Carnahan Coverage: Orlando City Soccer Club Falls Short in Final USL Pro Postseason Run

On Saturday the Orlando City Soccer Club suffered its first home loss in 20 matches at the worst possible time.

The Lions, the USL Pro regular season champions, lost 1-0 to eighth-seeded Harrisburg City in the first round of the playoffs at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. The setback ended a bid at capturing a third title in four years for the defending champs before moving up to Major League Soccer in 2015.

Defender Tommy Redding, just 17-years of age, played the entire 90 minutes. He compared the loss to how he felt when he and current teammate Tyler Turner played together on the U-17 National Team and became the first group to fail to qualify for the World Cup a year ago.

“It was tough, but because of that process it makes this a little bit easier, but not too much,” Redding said. “I’ve felt this pain, but not as high of a scale. I was brothers with the guys at Bradenton (home of the U-17 residency program) but wasn’t as close as all my teammates here in Orlando, so it’s really tough.”

( – Click here to read J.C.’s story on Tommy Redding and Tyler Turner for Major League Soccer – )

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George O’Leary and UCF Still Having Trouble Filling Out Schedules

UCF football’s announcement last week that they’d agreed to a home-and-home series with Stanford of the Pac-12 drew modest interest from college football fans. UCF coach George O’Leary didn’t appear to be too excited about it either at his weekly press conference earlier this week at Bright House Networks Stadium.

O’Leary was asked Monday if the new agreement, which sends UCF to California in 2015 and Stanford to Florida in 2019, might mean the Knights have plans to expand recruiting coverage to the West coast.

“No. I don’t see us recruiting more on the West,” he said with a tone that matched his disinterest in the topic. “It’s obviously a great opponent, [but] I’d much rather see us get opportunities to play teams that have some relative to recruiting for us. There’s a lot of teams from the Midwest, to the East, to the South that would be great opponents.”

But O’Leary’s never been blind to the fact that mid-major’s such as UCF are in no position to avoid these types of match-ups, even if they do make for a grueling road trip for both players and fan base.

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CARNAHAN CHRONICLES COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS (WEEK 2)

Two weeks into the season, below is the new installment of the Carnahan Chronicles College Football Rankings. Two teams dropped out after suffering losses:

#1 (1) Florida State (2-0) – Defending champs won 37-12 vs Citadel
#2 (2) Auburn (2-0) – Last year’s runner-up won 59-13 vs San Jose State
#3 (7) Oregon (2-0) – Won 46-27 vs No. 7 Michigan State
#4 (3) Texas A&M (2-0) – Won 73-3 vs Lamar
#5 (–) Virginia Tech (2-0) – Won 35-21 at No. 8 Ohio State
#6 (–) USC (2-0) – Won 13-10 at No. 13 Stanford
#7 (5) LSU (2-0) – Won 56-0 vs Sam Houston State
#8 (4) Georgia (1-0) – Did not play
#9 (6) Oklahoma (2-0) – Won 52-7 at Tulsa
#10 (9) Alabama (2-0) – Won 41-0 vs Florida Atlantic

Dropped out – #8 Michigan State (46-27 loss at Oregon), #10 Ohio State (35-21 loss vs Virginia Tech)

NOTES: Because FSU & Auburn played for the title last season, they remain atop these rankings… Texas A&M, Georgia & LSU won Top 25 matchups in Week 1 against teams in the Associated Press poll, but A&M drops from 3 to 4, Georgia drops from 4 to 8 and LSU drops from 5 to 7… Oklahoma (from 6 to 9) and Alabama (9 to 10) also drop after Oregon’s win over No. 7 Michigan State moves the Ducks up from 7 to 3… The moves make way for Virginia Tech (35-21 win at No. 8 Ohio State) and USC (13-10 win at No. 13 Stanford) to claim spots in the Top 10… The biggest matchup this weekend involving teams in the AP Top 25 is No. 6 Georgia (2-2) at No. 24 South Carolina.

Carnahan Coverage: Orlando City Caps Final USL PRO Regular Season Match with Win

The Orlando City Soccer Club played its final USL PRO regular season game Saturday, winning 1-0 over Richmond on a goal by Kevin Molino in the 23rd minute.

