeeper for a 5th goal. The Sixth goal game after a long pass from Kristie Mewis found Mallory Pugh. Pugh crossed it over to give Sophia Smith a tap in, completing her hat-trick. The hat-trick hero came off in the 61st, along with Macario, replaced by Ashley Hatch and Midge Purce. Then, in the 64th, Jaelin Howell scored her first ever goal for the national team off of a side-footed volley. 7-0.Following substitutions for Emily Fox and Rose Lavelle for Sofia Huerta and Ashley Sanchez, respectively, the USWNT’s play fell into a little bit of a lull. Most notably, the USWNT switched off for a moment and allowed Uzbekistan to grab a goal off a corner through Aziza Norboeva in the 70th minute. Despite the more muddled play, there were still a few chances, and, of course, a few more goals. Once again, Pugh was able to find a few chances, but couldn’t quite finish. She ran the length of the field with in the 75th minute, but, when she got her shot off, the goalkeeper tipped it up over the crossbar. And then Pugh couldn’t turn a cross into a wide open goal just after the 80th minute mark.Finally, the USWNT got back on the scoresheet as Ashley Hatch made it 8 in the 86th minute, putting the ball into the net after the Uzbek goalkeeper made a mistake and missed an in-swinging ball. Then, Ashley Sanchez sealed the game off with a curling shot in the 89th, her first international goal. And that’s how the game ended, 9-1.Sophia Smith will, of course, get a lot of attention for the hat-trick, and deservedly so. But Mallory Pugh also particularly deserves attention for her trio of assists. All told, it was an excellent night for the USWNT.

Sounders impress in huge win, Chelsea & Pulisic outplayed, Ream nears another promotion, & more

it was a busy week in American soccer with a pair of Americans leading an impressive Seattle Sounders team, Pulisic and Chelsea getting outplayed by Real Madrid, Tim Ream on the cusp of anther promotion, and much more. ASN’s Brian Sciaretta breaks down the week’s top stories with his thoughts and analysis. 


IT WAS A BUSY WEEK for American soccer with a bunch of important games taking place – both domestically and abroad. The UEFA Champions League saw the best American player in action while arguably two of the biggest American teams squared off in the CONCACAF Champions. Elsewhere, there was a lot at stake in Europe’s domestic leagues.Here are some thoughts on the games as well as the top news stories


 The Seattle Sounders have found themselves to be in great shape in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League after defeating New York City 3-1 at home in the first leg. With away goals still serving as the tie breaker, New York City still has a chance but has a huge uphill climb returning to its “home” leg at Red Bull Arena.This game was wild in the first half as both teams came out firing. Seattle struck first in the 16th minute on a wonderful team goal that was finished by Albert Rusnak. Both Roldan brothers were involved in the build-up and it was Christian who played the ball into the box for Jordan Morris. Morris then displayed a lot of skill controlling the ball before playing Rusnak into a dangerous spot for a first-time finish. After an NYCFC equalizer, Seattle regained the lead thanks to a very well-taken goal from Jordan Morris after Christian Roldan got on the end of a long throw in and centered the ball to Morris who buried te shot.In the 68th minute Seattle gained a 3-1 lead after VAR awarded penalty after Thiago Martins was judged to have fouled Raul Ruidiaz. Nicholas Lodeiro then stepped up to easily convert the penalty.“My overall impression, right now, was that was an entertaining soccer game,” Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said. “I hope our fans enjoyed that. I did. I enjoyed that. I hope the TV audience that tuned in enjoyed that. I thought it was a good game.”In the end, Seattle walked off with a commanding 3-1 lead returning to the second leg.Here are some thoughts.


 Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan both had extremely impressive performances. Thus far, Roldan has a strong case for being the player of the CCL tournament.For Morris, the performance was even more significant because this was, by far, the best he has looked since his return from the 2021 ACL injury. The form Morris had in 2019 and 2020 put him among the best Designated Players in the entire league. He was rusty in his return starting last November but this was as close to his previous form as he has ever been. If he is back it is great news for the Sounders.Obviously both players are in the mix for the national team. Roldan is largely a late sub off the bench who can fill a number of different positions for Gregg Berhalter. He works extremely hard and knows his role. Morris had fallen behind in the pecking order but if he can build off this outing, he can get back into an important position – particularly if players like Brenden Aaronson or Gio Reyna start to adopt more midfield roles.


