Indy 11 Ladies Win 3-1
More than seven months after announcing its first foray into the women’s game, Indy Eleven ensured the wait was well worth it by capturing a 3-1 victory over Kings Hammer FC in the Inaugural Match of the USL W League, the new 44-team women’s pre-professional league under the United Soccer League umbrella. The historic triumph for Indy Eleven was played in front of a sold out, standing room-only crowd of 1,571 fans at the Grand Park Events Center. Rachel McCarthy’s pair of goals early in the first half lifted Indiana’s Team to a comfortable cushion, and Carmel Dads Club, Carmel High School alum and current Butler standout Katie Soderstrom’s 78th minute finish sealed the win after the KHFC cut the deficit back to one just before halftime. Read all about it !!
US Open Cup Play Tonight ESPN+
Huge games this week as US Open Cup play is underway on ESPN + and the Special ESPN+ Goalazo Show with a boucearound from game to game feature tonight from 7 until 10 pm at least. Big games tonight for the underdogs are former Carmel fC GK Coach and Indy 11 GK Jordan Farr (who was voted GK of the month and is up for player of the month in the USL) and his San Antonio Scorpions traveling to face the Houston Dynamo at 8:30 pm on ESPN+. Also the California Strikers will host the LA Galaxy at 10:30 pm along with USL squads Sacramento and Phoenix Rising battling it out at 10:30 as well al on ESPN+. While the US Open Cup is not the FA Cup – it has been played for since 1914 and it would be cool to see one of these lower division teams surprise the MLS squads that have won the last 20 versions, hopefully Farr’s San Antonio stays alive!
Big Games this week
Lets start today with Leeds United v Chelsea, 2:30p on Peacock: A pivotal match for both sides: Christian Pulisic and Chelsea need to hold onto top-four position. Jesse Marsch and Leeds desperately need to pick up points to jump ahead of Everton or Burnley to avoid relegation. I do expect American Christian Pulisic – fresh of fhis assist last weekend to get the start perhaps in his favored #10 slot even? He sure looked good on Saturday. Midweek play for the Americans. Other games to catch today include Juventus vs Inter in the Italian Cup Final on Paramount plus at 3 pm. Of course tomorrow it’s a huge battle for 4th in the EPL as Tontenham host Arsenal at 3 pm on USA Network. Saturday we get the FA Cup Final Liverpool vs Chelsea at 11:45 am on ESPN plus as Liverpool is still alive for the Triple or the Quad – 4 Cups – if they can beat
Good Luck to our Carmel FC teams playing in Challenge Cup/State Cup and President Cup games coming up this weekend and next!! Carmel FC GKs be sure to get those trainings in this week – Wed at Shelbourne with Coach Noelle and Thurs with me at Badger 6:15-8:15 pm.
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BIG GAMES ON TV
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Wed May 11 US Open Cup
2:30 pm USA Leeds United (Marsch) v Chelsea (Puliisic)
3 pm Para+ Juventus vs Inter Italian Cup
7 pm ESPN+ New England vs Cincy
8 pm EPSN+ Atlanta vs Nashville
8:30 pm ESPN+ Houston Dynamo vs San Antonio (Jordan Farr)
10 pm ESPN+ Seattle v San Jose
10:30 pm ESPN+ Sacramento vs Phoenix Rising
10:30 pm ESPN+ California Strikers vs LA Galaxy
Thur May 12
3 pm USA Tottenham vs Arsenal
Sat May 14
11:45 am ESPN+ Chelsea vs Liverpool FA CUP FINAL