The win improves the Lions to 45-4-10 all-time in league matches at home, setting them up in good position for a run at their third championship in four years with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

( – Click here to read J.C.’s recap of Orlando City vs. Richmond for Orlando Sentinel – )

( – Click here to read J.C.’s preview of Orlando City’s regular season finale for Orlando Sentinel – )

Carnahan Chronicles Radio: Michael Sam, Tim Tebow, and Marijuana in the National Football League

On Saturday we touched on a few touchy topics in the National Football League including Michael Sam joining the Dallas Cowboys, Tim Tebow and his religious views, and the league’s drug policy when dealing with players and marijuana.

( – Click here to listen to J.C. and Chris talk about Sam, Tebow and Marijuana in the NFL – )

We continued the marijuana and NFL drug policy discussion in the next segment. We also previewed Sunday’s games involving the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers while discussing fantasy football options this week and the love/hate relationship between pro football fans and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

( – Click here to listen to J.C. and Chris preview Sunday’s games and talk about drugs in NFL – )

Carnahan Chronicles Radio: Updates on Orlando City, MLB Standings, WNBA Finals, FIBA World Cup, NASCAR

On Saturday we opened the show on AM 740 The Game talking about the final regular season game in USL PRO for the Orlando City Soccer Club before going on to talk about current standings in Major League Baseball, the start of the WNBA Finals, the lack of interest in the FIBA World Cup and the final race of the NASCAR regular season.

( – Click here to listen to J.C. and Chris open the show with topics from around world of sports – )

Carnahan Chronicles Radio: Previewing Week 2 of College Football Season

On Saturday we broke down the Carnahan Chronicles College Football Rankings entering Week 2 and talked about big matchups this weekend involving Michigan State-Oregon, USC-Stanford, Virginia Tech-Ohio State, and Michigan-Notre Dame.

( – Click here to listen to J.C. and Chris talk about Week 2 of college football season – )

Carnahan Chronicles College Football Rankings (Week 1)

Since Week 2 of the college football season is rapidly approaching, we’ll keep this short and sweet. After one week of action here’s the debut of the Carnahan Chronicles College Football Rankings:

1) Florida State (defending champs won 37-31 vs Oklahoma State)
2) Auburn (last year’s runner-up won 45-21 vs Arkansas)
3) Texas A&M (won 52-28 on road at No. 9 South Carolina)
4) Georgia (won 45-21 vs No. 16 Clemson)
5) LSU (won 28-24 vs No. 14 Wisconsin)
6) Oklahoma (won 48-16 vs Louisiana Tech)
7) Oregon (won 62-13 vs South Dakota)
8) Michigan State (won 45-7 vs Jacksonville State)
9) Alabama (won 33-23 vs West Virginia)
10) Ohio State (won 34-17 vs Navy)

NOTES: Because FSU & Auburn played for the title last season, they start atop these rankings. Texas A&M, Georgia & LSU won Top 25 matchups against teams in the Associated Press poll and because of that move into the Top 5 right off the bat. The benefit of the doubt was given to Oklahoma, Alabama & Ohio State due to their respective rankings in the AP poll this week, as was the case with Oregon & Michigan State, the winner of which will likely move up following Week 2. Ohio State is the only other team on this list playing a decent opponent this weekend (Virginia Tech). Also, expect the winner of Stanford & USC to climb into the Top 10 next week.

Carnahan Coverage: Kevin Molino Dedicates Hat Trick to Injured Teammate Yordany Alvarez

Orlando City Soccer Club midfielder Kevin Molino added three more goals to his USL-PRO leading total Sunday in a 7-0 thrashing of the Dayton Dutch Lions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The hat trick is the second of the year for Molino and gives him 19 goals on the season.

When Molino collected himself for the post game presser he made it a point to dedicate his three-goal effort to Yordany Alvarez, who after suffering an injury during a game June 7 was forced to retire from the sport last week. The disarming comments made by Molino about his teammate were a change of pace from the typical answers he’s given to questions in the past.

As Molino knows, the games must go on. With just two regular season games remaining the Lions are in position to wrap up the regular season title and earn home field advantage throughout the postseason.

( – Click here to read J.C.’s story about Yordany Alvarez for Major League Soccer – )

( – Click here to read J.C.’s recap for Orlando Sentinel of OCSC’s 7-0 win over Dayton – )

( – Click here to read J.C.’s advance for Orlando Sentinel about returning from road trip – )

Carnahan Coverage: North Carolina A&T Dominates in Orlando’s MEAC/SWAC Challenge

James Spady coached under Rod Broadway at Grambling State from 2007-09. On Sunday they were on opposite sidelines as Spady opened the season for the first time as a head coach against his mentor in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando.