 In addition to Morris and Roldan, this was the first time Seattle had all of its front six playing and in form. The results were impressive. With Rusnak finally scoring for Seattle, Nico Lodeiro running the midfield with Joao Paulo and Rusnak and Raul Ruidiaz back up top, it was lethal. The quality of the goals and opportunities was something that other teams are going to have a tough time matching.”Every one of us gave it all today. I think there wasn’t a player that didn’t have a great performance,” Albert Rusnak said. “That’s what it takes in these kinds of games. We played against a good team, and we managed to win by two goals. We’re halfway there, but we’re expecting another tough game next week on Wednesday.”Seattle was shaky defensively at times in this game. That was to be expected with central defender Yeimar Gómez (injured) and left back Nouhou (suspended). When those players are back, Seattle should be in great shape.


 The second leg is going to be very difficult for NYCFC. Yes, they have an away goal, but they are going to have to push forward for goals. In doing that, it is going to be very hard to keep Seattle off the board. With Seattle’s defense getting upgrades for the second leg, it will make the task that much harder.NYCFC really hasn’t played well this season and their Champions League run hasn’t been nearly as demanding as the other three teams. It is going to be a tall task to reverse all of that against a Seattle team that is desperate to go to the Final and win it.


 The greatest moment in Christian Pulisic’s career came last year in the Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid when he was arguably the best player over both legs as Chelsea advanced to the final against Manchester City – which it won.In 2022, Chelsea was set to face Real Madrid in the quarterfinal of the Champions League. The first leg was on Wednesday and Chelsea did not fare nearly as well. Playing home at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea dropped a 3-1 decision with Karim Benzema notching a hat trick. Chelsea was poor and at times careless – like on Real Madrid’s third goal when goalkeeper Edouard Mendy gave the ball away.Pulisic started and played 64 minutes. He wasn’t poor but rarely got the ball in dangerous positions. Chelsea opted to attack mostly down the right side opposite to Pulisic.When Thomas Tuchel was asked afterward if Chelsea was still alive in this tie, he responded: “No, not at the moment. No.”Chelsea was outclassed on the day. Karim Benzema might be the best player in the world at the moment while Chelsea continued to struggle getting offensive production from Romelu Lukaku – a player the club spent $100 million to acquire.Pulisic has played a lot for Chelsea in 2022 and has had a good couple of months. But things can change quickly at the elite levels of this game and Real Madrid is just better in 2022.


 It’s a foregone conclusion that Fulham will secure promotion to the Premier League but it should become a reality very soon. Wednesday 1-0 win on the road against Middlesbrough now has the team six points away. Any combination of either points won by Fulham or lost by Nottingham Forest will see Fulham clinch.The win was a familiar formula. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored again – his 38th goal of the season – and the team played smart defense. The latter part was led by Tim Ream, who was excellent. USMNT left back Antonee Robinson played the final eight minutes to help see out the win.Ream may never stand out in the Premier League, but when you consider price paid by the owners of top Championship clubs to buy players push for promotion and then you consider Ream is a proven star defender in promotional efforts in the league, it makes you realize just how valuable he is. From a financial standpoint, he is a player who can be key to promotion to the Premier League.


 On Wednesday, with Augsburg up 2-1 on Mainz in an important match in the Bundesliga relegation race, Ricardo Pepi subbed into the game in the 71st minute to help Augsburg see out the win. He had just seven touches and completed just one pass. Augsburg won for the second consecutive game and is now six points clear of relegation and its prognosis to survive in the league this season is excellent.Pepi has not scored in six months for either FC Dallas, the United States national team, or Augsburg. Last weekend he played well in the win over Wolfsburg despite not scoring. The good news for him is that the team’s improved standing should take the pressure off him and the rest of the team. It bodes well for him getting more playing time but he does need to take advantage, sooner than later, to change the narrative of his recent expensive transfer.


