GERVONTA DAVIS DEFENDS SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE WITH THRILLING FIRST-ROUND TKO SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME

Feb 11, 2019

GERVONTA DAVIS DEFENDS WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE WITH THRILLING FIRST-ROUND TKO OF HUGO RUIZ SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME® FROM DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK IN CARSON, CALIF.

  

Mario Barrios Remains Undefeated With Fourth-Round TKO Of Richard Zamora

Javier Fortuna Scores Unanimous Decision Against Sharif Bogere In Telecast Opener

 

 Watch The Encore Presentation Monday At 10 P.M. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®

 

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CARSON, Calif., (February 9, 2019) – Gervonta Davis defended his WBA Super Featherweight World Championship with a thrilling first-round TKO of former world champion Hugo Ruiz before a sellout crowd of 8,048 at Dignity Health Sports Park Saturday non SHOWTIME.

Knockdown video highlight:  https://s.sho.com/2URYn8t

Baltimore’s Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) recorded his eighth career first-round knockout as referee Jack Reiss called off the fight with one second remaining in the first round following a devastating sweeping right hook by Davis connected cleanly and sent Ruiz (39-5, 32 KOs) down to his knees.

Davis, who entered the ring to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, wasted little time showing why he is one of boxing rising super stars with his impressive fourth win in a world title fight. The 24-year-old Davis is the youngest U.S.-born world titlist in boxing and was headlining for the first time.

With his promoter Floyd Mayweather looking on, Davis made quick work of his late-replacement opponent. “I knew it was coming,” he said. “I wanted to go more rounds, but I knew if I got him out of there early I could fight again sooner.  When I touched the jab I saw his arm was in front of his face so if I threw a hook or uppercut it was right in line.”

Davis, who has now stopped his last 12 opponents, connected on 50 percent of his power punches, just under the 51 percent power accuracy he logged in his last four fights.

The late substitute 32-year-old Ruiz was fighting for the second time in three weeks as he replaced the injured Abner Mares. Ruiz was used to being on the other side of first-round knockouts having recorded 18 of his own during his career.

“As soon as he started landing punches, I could feel them,” Ruiz said. “I have a lot of first round knock outs, today was my turn to lose in the first round. It happens in boxing.”

Next up for Davis could be the winner of the March 2 Ricardo Nunez-Edner Cherry WBA Eliminator on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center. “We could do that,” Davis said. “At the end of the day I’m a fighter. I’m a fighter and I have a great team. One of the best in the sport. I believe in my team and whatever they line up, I’m ready.

Davis told SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray he’s ready for a sweet homecoming for his next fight. “Yes, sir. We’re coming to Baltimore. We’re going home, baby.”

In the co-feature, Mario Barrios (23-0, 14 KOs) knocked out his seventh consecutive opponent as the 23-year-old from San Antonio stopped Mexico’s Richard Zamora (15-3, 10 KOs). The stoppage came at 2:16 in round four as referee Ray Corona waved off the fight after a barrage of Barrios punches landed cleanly and dazed the game Zamora.

With noted trained Virgil Hunter in his corner, the accurate Barrios landed a staggering 59 percent of his power punches, including 37 of 58 (64 percent) in the fourth and final round.

“He wasn’t an easy target at all,” said Barrios, who sparred with Amir Khan and Devin Haney in training camp and is the WBA’s No. 1 ranked fighter at 140 pounds. We just used everything we worked on in camp to find my range.”

He added: “It was an amazing fight. I tip my hat to Zamora – he’s a hell of a warrior. I wish him nothing but the best for the rest of his career. Like he said at the press conference, he wanted a war and I brought it to him. Total respect to him.”

Zamora was making his United States debut. “I came to fight,” he said. “I didn’t come to lay down. I thought I still could have fought more. I don’t want to criticize the referee. He did what he had to do.”

Barrios said he’s ready for the next big step-up in his career. “That’s up to my managerial team,” he said. “Whenever they feel I’m ready I’ll fight for a world title. Any one of them. I am knocking down the door for a world title right now.”

In the telecast opener, Javier Fortuna (34-2-1, 23 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Sharif Bogere (32-2, 20 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout. All three judges scored the fight 96-93 in favor of Fortuna.

