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Pulis vs Pep – clash of cultures

first_img The 58-year-old Pulis is part of the furniture in the Premier League, a coach who has taken charge of more than 1,000 first-team games in England and has proved to be the closest thing to a guarantee against relegation after spells at Stoke, Crystal Palace, and now West Brom. Using a pragmatic strategy, he knows how to get performances from limited players and results for teams. At West Brom, he has often played a defence containing four centre backs and his side has the biggest aerial threat in the league, with four of its 10 league goals this season coming from set pieces. Tall central defender Gareth McAuley has already scored three. Unbeaten Tottenham needed a last-minute goal to draw 1-1 at The Hawthorns two weeks ago, while West Brom were completely dominated in a 2-1 loss at Liverpool last weekend, only to score late – from a corner – and set up a tense finish. “West Brom use Pulis’ style marvellously,” Guardiola said yesterday. “I saw them against Tottenham – they use the long ball and they defend (deep). We have to adapt.” That’s just what Guardiola is doing as he gets to grips with the relentless demands of the English football calendar, which is different to what he experienced at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The Spanish coach started with 10 straight victories at City, but a League Cup loss to Manchester United on Wednesday took the team’s win-less run to six games, the worst streak of Guardiola’s managerial career. “They are struggling at the moment, from what everybody tells me,” Pulis said sarcastically, referencing that City are still first in the Premier League after nine games. “They are top of the league. They only just got beat by Man United by playing their second team on Wednesday. “They will play their first team against us definitely. It will be a tough game.” MANCHESTER, England (AP): One coach will be wearing a baseball cap, a tracksuit, and sneakers. The other is usually sharply dressed in a suit, tie, and shoes. One team will be defensively robust, direct, and, likely relying on goals from set pieces. The opponent is highly technical, obsessed with possession, and easy on the eye. Tony Pulis vs Pep Guardiola. West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City. Get ready for the Premier League’s ultimate culture clash. Upon arriving at City this off-season, Guardiola said one of his big challenges was to prove to himself and the world that his new team could play beautiful football no matter what time of year, no matter who the opposition. Today, then, might be his most interesting test so far. Guarantee against relegationlast_img read more

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E-agriculture will increase youth involvement – Sport Director

first_imgThe introduction of technological advancements in Guyana’s agricultural sector will result in increased involvement of youths in the field.These sentiments were shared by the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones during Guyana’s second Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) robotics exhibition, where he noted that this and other sectors would be left behind unless Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is introduced.Jones related that many from the younger generations have a stereotypical view that agriculture entailed long hours in the sun. However, many countries have sourced drones and other devices to perform the work of tools in a shorter amount of time. According to him, if Guyana can produce such facilities, youths will be more inclined to join the field.“IT is here to stay and unless we start to develop our kids at a tender age, businesses in Guyana will be left behind. When young people hear about agriculture, there’s this mental picture that comes to mind that you see someone with a fork and under the blazing hot sun, but when you show them the new technologies in agriculture in which you can simply use your smartphones to fly a drone over your field or to irrigate or fertilise the fields, it becomes interesting,” he said.“It could be applied here in Guyana, because, as you know, we have land that we can plant but it’s to get the young people back into the agricultural fields,” the Director added.During an encounter with students of Region One (Barima-Waini), questions were posed on when would IT hubs be established to support this initiative.Jones reiterated that while this would aid in the advancement in the sector, a 24-hour electrical supply was needed, but residents only receive nine hours of electricity on a daily basis. However, when the first solar farm is completed, the youths will be gifted with IT hubs.“IT hubs are needed with consistent electricity. Places like Mabaruma for example which currently enjoys nine hours of electricity, soon to come on stream is the solar farm that is there in Mabaruma. Once that comes on stream, it will add additional hours of electricity to folks in Mabaruma, and thereafter IT hubs can be established for those children,” Jones stated.last_img read more

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Wife fined for assaulting disabled husband

first_imgA couple who have been married for several years appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday after the wife was fined for assaulting her husband, who is wheelchair bound.Stacy London admitted to the charge when it was read to her by Senior Magistrate Leron Daly.The court heard that on two different occasions, the woman assaulted her disabled husband, Ethan London.In her defence, Mrs London told the court that both incidents occurred while she was attempting to drive her vehicle out of their driveway when her husband tried to prevent her from doing same.“As I was about to back out of the yard, he rolled his wheelchair to block me from driving out, so I came out of the car and tried to remove him but instead he held on to my hands and started behaving in a disorderly manner”.Further, the woman stated that as a result, he fell out of the wheelchair.After listening to her explanation, Magistrate Daly told the woman that she was wrong to assault the man since he is disabled.Nevertheless, the woman was fined $10,000 on each charge.last_img read more