 After starting five games for Nottingham Forest where he played well, Ethan Horvath has been back on the bench for the club’s first two games after the international window. The first wasn’t surprising as Horvath was only just returning from time away with the U.S. team. But Horvath on the bench for Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Coventry City was surprising.The way to read this is that Forest manager Steve Cooper simply does not see a lot separating Brice Samba and Horvath as the team’s top keepers. He doesn’t want to make a change after one of the keepers has a solid effort and a win.To be fair, Samba has also played well. He made saves in the 4-1 away win over Blackpool on Saturday and then was solid again in the win over Coventry. It seems unlikely Cooper will make a change for the game against Birmingham City.It’s tough for Horvath right now because he has done enough to start but leaving for the U.S. team seems to have opened the door for Samba – who has taken advantage. But the real question will be who starts for Forest in the promotional playoffs, if they qualify.


 Konrad de la Fuente season is likely over as it was announced that he will have to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage.It was a mixed season for de la Fuente who made 16 Ligue 1 appearances for 786 minutes (he also made one appearance for 56 minutes in the Coupe de France and six appearance in the Europa/Conference league for 230 minutes). His only goal or assist was a goal in the Conference League against Qarabag.De la Fuente’s best performances were towards the beginning of the season and his minutes declined as the season progressed. Last month there was a French report that questioned his work ethic.The questions over his professionalism are a huge concern since he is still so unproven and should be completely focused on improving and securing his role on the team. He has the skill on the ball, but next year will need to see that translate into more offensive production.Once De la Fuente returns from his injury, he is going to have to have a big preseason and show a high level of dedication.

Pinho Braces Powers Indy Eleven to First Win of 2022, Mark Lowry Era in Indy

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EDINBURG, Texas (Saturday, April 9, 2022) – Indy Eleven capped a gritty away performance with a late game brace by forward Stefano Pinho before holding on to capture its first win of the 2022 season – and the first victory for head coach Mark Lowry on the Eleven sideline – via a 2-1 triumph at Rio Grande Valley FC. The win at H-E-B Park allows Indy Eleven to carry a three-game undefeated streak back to the Circle City, where it will play five of its next six contests through the end of May.The first half was an overly physical affair marked mostly by fouls and stingy play in the middle third. The best early chance for either side came in the 17th minute when Eleven goalkeeper Elliot Panicco came up with an impressive low save on Isidro Martinez’s 20-yard blast. Indy managed to get into the game via some dangerous crosses over the final 15 minutes of the half, but good looks by Alex McQueen and Jared Timer were handled by RGV before they could find a teammate. Martinez and Eleven midfielder Justin Ingram both wound up from distance during the lone minute of stoppage time, but neither found frame and the match went to halftime as it started at 0-0.While Rio Grande Valley again held the bulk of the possession out of the locker rooms, all it really had to show for it was Frank Lopez’s effort from the top of the arc in the 56th minute that Panicco did well to parry over his crossbar. Indiana’s Team continued to find more of the ball as the half progressed, and the chances were soon to come, starting with Pinho’s opener in the 69th minute. The Brazilian did well to place defender Mechack Jerome’s ball from near the midfield stripe into the top of the area with his first touch before calmly finishing from near the penalty spot with his second to give Indy the advantage heading into the final 20 minutes.But Pinho wasn’t done, as he’d bag his third in as many games in the 78th minute on another play started by Jerome, this time with a timely tackle at midfield. Ingram collected and played quickly to substitute striker Aris Briggs, whose inch perfect through ball split two defenders and found Pinho at the top of the area, where he rounded onrushing RGV netminder Colin Miller and finished into the vacated goal to push the Eleven lead to 2-0.The FC Toros pressure on the final third mounted in the following minutes, and Indy could only hold the fort for so long. Lopez adjusted well to first-time Robert Coronado’s cross to the top of the six, his finish cutting the deficit in half in the  83rd minute to set up a nervy finish. A last gasp attempt at an RGV equalizer came in the final of four minutes of stoppage time via a free kick just outside the Indy penalty area, but the leaping four-man wall did it just, allowing the Eleven to secure its first victory of the Mark Lowry Era.Indiana’s Team returns home next Saturday, April 16, when it welcomes Atlanta United 2 for a 7:00 p.m. ET kick that can be followed on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/943exitos.com, and ESPN+. Tickets for all Indy Eleven regular season contests at IUPUI Carroll Stadium are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets.