The southpaw Fortuna, of Braintree, Mass, by way of the Dominican Republic, knocked down Bogere in the sixth round, the same round Bogere suffered a nasty cut above his right eye after an accidental head clash.

The knockdown occurred after a powerful left uppercut by Fortuna dazed Bogere, who appeared to be pushed down and touched his glove on the canvas.  Referee Edward Collantes scored it a knockdown, giving Fortuna the 10-8 round.

“(The knock down) was correct,” said Fortuna, who said he would love a future shot against Davis. “I saw his eyes were a little glossy and his legs buckled a bit. When I saw that he was cut, the game plan changed again and we had to work again to attack the cut.”

Originally from Uganda but now living in Las Vegas, Bogere gave himself a seven out of 10 grade. “I think I won the fight,” he said. “Even the knockdown was bull. He kept coming at me with the head. He kept trying to head butt me. The challenge was that there was blood in my eye. The first couple of rounds I was boxing him easily.”

At the midway point of the fight, Fortuna began pulling away winning rounds six, seven and eight on SHOWTIME Steve Farhood’s unofficial scorecard as Bogere continued to fade, although coming back to win round nine on Farhood’s card.

In the power punch category, Fortuna connected on 89 of 310 punches for 29 percent while Bogere landed 59 of 317 for just 19 percent. Bogere was riding a 13-fight winning streak over the past six years coming into the fight.

“What I want right now is a contract so I can fight Gervonta Davis wherever. Lomachenko, any of them,” said Fortuna, who had a No Decision against Adrian Granados last June on SHOWTIME after falling out of the ring in the fourth round suffering a head and neck injury.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN featured two live undercard fights on social media platforms leading into the televised tripleheader. Former world title challenger Erickson Lubin (20-1, 15 KOs) knocked down Ishe Smith (29-11, 12 KOs) a total of four times before the fight was stopped at the end of round three in a scheduled 10-round super welterweight bout. Undefeated super lightweight Juan Heraldez (16-0, 10 KOs) stopped Eddie Ramirez (17-3, 11 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled 10-round fight.

Veteran broadcaster Brian Custer hosted SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Versatile combat sportscaster Mauro Ranallo called the action alongside Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi. Three Hall of Famers rounded out the telecast team – Emmy® award winning reporter Jim Gray, boxing historian Steve Farhood as unofficial ringside scorer, and world-renowned ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. Alejandro Luna and former world champion Raul Marquez hosted the telecast in Spanish, available via Secondary Audio Programming (SAP). The Executive Producer of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING was David Dinkins Jr., with Bob Dunphy directing.

Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader will replay on Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME.

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FIFA eClub World Cup 2019 – Day 1 Summary

Feb 11, 2019

FIFA eClub World Cup 2019 – Day 1 Summary

• First day of eClub World Cup delivers drama aplenty
• Favourites KiNG eSports on song while holders Brondby out
• Manchester City and Futbolists also shine

The opening day of action at the FIFA eClub World Cup handed out plenty to get our teeth in across 72 games.

Read today’s talking points on FIFA.com>>>

Should you wish to use any text or quotes from today’s lead story, please credit FIFA.com.

Highlights – 9 February 2019

• Most goals: KiNG eSports (28)
• Qualified for next round: Manchester City, Wolves, FaZe Clan, Imperial, Futbolist, Dijon FCO, KiNG eSports, AFC Ajax
• New 2v2 team format introduced for the first time.

Editorial Content Now Available for Use

Please note that a Video News Release (VNR) – including B-roll footage and highlights from Day 1 of the FIFA eClub World Cup 2019 – is now available, along with a shot list. Please click HERE to access. Photos are also available via Getty Images.

For more information about the FIFA eClub World Cup, please click here.