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Do you recognize this truck? Dawson Creek RCMP are asking for help

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for the public’s help in solving a serious crime.Police received a complaint on July 4th of multiple thefts from Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) work sites which was over a value of $5000.The thief/thieves have allegedly targeted many of their sites and stolen an uknown number of Deep Cycle Solar Batteries.- Advertisement -The truck is described as the following:Believed to be a 2013 – 2016 Dodge Ram 3500 Turbo Cummins Diesel, silver or grey in colorThere is a large dent on the driver’s side in front of the gas cap areaA small dent over the rear passenger’s side wheel wellHas a vehicle or registration number under the aftermarket dual antennas which are located on both sides of the vehicle on the hood closest to the hinge areaThin red rectangular tidy tank in the box of the truckStandard chrome headache rack with rails that run down each side of the box to the tailgateVehicle is believed to have BC licence plates on itThe suspect/suspects may have known there was a surveillance system at the sites as they covered the front and back licence plates.If you recognize this vehicle please contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimstoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (tips).Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tebas fears Neymar return would damage La Liga image

first_img“In my opinion if Neymar behaves better, he can be a great player,” Tebas told Spanish radio station Onda Cero late Sunday.“But I think behaviour and the values that we set as a competition are also very important. I prefer another type of player.“Neymar is a great player, but if the example off the pitch is not correct, then to be honest I’d prefer him not to come to the Spanish league.”Neymar has denied allegations he raped a woman in Paris and last month attempted to prove his innocence by making public what he claims is an exchange of messages between them.Spain’s tax authorities are also investigating Neymar over a bonus he earned at Barcelona and the transfer fee paid to him by PSG, while he remains in dispute with Barca regarding a loyalty payment of 26 million euros.On the pitch, Neymar will miss the first three games of next season’s Champions League for insulting match officials following PSG’s defeat to Manchester United.And PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi insisted last month he will not tolerate any more “superstar behaviour”, comments some took to be directed at the 27-year-old.“The more great players you have, the better it is for the competition,” Tebas added.“In the case of Neymar, my opinion is that the behaviour off the pitch does not seem very appropriate, nor is it very good for the competition.“The news is always about whether the player has done this or that. We have worked a lot in this league to represent the right values and we don’t want to change that image.”Neymar spent four years at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, winning the Champions League and two La Liga titles. He scored 68 goals in four seasons at the club.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros in 2017. © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTUREMADRID, Spain, Jul 1 – La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he would rather Neymar does not return to La Liga if he cannot improve his behaviour.Neymar left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of 222 million euros in August 2017, but could make a surprise move back to Camp Nou this summer.last_img read more

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Six surprise signings for Chelsea this summer

first_img 2. Danny Rose (Tottenham) – Click the right arrow for another possible surprise signing at Stamford Bridge… – Chelsea have already been linked with a shock swoop for the Spurs left-back this year and with Filipe Luis being touted with a return to Atletico Madrid it’s likely they’ll sign a new full-back. Rose progressed excellently at last season, confounding his critics at White Hart Lane with a brilliant end to the campaign. Could Jose Mourinho follow up his interest this summer? Chelsea have already completed one surprise signing this summer as they landed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco.The striker looked off the pace last season while at Manchester United and scored just four Premier League goals.Advised by his players, Jose Mourinho has taken a chance on him though, but who else could the Portuguese boss bring in to surprise us?talkSPORT looks at the shock signings Chelsea could make this summer… 5 3. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – Click the right arrow for another possible surprise signing at Stamford Bridge… – With the Bernabeu boo-boys still on his case, there’s a chance the Welsh star could fancy a move back to England. Bale did exceptionally well during his first season in Spain but struggled a little more last term. Reports of the player feeling isolated due to his lack of Spanish will help too. He’d cost a huge £80m though, which might even be too steep for Roman Abramovich. 5 4. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – Click the right arrow for another possible surprise signing at Stamford Bridge… – With Jose Mourinho seemingly targeting a player to play on the right flank, he could opt for the Gunners speedster if a move for Barcelona’s Pedro fails. Earlier in the year it was reported Mourinho wanted either Walcott of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a swap deal for Petr Cech. Perhaps he’s plotting something… 5 5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – This would be the biggest transfer deal in the history of football, and possibly ever, if it went through. In January there were murmurs about a deal, worth £200m, and spurious talk involving Instagram, pizza and Cesc Fabregas, although not all at once. Let’s face it, it won’t happen – or will it? 5 5 1. Paul Pogba (Juventus) – Click the right arrow for another possible surprise signing at Stamford Bridge… – The ex-Manchester United midfielder is one of the most highly sought after players in world football currently. He’s been outstanding for the Serie A giants and looked superb against both Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Champions League last season. The Blues want him but Jose Mourinho admitted it’s unlikely they’ll get him. “There are things you can do and things you cannot do. I love the Eiffel Tower but I can’t have the Eiffel Tower in my garden,” he said in his own inimitable style. But maybe that’s a ruse as he plots to land the £70m-rated star. last_img read more

