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Sources: Shea set to sign with Atlanta United

first_imgDefending MLS Cup champion Atlanta United is set to sign former U.S. national team midfielder Brek Shea, multiple sources confirmed to Goal on Thursday.Shea, 28, will join Atlanta United as a free agent after the Vancouver Whitecaps failed to pick up the option year on his contract. Shea spent two seasons with the Whitecaps after joining from Orlando City. He played in 28 matches in 2018, recording three goals and two assists.The former Stoke City midfielder gives Atlanta United a versatile left-footed option, and can play anywhere from left back to left wing, and even as a left forward. The 6-foot-3 American has made 34 appearances for the U.S. national team, and is a former USMNT teammate of Atlanta United general manager Carlos Bocanegra. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It has been a busy offseason for Atlanta United, having bid farewell to head coach Tata Martino, and having earlier this week hired Dutch coach Frank DeBoer as Martino’s replacement. Atlanta United is also set to sign Argentinian midfielder Gonzalo ‘Pity’ Martinez from newly-crowned Copa Libertadores champions River Plate. Martinez’s arrival is expected to help replace star playmaker Miguel Almiron, who is reportedly being pursued by multiple European clubs.Shea’s arrival should help give the team some depth on the left side, and could help offset the departure of U.S. national team left back Greg Garza, who operated both as a left back and left wing back for the Five Stripes. Shea has experience in both roles, and can also give the team an attacking option higher up the field.Garza has been the lone high-profile departure so far from Atlanta United, which succeeded in re-signing captain Michael Parkhurst to a new deal and avoided losing any players in the MLS expansion draft.Shea will be looking to rejuvenate a career that has faltered since a disappointing three-year stint in England after a $4 million transfer to Stoke City from FC Dallas in 2012. He eventually returned to MLS with Orlando City in 2015, but he never did reach the levels expected of him when he was an MLS MVP finalist in 2011 as a 21-year-old.Atlanta United will be hoping Shea can show more of the flashes he showed towards the end of his time with the Whitecaps. He managed seven goals and four assists over two seasons playing in a variety of different roles, but scored three goals in his final seven matches of 2018 with Vancouver.Atlanta United’s offseason is set to be a short one, with the MLS champions set to compete in the Concacaf Champions League. The Five Stripes will face Costa Rican champions Herediano in the Champions League Round of 16, with the first leg of their two-leg series set for February 21.last_img read more

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VIDEO: IAPH 2015 Kicks Off

first_imgzoom Being ready for what the future has in store means being smart when it comes to planning investments, a topic which was in the focus of the first day of the 29th IAPH World Ports Conference taking place in Hamburg.The key topics on the agenda of the conference are future SmartPORT and the cruise industry.The conference opened in a pretty impressive but unusual manner as shown in the video below: “It’s been an unusual way to open a conference, a very spectacular and innovate way. But if you want to send a message about being a Smart Port, why not do it the way it’s been done today?” said IAPH President Grant Gilfallon.To kick off the conference, a discussion was held on ship size developments, with the panel discussing, inter alia, the challenges faced by ports, terminals and captains in the clearance of mega-carriers.As an introduction to this topic, general overviews on the global economic developments were given by Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General International Chamber of Shipping, and Dr. Christian Growitsch, Director of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General ICSThe Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) as organiser of the global event availed of the opportunity to present its “smartPORT” concept. HPA joined forces with the State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation, and the State Ministry of Urban Development and Environment to develop the ‘smartPORT energy’ concept a few years ago.The concept involves a switch to renewable sources of energy to power the port and promotion of environmentally-friendly and innovative solutions aimed at boosting mobility.One of the most recent examples saw the port inaugurate its LNG hybrid barge Hummel with the first ”cold ironing” to the AIDAsol.In this context, Jens Meier, CEO Hamburg Port Authority, explained the economic and logistical processes that rendered the Port of Hamburg more efficient and sustainable by an advanced computer-based infrastructure.Michael Pal, principal analyst for logistics at Western Australia’s Fremantle Ports, demonstrated the Australian perspective of intelligent port management by “Truck Marshalling Automation and Control Key Performance Indicator”. In addition, representatives from Stockholm, Valencia, and the Far East gave their answers to the question of what will make port a smart one.The last day will be devoted to cruise, port law, and air purity in ports. In addition, the IAPH Women’s Forum will meet to address the question “how diversity contributes to smart thinking”.In the cruise session, Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Cruise Guide, will give insights into the importance of the “wow effect” when marketing cruise offers.In the port law session, which will be held parallel, legal experts devote from Rotterdam, London and Hamburg will address the question of legal domicile in maritime law. They will also address the questions of appropriate insurance policies for ports in case of accidents, including issues such as: Is ship cargo still sufficiently insured today? Who will be held liable in the event of loss or injury in ports?The conference has attracted 900 international representatives of the worlds of business, politics and science in the Hanseatic City for the five-day ports conference that started on June 1st.last_img read more