Match Notes:

  • Indy Eleven has now gone 21 consecutive league matches without a loss when scoring the game’s first goal, a stretch that dates back to July 2020.Defender/midfielder Noah Powder made his 100th appearance in USL Championship action at the opening whistle. The New Jersey native and Trinidad & Tobago international has appeared in four of Indy Eleven’s first five league matches, which combined with his 47 matches with Real Monarchs SLC and 49 with NY Red Bulls II add him to the USLC’s “Century Club”.Speaking of the Century Club, midfielder Ayoze made his 102nd appearance in an Eleven uniform – and first of 2022 – when he entered in the 86th minute. The Spaniard had been nursing a lower leg injury since the back half of preseason in February.Another member of Indiana’s Team, 2021 leading scorer Manuel Arteaga, also made his first appearance in 2022, coming on as a late-game cameo in the final minute of stoppage time. The Venezuelan forward bagged 10 goals to pace the squad in his first season in Indy last year but had been sidelined after suffering a knee injury in a preseason game in February.

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4/9/22  USWNT Sat 4/9 on Fox 5:30 pm/El Traffico LAFC vs LA Galaxy 7:30, Man City vs Liverpool Sun 11:30, Indy 11 8:30 pm

Sorry folks – busy at the Masters this week – late coverage coming for Champ League tomorrow online.   

Champions League Elite 8 Tues/Wed

Wed gives us Man City and Atletico on CBS along with Liverpool hosting Benefica at 3 pm on Para+, while Chelsea and Pulisic will travel to Real Madrid on Tues at 3 pm on CBS along with Villarreal going to Bayern Munich.  Must watch TV – I assume at least 1 game per day will be on CBS. 


(American’s in parenthesis)

Sat, Apr 9

10 am USA                              Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Brentford

10 am CNBC                            Wolverhampton vs Aston Villa

10 am Peacock                        Leeds United vs Southampton

12:30 pm Peacock                  Man United vvs Leicester City 

5:30 pm FOX                       USA Women vs Ubekistan  

7;30 pm FOX                        LAFC vs LA Galaxy El Traffico

8:30 am ESPN+                                     Indy 11 @ Rio Grande  

Sun,  Apr10

9 am USA                                 Norwich (Stewart) vs Burnley

9 am Peakcokc                        Leicester City vs Crystal Palace                               

11:30 am  USA                   Liverpool vs Man City

1;30 pm Fox                            Charolotte FC vs Atlana United

4:30 pm Fox Sport 1               Atlanta United vs Charlotte 

Tues, apr 5– Champ League

3 pm CBS                                Chelsea (Pulisic) @ Real Madrid

3  pm Paramount+                  Villarreal @ Bayern Munich

Wed, apr 4–13 Champ League

3 pm CBS                                Man City  vs Atletico Madrid

4  pm Paramount+                  Benefica vs Liverpool

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Wolfsburg v Arminia Bielefeld – 9:30a on ESPN+

Currently sitting in the relegation playoff position, tied on points with 17th place Hertha Berlin and one point back of Stuttgart and safety, George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld will face John Brooks and a Wolfsburg side that are themselves just five points out of relegation. It’s been a rough season for Bielefeld who narrowly avoided relegation last year as well. The drop has been more precipitous for Wolfsburg who entered the season as one of the Bundesliga’s Champions League representatives and now are struggling to finish above the relegation fray. This season will be John Brooks’ final run with the club, but Kevin Paredes will be with the team next year if that impacts your rooting decisions for this one.

Broadcast matches:

  • Christian Pulisic and Chelsea FC look to bounce back from their midweek loss to Real Madrid in Champions League play when they face Southampton at 10a on USA Network. Chelsea also lost last weekend 4-1 to Brentford and need to avoid additional mistakes if they are going to hold of Tottenham and Arsenal FC for Champions League qualification.
  • Orlando City SC and the Chicago Fire face off at 1p on Univision and Twitter. Gaga Slonina will be in next for the Fire and has an outside shot at making the 2022 World Cup roster.
  • Inter Miami and DeAndre Yedlin face the New England Revolution and Matt Turner, who remains questionable due to injury. This match will kick off at 3p on ESPN.
  • The latest battle for LA kicks off at 7:30p on Fox with Kellyn Acosta and LAFC taking on the LA Galaxy.