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No calm for local motorists

first_imgWHITTIER – The idea was simple: put obstacles in the road and cars will slow down. But when concrete traffic circles – also known as traffic calming devices – were installed within some intersections along Beverly and Youngwood drives, they generated so many complaints from residents the City Council this month ordered nearly all of them removed. After the city spent $200,000 to install the obstacles and held numerous meetings with residents, some city officials say the concept of traffic calming is now dead in Whittier. “In my opinion, it’s dead,” Councilman Owen Newcomer said. “I’d be happy if it wasn’t, but I can’t conceive of a scenario that would revive it.” If Newcomer is right, it means the end of the road for an idea first introduced to Whittier back in 2000 by Dan Burden, a traffic expert and director of Walkable Communities of Florida. In Burden’s view, walking – not vehicles – is the cornerstone to an urban area’s ground transportation. “Walkable communities are more liveable communities and lead to whole, happy, healthy lives for the people who live in them,” according to the organization’s Web site. To achieve that, Burden recommended Whittier pursue a host of “traffic calming” techniques: speed humps, raised pavement to slow traffic speeds, landscaped medians and islands, and “bulbouts,” or curb extensions. A series of public workshops followed. Eventually, city officials and many residents bought into the idea. Early this year, construction of traffic-calming devices that included traffic circles were completed along Beverly and Youngwood drives. Soon after, the complaints started rolling in. One resident, Lyle Scott, who lives on Lindante Street, complained that a yield sign installed as a traffic-calming device at Youngwood and Lindante was confusing. “I have almost been hit half a dozen times for not yielding,” Scott said. “Drivers on Youngwood don’t realize that people on Lindante coming down have the right-of-way.” Residents also didn’t take to the traffic circles installed on Beverly Drive and Magnolia Avenue, complaining they were dangerous. Others liked the idea, saying they reduced traffic and speeds. “The circles reduced speeds by 30 to 40 percent,” said Chuck Garcera, the traffic committee chairman for the North Friendly Hills Homeowners Association. “The circles also prevented people from cutting and going to into the residents’ yards.” Sharp differences over whether the traffic-calming devices helped or hurt ended up splitting entire neighborhoods – all of which took the City Council somewhat by surprise. “It’s amazing to me the passion that has been generated by this,” Councilman Bob Henderson said. “There are people who are good friends who would be glad to tear me apart if I was willing to keep them (the devices). There are other good friends who would tear me apart if I took them out.” In November, the City Council voted to install stop signs and remove traffic circles on Beverly Drive at Magnolia and Citrus avenues, and at Magnolia and Monte Vista Drive and Whitley Street. In early December, the council voted to install stop signs at Youngwood intersections with Lindante and Angosto drives and remove the traffic circle at Youngwood and Lindante and the median islands from the Angosto, Lindante and Seranata Drive intersections. The cost to remove all of the traffic-calming devices is expected to be between $20,000 to $25,000. All of the Beverly and Youngwood drive traffic circles have been removed. All of the stop signs have been installed. For the immediate future, there is no city money to take up future requests for traffic calming. The city also changed it’s policy on how to handle such requests. “We’ve revised it to make sure that not only the people who live close to the traffic calming devices know about it” but also residents in surrounding neighborhoods, said David Mochizuki, public works director. “If we ever have to do it again, we should put up some temporary devices first and leave them up for a certain period of time, so that everyone sees it,” he added. Mayor Greg Nordbak is unwilling to give up completely on traffic calming but admits that big policy changes are needed if the concept is ever revived. “Our policy needs to be revised where we include a pool of all of the people who would be affected directly and indirectly in the area,” he said. “In both situations, we as a City Council relied on information from the homeowners association where they represented less than a third of the residents.” Although some might call traffic calming a failure, Nordbak disagrees. “We still accomplished traffic calming,” he said, referring to the stop signs that were installed. “It just wasn’t our original program. I don’t feel it was for nothing.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Nikola Jokic explodes for 31 as Nuggets stun Rockets

