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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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Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inducts six new members

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Inductees for 2019 BARDSTOWN, Ky. (KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION) –  The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Thursday inducted six individuals into its hallowed ranks and bestowed its Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on a beloved icon who patiently resurrected one of the state’s most historic distilleries and returned the family-owned brand to global prominence.This year’s inductees are, in alphabetical order:Katrina Egbert, Visitor Center Marketing Coordinator, Wild Turkey DistilleryWesley Henderson, Co-Founder/Chief Innovation Officer, Louisville Distilling Co.Larry Kass, Director of Trade Relations (Ret.),Heaven Hill DistilleryCharles W. Medley, Master Distiller, Medley Distilling Co./Charles Medley DistilleryPeggy Noe Stevens, Founder & President, Peggy Noe Stevens & AssociatesEven G. Kulsveen, Executive Director, Willett Distillery (Lifetime Achievement Award)- Advertisement – Created by the KDA in conjunction with the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in 2001, the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations that have made a significant and transformational impact on Bourbon’s stature, growth and awareness.It is the highest honor given by the signature industry and is presented annually during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which runs through Sunday in Bardstown.Candidates may be nominated each year by the KDA, its member distilleries and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival from four categories: Industry, Journalism, Roll of Honor and Lifetime Achievement. Nominees are then sent to the KDA Board of Directors for final selection.Kulsveen was honored with the prestigious Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award.Born in Norway, Kulsveen’s attention to detail served him well in the myriad of roles he has taken on throughout his life. He moved to America at the age of 14 and went to college in Gunnison, Colorado. He later served in the merchant marines where he worked as a chef.He got to know Thompson Willett, owner of what is now Willett Distillery, while working as a glass decanter craftsman. He married Willett’s daughter, Martha, and together Even and Martha purchased the distillery property from her father in 1984.His expertise in export markets became an immediate and imperative value. While popularity for brown spirits in the U.S. was on the decline, Asian markets demonstrated a thirst for whiskey and an appreciation for artistic packaging.Kulsveen positioned Willett to provide the best of both. He even took Japanese language classes at night to better serve his clients.During the distillery’s dormant years, Kulsveen sold premium-aged products overseas, marketing single barrel and small batch selections. He developed the heightened palate discretion of a Master Blender – a gift that has shaped Willett’s current boutique small batch collection.Willett Distillery remains independently family owned and operated. Under the leadership of parents Even and Martha Willett Kulsveen, siblings Britt and Drew Kulsveen are continuing the family tradition of spirits excellence, generosity and southern hospitality.Rick Robinson, Chairman of the KDA’s Board of Directors, said Kulsveen is an exemplary figure whose progressive strategy in the global market allowed him to position his family’s company as an influential brand at home and abroad.“Even has demonstrated disciplined leadership, strategic decision-making and bold forward-thinking ” said Robinson, who is Vice President of the Global Supply Chain for Campari. “He has built a family legacy that will last for generations to come, and we thank him for his significant contributions to Kentucky’s booming Bourbon industry.”KDA President Eric Gregory hailed Kulsveen for his vision to forecast and leverage business trends that have tremendously impacted the global demand for Kentucky Bourbon, long before others foresaw the impending Bourbon boom.“Even has worked on all sides of this industry from bartending todistribution to imports,” he said. “His intricate knowledge of marketing, along with his principled work ethic, enabled him to build brands and cultivate the type of loyalty that drives consistent consumer demand.”Willett President Britt Kulsveen said, “Our father has lived several lifetimes with all of the career paths he has taken – from tending bar to having a glass factory that produced decanters and envisioning the kingdom we have built together as a family today.“We have always said that he is lifetime’s ahead of his time with all of the innovative, genius creations he has imagined and brought to fruition,” she said. “This award is a long time coming.”Still, in accepting the award, Even Kulsveen observed, “How many of us would have thought, 30 years ago, that we would be here today.”The award is named for Parker Beam, who joined Heaven Hill in 1960 as a sixth-generation distiller in his storied family. He became Master Distiller in 1975 and earned numerous awards for distilling, aging and selecting some of the world’s most acclaimed Bourbons.He was named Master Distiller Emeritus in 2013 shortly after being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. His public advocacy for ALS research, care and awareness has generated millions for his “Promise of Hope” fund.Beam died in 2017 at the age of 75.The induction ceremony was held before a crowd of 220 Bourbon dignitaries during an evening reception on the grounds of My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, one of the state’s most revered historic sites.Federal Hill, the Georgian style mansion built around 1795, inspired Stephen Collins Foster to write his immortal song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” It is now part of Kentucky’s parks system and symbolizes the Bluegrass State’s gracious hospitality and genteel culture.KDA Chairman Robinson presented each inductee with an engraved miniature copper still before an elite crowd of whiskey luminaries. Each inductee’s name also will be added to a Hall of Fame display at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History in Bardstown. read more

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Trapattoni has to do the right thing and step away Cunningham

first_imgHe continued: “I don’t think he has the faith and the confidence of the younger players.“And he looked to deflect a lot of attention onto the senior players after Euro 2012.” Kilbane also revealed that during his time playing for Ireland under Trap, it was often the senior players rather than the manager who were most vocal before, during and after the games.“The onus has been on the experienced players – they’ve been the main voices in the dressing room at half-time. Meanwhile, Cunningham’s former international teammate, Kevin Kilbane – who played with Ireland under Trap for a period – agreed that a change of management was necessary.Kilbane pointed to Trap’s team selection as an area of concern, saying:“It does baffle me why Simon Cox continues to play on that left-hand side.“He could have played Seamus Coleman on the right and Aiden McGeady on the left.”He also criticised the Irish manager for consistently suggesting the Irish players were not good enough to compete against teams of the calibre of Germany. FORMER IRISH INTERNATIONALS Kenny Cunningham and Kevin Kilbane believe Giovanni Trapattoni’s position as manager of the national team has become untenable in the wake of recent results.Trap’s Ireland suffered an embarrassing 6-1 defeat against Germany last night, and Cunningham believes the time is right for change, telling Newstalk:“Giovanni Trapattoni has to do the right thing and step away. The sooner it happens, the better.”He added that John Delaney needed to sit down with Trapattoni and Tardelli, and discuss their exit from the set-up, explaining that they need to “show a bit of class and make the decision”.And despite this pessimistic assessment of the Irish team under Trap, Cunningham remains optimistic that the side can get the desired three points against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.“There’s a lot of good characters [in the team] and I think they’ll will themselves to a win against the Faroe Islands, but I think fundamentally, nothing will change.” Cunningham said that his words were not a knee-jerk reaction to the Germany result, arguing that there are “deeper problems” within the set-up. “He can’t keep repeating those negatives – you’ve got to lift your players, make them feel good about themselves – and I don’t think that’s been the case, he’s been knocking people down.“[He criticised] Ciaran Clark a couple of weeks ago when he said: ‘I don’t think he’s good enough to play international football.’” “They’re looking at the manager and he’s saying nothing – that doesn’t inspire confidence.”Trapattoni to make Sunday call on Robbie Keane’s fitness ahead of Faroes clash>‘I am proud of these players’ – Trap insists he has no intention of leaving>last_img read more