The FIFA eClub World Cup 2019 will also be streamed live on FIFA.com and FIFA digital channels, including FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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U.S. Soccer Awards More Than $1,000,000 IN 2019 Innovate to Grow Fund Grants

Feb 11, 2019

U.S. SOCCER AWARDS MORE THAN $1,000,000
IN 2019 INNOVATE TO GROW FUND GRANTS

U.S. Soccer Member Organization Projects Aim
to Build Grassroots Soccer Throughout the Country

CHICAGO (Feb. 8, 2019) – In advance of the 2019 U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting, the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors has approved more than $1,000,000 in 2019 Innovate to Grow Fund grants to 17 Federation members whose innovative programs show promise in building the sport of soccer at the grassroots level.

The Innovate to Grow Fund was established in 2017 to help U.S. Soccer member organizations launch new and innovative programs to grow participation in their markets. In order to be considered for grant funding, members’ proposed programs were required to meet certain criteria as part of a comprehensive application process, including:

  • The program must be new and different from current efforts.
  • The program must demonstrate capability to grow participation.
  • The program must demonstrate potential to scale in other markets.
  • The program must align with U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.
  • The member must also be financially invested in the program.

In total, U.S. Soccer approved 17 new projects for 2019, totaling $1,173,311 in grant awards. By comparison, last year the Federation supported 13 projects and awarded $737,000 to member organizations through the Innovate to Grow Fund.

“We are delighted to see this program expand significantly in its second year,” said U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro. “This shows us just how eager our members are to grow the game in their communities.”

“We’re also very proud of the diversity we saw in our pool of applicants and winners, which included national organizations as well as youth, adult, and joint state associations,” he added.

Following is a full list of the organizations and state associations, some combined between youth and adult, that were awarded Innovate to Grow Fund grants:

AYSO
Increasing the number and quality of referees in grassroots youth soccer by investing in referee recruitment and training.

Cal South (Joint)
Introducing a new league with multiple age groups in a currently unserved area to reach 3,000 new players.

Eastern New York (Youth)
Staging soccer-themed festivals in targeted, underserved markets to introduce the sport in a fun and engaging way.

Eastern Pennsylvania (Youth)
Increasing access to participation in underserved and rural communities across the State by delivering coaching, refereeing and administrator education.

Georgia (Joint)
Getting more adults directly involved in the game via a new, walking soccer program.

Georgia (Joint)
Increasing teen player participation by delivering a low-cost, easy to access league.

Illinois (Youth)
Providing coaching education courses to 300 previously unlicensed coaches in unaffiliated programs.

Indiana (Joint)
Partnership between the State association, Ball State university, and a local soccer club to provide a holistic, player-centered environment aimed at increasing retention among youth players.

Massachusetts (Youth)
Initiative to deliver soccer programming to underserved areas with a transportable playing surface.

Mississippi (Joint)
Creating a new, urban futsal league to deliver small-sided competition and increase participation in urban areas.

Nevada (Youth)
A program aimed at eliminating barriers to participation by providing youth players with an after-school soccer competition that includes transportation, academic tutoring, and healthy snacks.

New Jersey (Youth)
Increasing youth participation by training local, multi-sport organizations across the State on how to organize, build and grow soccer programs. A focused effort to target multi-sport organizations in key markets to increase player participation.

Ohio South (Adult)
A program aimed at increasing adult participation by introducing soccer in a relaxed, non-competitive environment, focusing on developing fundamental skills and a basic understanding of the game for those who have little to no soccer experience.

SAY Soccer
Increasing participation by introducing new programming in rural, underserved, and majority-minority communities.

Tennessee (Joint)
Street Soccer initiative aimed at introducing soccer to 5,000 inner city and underserved youth.

Washington (Youth)
Delivering a new soccer program to a large Hispanic community in a rural area.

Wyoming (Joint)
Introducing a new futsal league to keep players engaged after the Fall outdoor season.

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“EN CASA TENEMOS QUE SEGUIR SIENDO MUY FUERTES”: REYES

Feb 8, 2019

“EN CASA TENEMOS QUE SEGUIR SIENDO MUY FUERTES”: REYES

Con respecto al conjunto de Tijuana, rival en turno de los Guerreros, el timonel albiverde Salvador Reyes explicó a detalle lo siguiente a los medios de comunicación:

“Tijuana no es un equipo fácil, ninguno en la Liga es así, que puedas pensar que lo vas a ganar con comodidad. Viene con un entrenador nuevo, ha trabajado bien, hemos seguido sus partidos y no será un encuentro sencillo. En la parte de arriba cuenta con gente muy interesante, el regreso de Ariel Nahuelpán, Gustavo Bou que es un jugador importante, tiene a dos jugadores por fuera como Bolaños y Castillo que son rápidos… tenemos que estar muy atentos, seguir insistiendo en lo que nos corresponde, tratar de seguir ofendiendo al rival, ser más contundentes y provocar más jugadas al frente”.

