D.C. United sits Hamid as clubs circle

first_imgMLS D.C. United sits Bill Hamid as European clubs circle Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 06:21 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Bill Hamid D.C. United MLS Isaiah J. Downing MLS Transfers Foreign scouts have their eye on soon-to-be-free agent, but seeing the goalkeeper could get tougher, with D.C. United choosing to sit him Bill Hamid is enjoying another standout season for D.C. United, but it is starting to look more and more like it will be his last with his hometown team.The situation between Hamid and United isn’t getting any better as the goalkeeper plays out the final year of his MLS contract, and things appear to be on the verge of getting ugly.Hamid’s looming status as a free agent has drawn the attention of European scouts, with sources telling Goal that Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic had traveled to D.C. to see him in person this weekend. The only problem with that plan is Hamid isn’t going to play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Sources tell Goal that D.C. United is planning to sit him for Saturday’s home match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Veteran Steve Clark is expected to get the nod, though rookie Eric Klenofsky is also a possibility to start in goal.Such a move could be explained as a chance to look at one of the club’s other goalkeepers after falling out of the playoff picture, but it is still a curious one given Hamid’s status as one of Major League Soccer’s best. Contract talks between Hamid and United have reached a standstill, making it tough to believe the decision to sit him against San Jose isn’t related to the contract impasse.The 26-year-old goalkeeper is in the midst of a standout season, having recovered from a pair of knee injuries that cost him time each of the previous two years. His play in 2017 earned him a return to the U.S. national team, for whom he posted an important shutout in the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Long regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in MLS, Hamid is sure to generate interest from European clubs as he becomes a free agent in January. Though England wouldn’t be an option because of work permit restrictions, he would be an enticing option in other leagues — such as the Bundesliga — especially given his age, talent and price tag.If United goes through with the plan to sit Hamid, it could do some serious damage to a decade-plus-long relationship between the club and a player who came up in the team’s academy system before signing as a homegrown player and becoming an All-Star and U.S. national team selection. That said, if United doesn’t believe Hamid is going to re-sign, then giving Clark or Klenofsky some starts down the stretch is understandable — even though it may mean even worse results from a team already enduring a terrible season.last_img read more

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Mo Farah calls time on GB career after victory in final track outing

first_imgMo Farah says he has competed for the last time in a British vest after delighting his home crowd with victory over 3,000m in the Birmingham grand prix. The 34‑year‑old made the surprise announcement after handing his GB vest to his team-mate Andy Butchart after crossing the line.“It’s been amazing,” he said. “It’s been incredible. But I won’t be competing for Great Britain again. In terms of major championships, I won’t be taking part.“That was my message for Andy: ‘This is me done. Take over from me and just inspire them. See what hard work is about and what it takes to be a champion.’”Farah, who was also racing on Sunday for the last time on a British track, will next travel to Zurich to race over 5,000m on Thursday before heading to the Great North Run in early September. He is then expected to sign a lucrative one- or two‑year deal with the London marathon.Previously Farah had hinted that he might be amenable to running the 26.2-mile distance at a major championships, either at the world championships in Doha in 2019 or the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. However, he admitted on Sunday that he had changed his thinking.“It feels a bit sad,” he said. “All I ever wanted to do as an athlete is run for Great Britain. I remember when I did the mini marathon as a kid, I got interviewed and asked what I wanted to do, I said I want to run for Great Britain. To have achieved what I have achieved has been incredible.” Share on Pinterest Mo Farah Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics When pressed, Farah said he would consider running in Tokyo only if he found that he was indisputably best in the world over 26.2 miles – which, given his best of 2hr 08min 21sec is more than five minutes behind the world record, seems a tall order.“If I am the best at the marathon, I might compete,” he said, although his body language suggested otherwise. “It depends. But it’s going to take me at least two or three marathons to get it right, to learn from it. It’s not easy.” Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Twitter Farah was also asked about photographs on the running site Let’s Run which appeared to suggest that he was still training with Nike Oregon Project athletes and his coach, Alberto Salazar – who remains the subject of an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency – more than he was letting on.“I answered most of the questions last week. I’m done,” he replied. “This is about competing here, doing well and enjoying myself, being myself and normal.”He was more expansive when asked if reports that he had fallen out with British Athletics’ head of endurance, Barry Fudge, were true. “Where did you get that from? Barry is still my mate, still hangs out, is still my right-hand man. He is still part of the endurance camp and is always there. He was in the training camp in Font Romeu, the last phase.” Twitter Team GB Athletics Read more Pinterest Mo Farah tells media: ‘If you say I’ve done something wrong, prove it’ Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Facebook Mo Farah takes off his Team GB vest after his Birmingham grand prix victory. Photograph: Tim Williams/Action Plus via Getty Images news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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President Trump declares emergency for CA after recent earthquakes

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter AP, President Trump declares emergency for CA after recent earthquakes Posted: July 8, 2019 AP July 8, 2019 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on earthquakes in Southern California (all times local):8:15 p.m.President Donald Trump has declared an emergency for California after two major earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks.Monday’s declaration paves the way for federal aid to help those hard-hit by the quakes.The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in Kern and San Bernardino counties.A magnitude 6.4 quake on Thursday and a 7.1 quake on Friday damaged many homes and roads in the Mojave Desert towns of Ridgecrest and Trona.___1:30 p.m.An official says she expects “dozens” of properties will be found damaged by recent earthquakes once the Southern California town of Ridgecrest completes its review.Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person says Monday that inspectors will need several more days to assess all the damage in the desert community.Person says 100 people were staying at Ridgecrest’s main shelter as of Sunday afternoon. She says an additional 43 evacuees were camping on the lawn outside, afraid to go indoors.She says officials are bringing in counselors to help residents still on edge as aftershocks rattle the area.A magnitude 6.4 earthquake Thursday and a magnitude 7.1 quake Friday were centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Ridgecrest. The town is in the Mojave Desert about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from Los Angeles.___12:10 p.m.It could be days before water service is restored to the Southern California desert town of Trona, where officials are still assessing damage from last week’s powerful earthquakes.San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert says Monday that 10 residences have been red-tagged as uninhabitable, but he expects that number to rise. He says he has seen homes that shifted 6 feet (nearly 2 meters) off their foundations during the magnitude 6.4 earthquake Thursday and a magnitude 7.1 quake Friday.Wert says the county is providing bottled water and trucking in portable toilets and showers. Electricity was restored over the weekend, allowing people to use much-needed air conditioners as daytime temperatures approached 100 degrees (38 Celsius).Wert says the quakes have rattled residents’ nerves but also pulled the community together.___12:05 a.m.Shaken residents are cleaning up from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded “Big One” strikes.California is spending more than $16 million to install thousands of quake-detecting sensors statewide that officials say will give utilities and trains precious seconds to shut down before the shaking starts.Gov. Gavin Newsom said it’s time residents did their part by mapping out emergency escape routes and preparing earthquake kits with food, water, lights and other necessities.A magnitude 6.4 earthquake Thursday and a magnitude 7.1 quake Friday were centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) from the small desert town of Ridgecrest, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from Los Angeles. last_img read more

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