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

first_imgMinister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Blair Lekstrom says the current drop in land sales is nothing to worry about. Wednesday’s February sale generated only 17.6 million dollars in bonus bids and for the year the province is already about 100 million dollars behind last year’s record pace. Lekstrom says despite the last two month drop in sales, he’s looking at the bigger picture. He says the drop will not negatively affect this year’s budget. [asset|aid=1023|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dc5be80a45b9610325932513cdfd8e72-Blair Lekstrom 1_3_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -After exploding in recent years thanks to new drilling technology, significant drilling plans in the highest-cost plays, such as the Horn River Basin North of Fort Nelson have been put on hold. Lekstrom says he is remaining optimistic about the future of land sales. [asset|aid=1024|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dc5be80a45b9610325932513cdfd8e72-Blair Lekstrom 2_2_Pub.mp3] He says on a positive note, drilling is up 10 point 5 percent in British Columbia during January of ’09 while drilling is down 9 point 8 percent worldwide.last_img read more