The Rakes of Mallow's Voice of the Supporters

Sunday, May 30, 2010

USA Send off in Philly

Yesterday I attended the final USA match before the squad flies off to South Africa. It was an awesome match against Euro 2008 Semifinalists Turkey, who sadly missed out on the World Cup this past year. It was the first time ever I have seen a very pro United States crowd in a NFL stadium. When the Yanks would storm down the field in search of a chance, you could see the people rise to their feet and a buzz ripple throughout the stadium. When Donovan rounded the keeper and fed the ball to Altidore, I saw pure jubilation in tens of thousands of people. For a USA match, just achieving a 50% support is something special, but this was beautiful and stunning.

The USA flew out of Washington today and will arrive in South Africa on monday. They are getting there much earlier than many squads it seems, hopefully it will pay off.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Irish to face tough Non-Conference Fixtures

Notre Dame's Fall Schedule
It includes west powers UCLA and Cal, quarterfinalist Drake. Then there are the regional non-conference foes. The squad plays Michigan and Michigan State, but the biggest two matches will be within a span of a week. First the squad is to take on Northwestern, who knocked us out of the tourney two years running, in Toyota Park. I'm going to begin working with the Athletic Department and see if we can get a huge crowd to this. Then a week after this match is what is the biggest match on the schedule: Indiana.

23 Mon. UIC (exhibition) 7:00 p.m.
28 Sat. vs. Ohio State# (exhibition) 8:00 p.m.
29 Sun. vs. IPFW# (exhibition) 2:00 p.m.

3 Fri. vs. UCLA! (Bloomington, Ind.) 5:00 p.m.
5 Sun. CALIFORNIA! 7:00 p.m.

10 Fri. Indiana vs. Cal Poly 5:00 p.m.
10 Fri. DRAKE 7:30 p.m.
12 Sun. Indiana vs. Drake 11:30 a.m.
12 Sun. CAL POLY 2:00 p.m.

17 Fri. at Michigan 7:30 p.m.
19 Sun. MICHIGAN STATE 2:00 p.m.
25 Sat. ST. JOHN’S* Noon
29 Wed. vs. Northwestern (Toyota Park) 7:00 p.m.

6 Wed. at Indiana 7:30 p.m.
9 Sat. at West Virginia* 7:30 p.m.
13 Wed. MARQUETTE* 7:00 p.m.
16 Sat. at Louisville* 7:00 p.m.
20 Wed. at Seton Hall* 7:00 p.m.
23 Sat. at Connecticut* TBA
27 Wed. PITTSBURGH* 7:00 p.m.
30 Sat. GEORGETOWN* 11:00 a.m.

3 Wed. BIG EAST First Round (Campus Sites) TBA
6 Sat. BIG EAST Quarterfinals (Campus Sites) TBA
12 Fri. BIG EAST Semifinals (Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.) TBA
14 Sun. BIG EAST Championship (Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.) TBA
17 Wed. NCAA First Round (Campus Sites) TBA
21 Tue. NCAA Second Round (Campus Sites) TBA
28 Sun. NCAA Third Round (Campus Sites) TBA

3-5 Fri.-Sun. NCAA Quarterfinals (Campus Sites) TBA
10 Fri. NCAA Semifinals (Santa Barbara, Calif.) TBA
12 Sun. NCAA Championship (Santa Barbara, Calif.) TBA

home games in CAPS
# — Fort Wayne, Ind.
! — adidas/IU Credit Union Classic
* — BIG EAST Conference game

I'm going to be here over the summer for classes and will be trying to commandeer places to watch the World Cup, email if you're going to be around. Also I may start to work on TIFO, flags and a few other things for the upcoming season. Have a good Summer