Hoosier Showdown – LIVE

Follow as No. 22 Notre Dame takes on No. 19 Indiana in a highly-touted non-conference battle. This is the 30th annual meeting between the two teams with the Hoosiers holding a 23-5-1 advantage.

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USA stays in contention at U20 World Cup

The United States defeated Cameroon 4-1 Tuesday to remain in contention in Group C after what could have been a crippling 3-0 loss to Germany Saturday at the Under-20 World Cup in Suez, Egypt.

The U.S. will play South Korea Friday and will almost certainly need to win in order to move on in the World Cup. South Korea has lost to Cameroon and tied Germany. The game begins at 12:45 Eastern time and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Irish freshman Dillon Powers started the Germany game and came out at halftime, while he did not start the Cameroon game but did see playing time. He has played a total of 62 minutes so far.

Irish sophomore Aaron Maund has yet to see playing time, but probably will if the USA advances.

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Interview with Dillon Powers from U.S. Soccer

Looks like we’re not the only ones who think Irish freshman Dillon Powers is pretty cool. Here’s a Q&A he did with ussoccer.com prior to the Under-20 team leaving for the World Cup in Suez, Egypt.

In it he talks about the process of selection for the U.S. team as well as his experience so far at Notre Dame, including the support he has received from sophomore Aaron Maund (who is also on the U-20 team) and coach Bobby Clark.

The U.S. team’s first game in the World Cup will be on Sept. 26 against Germany (which, according to Maund, is the best U-20 team around). I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m excited about it. So check for updates!

Men’s soccer exhibition to benefit Grassroots

Proceeds from Monday’s pre-season match against No. 9 Northwestern will go to Grassroots Soccer, an international organization that reaches youth in Africa through soccer clinics and raises AIDS awareness and education.

Admission for the game is $1, even for students, and all attendees are welcome to donate more. It’s worth it, because every dollar you donate will be matched by an anonymous ND soccer alumnus as well as by Irish coach Bobby Clark and the soccer team. That means each dollar you donate is three dollars for Grassroots Soccer.

This is the sixth year the Irish have played an exhibition game for Grassroots Soccer, whose founder and CEO is none other than Coach Clark’s oldest son, Tommy. Check out http://www.grassrootsoccer.org for more info about the organization.

The game itself should be an exciting one; Northwestern knocked Notre Dame out of the NCAA tournament last year in the second round by a score of 2-1. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Field.