But Spady soon found out that he’s not at Grambling anymore.

Broadway and the MEAC’s North Carolina A&T Aggies proved to be much more equipped for the challenge as they throttled Spady’s Alabama A&M Bulldogs 47-13 in the 10th edition of the game at Bright House Networks Stadium.

Kwashaun Quick and Tarik Cohen led A&T by combining for four touchdowns in the first half. The Aggies defense recorded three sacks and recovered two fumbles in the win.

( – Click here to read J.C.’s recap for Orlando Sentinel of North Carolina A&T’s win – )

( – Click here to read J.C.’s advance for Orlando Sentinel about Spady and Broadway – )

Carnahan Coverage: Kevin Molino Sets New USL-PRO Record For Goals Scored in a Season

I talked to Orlando City Soccer Club’s Kevin Molino and a couple of his teammates who’ve played alongside him over the past four years for a feature on the midfielder for the Orlando Sentinel.

Molino, who set a new USL PRO single-season record for goals scored last Saturday, is one of five current players looking to wrap up their third title in four years with the Lions when the playoffs open next month.

As much as I’ve already written about Molino this season, it turns out there was even more to be expressed. Not all of the quotes I gathered from Molino, Orlando City coach Adrian Heath, goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo and defender Rob Valentino could fit into the story. So I’ve provided them below. Enjoy.

( – Click here to read J.C.’s feature on Kevin Molino for the Orlando Sentinel – )

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Carnahan Chronicles Radio: Interview with Jason Clary of StadiumJourney.com

On Saturday I was joined by Jason Clary of Stadium Journey to talk about some of the top-rated college and pro football stadiums around the state of Florida and across the country.

Homes to the Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles and UCF Knights make up the top three college football venues on the site, but only one is good enough to be amongst the best in the nation. As for the three pro teams in the state, Florida doesn’t fare so well compared to the rest of the National Football League.

( – Click here to listen to J.C. chat with Jason Clary about StadiumJourney.com – )

Arena Football League is Dead to Me

Congrats goes out to the Arizona Rattlers for wrapping up an ArenaBowl three-peat on Saturday while simultaneously crushing the hearts of 18,404 rabid, title-hungry sports fans in Cleveland. In the first ArenaBowl I ever paid attention to (while at a laundromat in 2002, of all places) the Rattlers were badly beaten 52-14 by the rival San Jose SaberCats.

On Saturday, Arizona ravaged the Gladiators to the tune of 72-32 to claim their third ArenaBowl title in a row. It’s the fourth consecutive appearance in the ArenaBowl for the Rattlers since the AFL relaunched in 2010.

It’s partially why I’m pleading for someone (anyone!) to please save the Arena Football League.

Never mind the constant chatter alleging the abuse of the paltry salary structure by teams with kickbacks to players, or that an owner once told me he’d fix games so home teams won every time if he could. Forget about all of that, I’m just concerned with two particular tweaks that would help make the league feel a little more legit again.

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Carnahan Chronicles Radio: 2014 Fantasy Football Preview

Who is the best fantasy football option at quarterback this season between Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees? Who should you draft once those three are off the board? What route should you take at running back once Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte have been selected?

Chris Vazquez joined me Saturday to talk about these things and more during a quick preview of the upcoming fantasy football season.

( – Click here to listen to J.C. and Chris preview the upcoming fantasy football season – )

Carnahan Chronicles Radio: Random Topics from Around Sports World & Start of 2014 College Football Season

On Saturday I chatted with Chris Vazquez about a number of topics from around the world of sports before touching on the opening of the upcoming college football season this week.

Among the topics to start the show were the high school football Kickoff Classics, Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3 of preseason, the ArenaBowl between Cleveland Gladiators and Arizona Rattlers, Greg Carr of the Orlando Predators, and the Orlando City Soccer Club visiting Richmond Kickers in a key matchup.

( – Click here to listen to J.C. and Chris touch on a variety of sports on Saturday’s show – )

The college football season is slated to get underway this week with the UCF Knights, Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles in action Saturday. We discussed the new four-team playoff, the chances of FSU going unbeaten, and student-athletes getting caught cheating and whether they should be compensated for the money they help generate for universities.

( – Click here to listen to J.C. and Chris discuss the upcoming college football season – )