Con relación a cómo hacerle daño a la escuadra fronteriza, “Chava” mencionó:

“Vamos a tratar de abrir bien la cancha, contamos con dos delanteros muy interesantes a los que tenemos que surtir de balón, eso lo haremos buscando la profundidad; por dentro generar más futbol como lo hace Diego Valdés, e insistir, porque ha habido momentos del equipo muy buenos, en donde hemos tenido bastantes oportunidades”.

Destacó el equilibrio que debe existir en ataque y defensiva, con la intención de lograr una actuación completa:

“Ser consistente en lo que estás trabajando, eso implica que tienes que estar muy atento atrás para obtener los tres puntos, casi jugar sin error, estamos en eso, en tratar de mejorar, obviamente atrás seguir insistiendo en mantener el cero, pero arriba provocar más y hacer diferencia”.

Sobre el estado actual del volante colombiano Déinner Quiñones, dijo:

“Esta semana se integró al cien, ya sin trabajos diferenciados, está trabajando con el grupo. Hoy en el interescuadras observaremos cómo se desarrolla, ya está en una lista de probables de poder estar el domingo”.

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Tricolor que viste de rojo y blanco

Feb 8, 2019

Tricolor que viste de rojo y blanco

El buen paso que lleva en el arranque de este semestre combinado con la visita que el seleccionador nacional le hizo al equipo más popular y representativo del país el mes pasado surtieron efecto, ya que 8 elementos del primer equipo del Guadalajaraintegrarán la concentración que la Selección Mexicana realizará la próxima semana.

Durante su visita a Verde Valle el pasado 25 de enero, Gerardo Martino compartió que realizará periódicamente microciclos de entrenamiento, los cuales consistirán en poder convocar a jugadores de la Liga MX para entrenar de lunes a miércoles por algunas semanas y para su primera convocatoria consideró a Raúl GudiñoHiram MierIsaac Brizuela y Alexis Vega.

Así mismo, el Tricolor Sub 22 continúa con su preparación para disputar los Juegos Panamericanos de Lima 2019 y para su segunda concentración del año el entrenador Jaime Lozano contempló a Alejandro MayorgaAlan CervantesFernando Beltrán y Ronaldo Cisneros.  Ambos equipos entrenarán del lunes 18 al miércoles 20 de febrero en el Centro de Alto Rendimiento de la Federación Mexicana de Futbol.

El apunte rojiblanco:
– El debut del ‘Tata’ al frente del Tri será el próximo 22 de marzo frente a Chile en San Diego, California

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JORNADA RAYADA: LA ALEGRÍA DE SER DEL MONTERREY

Feb 8, 2019

JORNADA RAYADA: LA ALEGRÍA DE SER DEL MONTERREY

El gran ambiente que se vive en Rayados se percibe día a día en el Entrenamiento Rayado y esta mañana no fue la excepción.

Desde el Centro de Entrenamiento BBVA Bancomer El Barrial, los albiazules vivieron una mañana de trabajo con toda la Actitud Rayada, en donde las risas, el buen ambiente y el futbol se apoderaron del Plantel.

Comenzamos la mañana con trabajo de fuerza y resistencia, tanto en toque de balón como en remates de cabeza, para mejorar la técnica individual de cada uno de los jugadores.

Para la segunda parte de la práctica, se realizó una actividad recreativa de velocidad y reacción, en donde las risas y el compañerismo reinó entre los albiazules.

Para el final del entrenamiento matutino, los dirigidos por Diego Alonso realizamos distintos ejercicios de tiros y remates a portería, en donde también el buen ambiente y las risas fueron parte del mismo, encaminados siempre a buscar los objetivos y mantenernos en los primeros puestos de la Tabla General.