Streaming overseas:

  • Ricardo Pepi and Augsburg have won four straight matches and now sit in 13th place, six points out of relegation. Things will be quite a bit tougher this weekend as they face Bayern Munich at 9:30a on ESPN+.
  • Julian Green, Timothy Tillman and Greuther Fürth face Joe Scally and Borussia Mönchengladbach at 9:30a on ESPN+. Fürth are all but mathematically relegated ,while ‘Gladbach currently sit in 12th place.
  • Jesse Marsch and Leeds United continue their push for safety when they face Watford at 10a on Peacock. Leeds have a six point lead over Burnley for 18th (and relegation), but Burnley and Everton both have two games in hand. Watford currently trail Everton by three points.

MLS matchups (all on ESPN+):


Norwich City v Burnley – 9a on USA

Norwich City and Burnley kick things off Sunday morning in a relegation match that is probably one of the last chances you’ll have to catch Josh Sargent in the EPL for the next year and a half. Norwich sit bottom of the table with just 18 points and seven points out of safety with 8 matches to play, so relegation seems like a formality at this point. Perhaps this weekend’s match against Burnley will be an opportunity to see how Sargent will fare against Championship sides. Burnley are in 18th and also currently sit in the relegation zone. They are just one point back of Everton and, as was mentioned previously, they have two games in hand compared to Leeds, who they trail by five points. Burnley come into this one with quite a bit to play for, as a loss to Norwich would be devastating. This has all the makings of an ugly match. Enjoy!

Broadcast matches:

  • Charlotte FC take on Miles Robinson and Atlanta United 1:30p on ABC in what is already the second match between the two clubs just six games into the season. Atlanta won the first match just a month ago.
  • Austin FC take on Minnesota United at 7:30p on FS1 in the weekend finale.

Streaming Overseas:

  • Matt Miazga and Deportivo Alaves take on Osasuna at 8a on ESPN+. Miazga has not made it off the bench in the last five matches for the relegation bound Alaves side.
  • Eric Palmer-Brown and Troyes face Monaco at 9a on beIN Sports.
  • Timothy Weah’s Lille side take on Angers at 9a on beIN Sports as well. Weah missed last weekend’s draw with Bordeaux due to a suspension from a ridiculous red card he was shown.
  • Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, and Venezia are three points back of safety as they go to face Udinese at 9a on Paramount+.
  • Timothy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt face Freiburg at 11:30a on ESPN+.
  • Tyler Adams has missed RB Leipzig’s past two matches, but has returned to the squad ahead of the matchup with Chris Richards and Hoffenheim at 1:30p on ESPN+. Leipzig have made a push back into the Champions League qualifying positions and lead Freiburg by three points and Hoffenheim by four.
  • Sergiño Dest did not travel with FC Barcelona for the Europa League matchup with Eintracht Frankfurt. The club now face Levante at 3p on ESPN+.

4/1/22  Indy 11 Home Opener Sat 7 pm, US WC Draw includes England/Iran, UCL Tue/Wed, USWNT Sat 4/9 in Columbus

Indy 11 Host Home Opener Sat Night 7 pm at the Mike

The Indy 11 finally arrive home after 3 straight on the road and a 0-1-2 mark to start the season.  New GK Elliot Paniccomade GK of the Week in the USL as he helped the Indy 11 take a 1-1 tie at Louisville last weekend (hi-lights).   The 11 will kickoff their home opener at 7 pm Saturday night vs LA Galaxy II visit

the Mike.  Visit indyeleven.com/tickets to get single game tickets for as low as $16 plus fees.  Word on the Street is they are close to a sell-out so make those plans early to attend!!  Arrive early as the tailgating area – including the BYB will start 3 hours before gametime.  Also of note Tuesday night the Indy 11 will host St. Louis in US Open Cup play at 7:30 pm at the Mike.  The Boys in Blue will need a good crowd on hand to pull them thru – so make plans today. 

US Qualifies for World Cup will Face England and Iran in Group B Play 

So the US got a decent draw for the World Cup in Qatar in late Nov/Dec with matches against top 10 England (overated) and Iran along with the winner of the European Playoff probably Wales or Ukraine.  While this is the not the group of death – if Wales or Ukraine advance – the aggregate rankings will have our group as the most difficult draw.  Stll I gotta love the chance to play “mighty” England, while looking for payback for our 1998 2-1 loss to Iran.  Games will be at 2 pm – ET – which is cool.  I’ll have much more next week in the OBC.

