first_imgThe 2020 season in the Major League Soccer (MLS) will start this weekend with a special flavor. The highest football competition in North America turns 25 and will celebrate it with “extraordinary events, robust content, innovative programming, unique experiences and a commemorative shield”. Two new institutions, Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, will join a tournament that will feature eight Spanish soccer players at their silver wedding: Pozuelo (Toronto), Bojan (Montreal), Rosell (Orlando), Carles Gil (NE Revolution), Fontàs and Ilie (Sporting KC) and newcomers Álvaro Medrán (Chicago Fire) and Miguel Berry (Columbus Crew).Medrán, whose signing for Chicago Fire became official at the end of 2019, landed at MLS in search of the regularity that it did not find in Spain. After passing through the Real Madrid quarry and wearing the shirts of Getafe, Valencia, Alavés and Rayo Vallecano, the Cordoba midfielder arrived in Chicago as express request of Veljko Paunovic. The Serbian, however, left the bench of the ‘Red Machine’ in November and Raphael Wicky was chosen as his substitute. It remains to be seen, therefore, if Álvaro Medrán is able to earn a position with the new technician. Miguel Berry’s story is also remarkable. The Columbus Crew forward, of a Cuban father and an American mother, was born in Barcelona but moved to San Diego when he was only eight years old. After going through college football, where he managed 38 goals and 16 assists in the last three seasons, was selected in the SuperDraft by Columbus Crew, with whom he finally signed a contract after an outstanding preseason. “His hard work did not go unnoticed by anyone. We are delighted that he officially joins Crew SC,” said Tim Bezbatchenko, president of the Ohio-based franchise.Medrán and Berry, 25 and 23 years old, respectively, have been the last Spanish players to reach a competition in which they will meet six other compatriots: Alejandro Pozuelo, who faces his second year in MLS after scoring 14 goals and giving 10 assists in the season of his debut with Toronto FC; Bojan Krkic, who will seek to continue increasing his record in North America after winning the Canadian Cup with Montreal Impact; Carles Gil (New England Revolution), winner of the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ last year; Oriol Rosell, midfielder from Orlando City; and Ilie Sánchez and Andreu Fontàs, who will continue wearing the Sporting Kansas City shirt.Spanish accent in the standsPozuelo, Bojan, Rosell, Gil, Fontàs, Ilie, Medrán and Berry will not be the only Spaniards to participate in the 25th edition of Major League Soccer. Álex Covelo will do it as the methodology director of San José Earthquakes, Albert Rudé will be the right hand of Diego Alonso in Inter Miami, Jorge García will be part of the Seattle Sounders group of analysts and Borja de Matías will do the same in Chicago Fire. In total, the Spanish accent will be present in 10 of the 26 teams of the MLS 2020.last_img read more

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An experimental game has shown that speakers of English use qualities like pitch and volume to describe concepts like size and distance when they invent new words, and that other participants can guess those words better than chance. The study may overturn a key theory of language evolution.The universe is in a long, slow decline to darknessAstronomers aren’t sure when our universe’s energy output peaked, but they say we’re well past that point now. The universe is cooling down, its stars pumping out about half as much energy as they did 2 billion years ago.last_img read more