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Jose Ramirez and Gabriel Flores Jr. Visit Community Cancer Institute 

Feb 8, 2019

Jose Ramirez and Gabriel Flores Jr. Visit Community Cancer Institute 

Ramirez-Jose Zepeda and Ray Beltran-Hiroki Okada to be televised LIVE on Sunday, Feb. 10 on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

(Photo Credit: Mikey WIlliams/Top Rank)

CLOVIS, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2019) — WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez has fought for many causes near and dear to his heart and to the citizens of California’s Central Valley. As he readies to defend his title against Jose “Chon” Zepeda on Sunday at Fresno’s Save Mart Center, Ramirez is using his platform to continue the fight against cancer.

Ramirez, along with undefeated prospect Gabriel Flores Jr., visited cancer patients and their families Thursday at the Community Cancer Institute, one of the nation’s premier cancer treatment facilities.

“I lost my grandpa to cancer a few months ago, and I saw how important it was that he had the love and support of his family,” Ramirez said. “If the patient is fighting, then the family should be there fighting as well. I think that’s what you are going to see on Sunday. The whole Central Valley community is also fighting with you guys and will be bringing that motivation and encouragement.”

More than 10,000 fans are expected to pack the Save Mart Center to watch Ramirez, who hails from nearby Avenal. Ramirez will auction off his fight-worn purple gloves and assorted fight night attire, with all proceeds benefitting the Community Cancer Institute. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Community Cancer Institute, and Ramirez and his manager, Rick Mirigian, will also donate 1,000 tickets to Community Cancer Institute patients and their families.

When Ramirez walks to the ring, everyone in the arena will hold up a special sign that reads, ‘”Let’s KO Cancer.”

Ramirez-Zepeda and the 140-pound showdown between former lightweight world champion Ray Beltran and Hiroki Okada will headline a special Top Rank on ESPN card beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Flores’ bout against Alex Torres Rynn will be part of the ESPN+ undercard stream beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. 

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to this world championship event priced at $150, $90, $60, $35, and $25 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Save Mart Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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U.S. SOCCER AND DELOITTE ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR SPONSORSHIP

Feb 7, 2019

U.S. SOCCER AND DELOITTE ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR SPONSORSHIP

Deloitte’s Commitment to Inclusion Highlighted by Foundational Sponsorship of U.S. Soccer’s “SheBelieves Summit” on March 9 in NYC

CHICAGO (Feb. 7, 2019) – U.S. Soccer and Deloitte announced today a multi-year agreement for Deloitte to be the Official Professional Services Provider of the U.S. Soccer Federation and Foundational Sponsor of SheBelieves, beginning with the 2019 season, and running through 2021. As part of the agreement, Deloitte will be the title sponsor of the second annual U.S. Soccer SheBelieves Summit, which will take place on Saturday, March 9 at Nike’s Headquarters in New York City (855 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001).

With a shared vision in empowering the next generation, the Deloitte-U.S. Soccer relationship, brokered by Soccer United Marketing (SUM), U.S. Soccer’s partner for the past 15 years, highlights both organizations’ commitment to forging positive change and providing opportunities for young women.

“Inspiring young women and girls to reach their dreams is key to moving the needle and getting more women in the workforce to have confidence and position themselves for leadership positions,” said Cathy Engelbert, chief executive officer of Deloitte. “Deloitte is dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture in the workplace and more broadly in communities, and is thrilled to see SheBelieves move that mission forward. We look forward to supporting not only the upcoming SheBelieves Cup, but also the SheBelieves Summit-helping to elevate the conversation around female leadership and empowerment.”

The SheBelieves Summit, presented by Deloitte, will showcase a diverse group of innovative women who are driving progress in sports, business, technology, entertainment and more. This year’s summit, scheduled the day after International Women’s Day, features former and current U.S. Women’s National Team members, in addition to the following speakers:

  • Safra Catz – Oracle CEO
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad – U.S. Olympic Fencer
  • Katie Sowers – San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant
  • Rosemary St. Clair – Vice President/General Manager Global Nike Women
  • Erin Magee – Head of Development, Special Projects and Production at Supreme

Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Open to 200 college students, attendees can walk away with practical information on developing confidence, their community and their careers. To register for the event, visit shebelieves.us.