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Thunder win 7th straight, roll past Heat Guard Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain) missed his fourth straight game and probably won’t return soon. Murray is known for his ability to play through pain, so there is concern about how long he will be out.“Jamal is a guy we’re not used to see miss games, so you know it’s a really serious injury he’s dealing with,” coach Michael Malone said. “I definitely have concern with Jamal’s ankle, but I know that he’ll come back ready and he’ll help us out moving forward.UP NEXTRockets: Play at Utah on Saturday night.Nuggets: Play at Northwest Division rival Minnesota on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Nuggets couldn’t stop Harden, but they ended a nine-game losing streak against Houston.Harden’s streak started with a 50-point night against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 13, and nearly ended on a tough shooting night for the reigning league MVP. He hit five of his first six shots and scored 15 points in the first quarter but then went cold. He missed 10 of his next 11 shots and also missed four free throws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull Houston within nine points, but Jokic scored six straight points to put it away. Harden’s step-back 3-pointer with 1:05 left gave him 30.Torrey Craig had a career-high 22 points for the Rockets, who scored 43 points in the first quarter. The Nuggets responded in the second with a 48-point outburst. They had 35 of those in the final 7:31 when they transformed a five-point deficit into an 83-71 lead at halftime. Denver led by 20 in the third quarter, but the Rockets got within nine twice before the Nuggets pulled away.TIP-INSRockets: Kenneth Faried scored a season-high 23 points against his former team. … The 43 points in the first period were a season best for a quarter. … Houston is being careful with guard Chris Paul, who missed 17 games with a hamstring strain, so he will “probably” sit out Saturday’s game at Utah, coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s not definite but he probably won’t play,” D’Antoni said.Nuggets: Denver’s 48-point second quarter matched its highest since March 16, 2008, against the Seattle SuperSonics. … Guard Gary Harris was out due to a right adductor strain. Harris missed 11 games in December with a hip injury and five more in January with left hamstring soreness.SORE POINTADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentscenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic checks the clock during a timeout in the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, Malik Beasley had a career-high 35 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the Houston Rockets 136-122 on Friday night.Houston’s James Harden scored 30 points to extend his streak to 25 games of scoring 30 or more points. He needed a late 3-pointer to keep the streak alive, and it came well after the game was in hand for Denver.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Champions League: Bayern Made to Work for 2-0 Win over AEK (Pics)

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Bayern Munich exploited a brief lapse in AEK Athens’ determined defense to score twice in two minutes for a 2-0 win in the Champions League, easing pressure on the Bundesliga champions and coach Niko Kovac.Shaking off a mistake-prone first half, Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski struck in the 61st and 63rd minutes at the Olympic Stadium for Bayern’s second victory in Group E, as AEK suffered its third defeat.“We knew the goals would come. We pressed, tired them out and it worked,” Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said. “After their two goals, their morale suffered and we went on to win. … We’re in a better position but we’re still making mistakes.”Bayern stayed on the attack for most of the night but center-backs Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Vasilis Lambropoulos stopped them from creating chances.While keeping AEK’s back line busy, Arjen Robben had produced little threat until his shot helped break the deadlock. It struck a wall of defenders, and Martinez slotted in the rebound.AEK supporters ignite flares during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Lewandowski silenced the 55,000 home fans two minutes later. Standout Serge Gnabry flicked the ball to Rafinha, who set up the Poland striker for the tap-in.“We had a good first half but we were missing the finish. We insisted in our effort and in the end we prevailed and that’s what’s important,” Robben said. “We took our chances when we could. We needed that win.”Bayern outshot the Greeks 2-1 and held two-third of possession.Bayern’s players have struggled to show their usual domestic dominance this season, and visibly relaxed after the goals. Lewandowski narrowly missed a third in the 67th when goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas scrambled to stop his effort on the goal line.Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski, second left celebrates with Bayern defender Niklas Suele, left, after scoring his side’s second goalduring a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Germany striker Thomas Mueller played for the last 15 minutes but made little impact.“The players stood up very well to such a great side but after those two goals it was hard to fight back,” AEK coach Marios Ouzounidis. “But I’m proud of their performance. They were very professional throughout the game.”AEK won Greece’s championship last season after fighting back from bankruptcy and relegation to amateur football in 2013, and appeared delighted to be back in European competition despite Tuesday’s result.“It would be silly to compare ourselves with such a major team, but we were also a little unlucky to concede when we did. The players were a little tired and were late in falling back — so we had a small gap in our reflexes,” AEK midfielder Kostas Galanopoulos said.“But we did play well and now we’ll see what we can do.”—By DEREK GATOPOULOS , Associated PressBayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich, front, is challenged by AEK’s Andre Simoes during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski, center, is challenged by AEK’s Dmytro Chygrynskiy during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Bayern midfielder Arjen Robben, left, is challenged by AEK’s Dmytro Chygrynskiy during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)AEK goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas makes a save during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)AEK’s Vasileios Lampropoulos, right, vie for the ball Bayern midfielder James David James Rodriguez during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Bayern midfielder Arjen Robben, center, is chased by AEK’s Niklas Hult during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Bayern forward Serge Gnabry, right, is challenged by AEK’s Andre Simoes during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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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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