The 0-2 loss at Costa Rica

So it wasn’t pretty – losing to a Costa Rica team that NEVER loses at home – especially with World Class GK Keylor Navas between the pipes.  Like I said last week before Mexico – we had to a get a point at Mexico –because we could never beat a healthy Navas at home in Costa Rica – and wha la.  Now I” will admit I foolishly bought in and predicted here the US would find a way to win it 2-1 – but when Navas saves 6 shots just in the first half and 9 overall – well – fat chance finding a way to beat a great goalkeeper – especially when the US has a pretty lousy one.   On one side Navas was a god defending his net with grace – on the other the US had a clearly rusty and lackadaisical Zack Steffan who sucked big-time.  Hi GK has been questionable in all 3 games – and this time his stellar defense couldn’t cover up his glaring mistakes.  Sorry but I for one will be praying for Matt Turner to get healthy and get back in net for the US – his shot stopping ability is simply LIGHT YEARS in front of Steffan right now.  We’ll see if Steffan demands a loan from Man City to get more playing time – but its obvious the bench at Man City is only making Steffan worse.  I think Horvath and Matt Turner are better shotstoppers and I could honestly give a dang if my keeper has midfielder skills with his feet – if he can’t make a dang save with his hands or command his box on high balls and corners.  Time will tell – but I wouldn’t stake my job on Steffan right now unfortunately.   

Berhalter Was Spot On Again

I laugh at the people calling for Berhalter’s head – all he has done is take the youngest US team in history and one of the youngest in the world – and found a way to get us qualified despite never once having his best 4 players on the field at the same time due to injuries.  He has introduced tons of young players and found the likes of Brendan Aaronson, Musah, De La Torre, Busio, Pepi, Ferriera and more as he just finds a way to plug guys in and still make it all work – no matter who is out injured – he finds a way to balance the roster and get the result needed.  His true judgement will come in the World Cup this Nov/Dec but lets give credit where it is due – he’s he got us back in the World Cup with the youngest, most talented team the US has ever seen – he has turned us from a defensive – hold on for dear life counter attack team – to a possession based – dominate team.  Again we’ll find out more in the World Cup but for now –  Berhalter has succeeded (Lallas video).   Had a great time with the American Outlaws Indy at Union Jack’s Sports bar in Broadripple.  The power went off in the 2nd half – but we had our cell phones and we stuck together to watch it out.  At the end we celebrated  with a toast to our  young World Cup going team !! 

Champions League Elite 8 Tues/Wed

Tues gives us Man City and Atletico along with Liverpool traveling to Benefica at 3 pm on Para+, while Chelsea and Pulisic will host Real Madrid on Wed at 3 pm along with Villarreal hosting Bayern Munich.  Must watch TV – I assume at least 1 game per day will be on CBSSN. 


(American’s in parenthesis)

Sat, Apr 2

10 am USA                              Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Brentford

10 am CNBC                            Wolverhampton vs Aston Villa

10 am Peacock                        Leeds United vs Southampton

12:30 pm Peacock                  Man United vvs Leicester City  

12:30 pm ESPN+                     Dortmund (Reyna) vs RB Leipzig (Adams)  

3:30 pm Univision                   Chicago vs Dallas

7 pm TV 8                              Indy 11 vs LA Galaxy II @ the Mike

Sun,  Apr3

10 am Peacock                        Chelsea (Pulisic) vs New Castle

9 am USA                                West Ham vs Everton  

10 am Peacock                       Leeds United vs Norwich

2:45 pm  CBS SN                     Juventus vs Inter  

4:30 pm Fox Sport 1               Atlanta United vs Charlotte 

Mon,  Mar 14

4 pm  USA                               Cyrstal Palace vs Man City

Tues, apr 5– Champ League

3 pm CBS                                Man City  vs Atletico Madrid

4  pm Paramount+                  Benefica vs Liverpool

Wed, apr 4– Champ League

3 pm CBS                                Chelsea (Pulisic) vs Real Madrid

3  pm Paramount+                  Villarreal vs Bayern Munich

4 pm Peacock                         Arsenal vs Liverpool

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