As part of Deloitte’s longstanding commitment to supporting women in business, the professional services organization will also be participating in the SheBelieves Internship Program. Starting in 2020, select qualified candidates from the SheBelieves Summit will have the opportunity to interview for an opportunity in a Deloitte internship program.

“As our U.S. Women’s National Team continues to gear up for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we are very excited to develop this relationship with an organization that is so dedicated to women’s empowerment,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis, “We are certain this new sponsorship will be beneficial to all the U.S. Soccer programs and the overall development of the sport in the United States.”

Conceived and developed by U.S. Soccer and the Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement created to inspire and encourage girls and women of all ages to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.

“Soccer United Marketing is proud to facilitate this multi-year relationship between U.S. Soccer and Deloitte to make the SheBelieves Summit a dynamic and engaging experience for attendees,” said Jen Cramer, Senior Vice President of SUM. “This marquee event harnesses the power of diverse thinking, sparks actionable change and develops female leaders for the next generation. The event marks a key milestone in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s mission to empower women in advance of this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

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LA Galaxy ficha al defensa Diego Polenta

Feb 7, 2019

LA Galaxy ficha al defensa Diego Polenta

El defensa uruguayo de 27 años de edad se une al club después de jugar para el Club Nacional de Football en Uruguay

LOS ANGELES (Jueves, 7 de febrero, 2019) – LA Galaxy anunció hoy que el club ha fichado al defensa central Diego Polenta. Polenta, de 27 años de edad, se une al Galaxy después de jugar para el Club Nacional de Football en la Primera División de Uruguay, donde jugó 136 partidos en todas las competencias, incluyendo la Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana y partidos de liga. Polenta, quien fue adquirido utilizando Fondos de Adquisición Específicos, ocupará un cupo de jugador internacional en la nómina del Galaxy y se incorporará al club a la espera de recibir su Visa P-1 y su Certificado de Transferencia Internacional (ITC).

“Diego es un defensor fuerte y talentoso que se encuentra en su mejor momento y que creemos puede convertirse en el mejor defensa de Major League Soccer”, dijo el Gerente General del LA Galaxy, Dennis te Kloese. “Tiene experiencia jugando a un nivel muy alto en Uruguay y contribuirá a nuestra línea defensiva. Estamos encantados de agregarlo a nuestra plantilla y esperamos integrarlo a nuestro equipo mientras nos preparamos para el comienzo de la temporada”.

Polenta originalmente fichó para Genoa de la Serie A italiana después de salir de la cantera donde jugó para el club antes de unirse al Club Nacional de Uruguay en el 2014 y jugar 136 partidos y convertirse en uno de los mejores defensas centrales de la liga.

En el 2014, su primera temporada con Nacional, Polenta llevó a su equipo a capturar el título de la Primera División uruguaya y además fue nombrado Jugador Defensivo del Año esa temporada. Dos años después, Polenta y su equipo ganaron un Segundo título de liga antes de ser nombrado capital del club, En el 2017, el defensa central ayudó a su equipo a ganar el Torneo Intermedio.

En total, Polenta a disputado competencias como la Primera División de Uruguay, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Torneo Intermedio y el Campeonato Uruguayo Especial durante su tiempo con el club.

A nivel internacional, el defensa central ha representado a Uruguay durante varios niveles juveniles, siendo convocado a la selección mayor de Uruguay en varias ocasiones. Desde el 2008, ha jugado para la sub-17, sub-20 y sub-23, disputando un total de 37 partidos y jugando durante la Copa Mundial de la FIFA sub-17 del 2009, la Copa Mundial de la FIFA sub-20 del 2011 y durante las Olimpiadas 2012 en Londres.

LA Galaxy comenzará la temporada regular 2019 de la MLS ante Chicago Fire el sábado, 2 de marzo a las 5 p.m. PT.  Boletos para el partido están a la venta ahora, oprimiendo aquí.

Transacción: LA Galaxy ficha al defensa Diego Polenta utilizando Fondos de Adquisición Específicos (TAM).

Nombre: Diego Polenta

Posición: Defensa

Estatura: 6’1”

Peso: 192 lbs.

Fecha de Nacimiento: 6 de febrero, 1992

Edad: 26

Último Club: Club Nacional de Football (Uruguay)

Ciudad Natal: Montevideo, Uruguay

Lugar de Nacimiento: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nacionalidad: Uruguay

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FIFA Legends assemble for exclusive FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ campaign

Feb 7, 2019

FIFA Legends assemble for exclusive FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ campaign

Some of the biggest stars in football, including Alex Scott, Marcel Desailly, Nadine Kessler, Michael Essien, Laura Georges and Gilberto Silva, have assembled as part of a 23-strong FIFA Legends squad for a campaign that will see these illustrious footballing personalities harness their sporting superpowers and turn into superheroes on a mission to promote the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 and the women’s game in general.

With just four months to go before FIFA’s flagship women’s football tournament kicks off, 23 current and former players, representing 19 of the tournament’s qualified nations, are coming together in a one-of-a-kind promotional initiative to support the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and drive match attendances, increase TV viewership, generate engagement and inspire a new generation to play women’s football.

Made up of 13 women and ten men, the squad members were selected for their superhuman qualities and unshakeable commitment on and off the pitch. Each has had to overcome obstacles in the face of adversity and as part of the campaign and the wider FIFA #DareToShine movement, will be encouraging women and girls to push boundaries to succeed in all areas of life.

Former England footballer Alex Scott said: “Who hasn’t dreamed of being a superhero?! I’m so excited about #LegendsAssemble because my alter ego, Trail Blazer, has only one objective – to empower girls and women and encourage them to play football!”

This coming together of FIFA Women’s World Cup Legends is visualised through a launch video, where each player is given a call to arms and transformed into their alter-ego showing them in their national team colours and sporting superpowers that range from shapeshifting to genius intelligence and X-ray vision. This will be followed up with a 23-episode series of mini-films that will give an insight into the #LegendsAssemble movement and reveal the relationships that defined them as footballers as well as the struggles that influenced them to become advocates for the women’s game.

Speaking about the #LegendsAssemble project, Michael Essien said: “Watch out –  as The Bison I am indestructible! I will use this power to change the way people see women’s football and get everyone to rally behind the biggest sporting competition this summer – the FIFA Women’s World Cup!”

As part of the #LegendsAssemble campaign, the FIFA Legends have committed to raising the profile of women’s football both on- and offline. Fans will be able to meet their superheroes ahead of the tournament kick-off, when individual squad members will take part in almost 100 events across the world that will include trophy tours, Host City activations and media appearances, in addition to attending matches during the tournament.

Speaking about the #LegendsAssemble launch, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said:

“The eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be very special and it takes place at a time when women around the globe are uniting to make their voices heard. The tournament’s official slogan “Dare to Shine” echoes the current world movement towards female empowerment and I am looking forward to seeing teams of strong and passionate women, from 24 different countries, illuminate football stadiums in France with their skill. Our superheroes will help us to reach a global audience of one billion and make the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 our biggest and best yet – for players, for fans, for local communities and for the empowerment of girls and women.”

To download the video and graphics, please click HERE.

More information on the campaign can be found on FIFA.com and the following LINK

Appendix

Name Country Superhero name Superpower
Vero Boquete Spain Verocity Relentless resilience
Tim Cahill Australia K.O. Knockout punch
Esteban Cambiasso Argentina Illusion Mental manipulation
Marcel Desailly France The Mystic Can see into the future
Michael Essien Ghana The Bison Indestructible
Julie Fleeting Scotland Air Scotland Flight
Laura Georges France Martial Lore Close combat
Nadine Kessler Germany The Magician Magic
Karina LeBlanc Canada LeBlur Superhuman reflexes
Kristine Lilly USA Emulator Can transfer power to others
Aya Miyama Japan RiFT X-ray vision
Portia Modise South Africa Sonic Shaker Sonic scream
Peter Odemwingie Nigeria Aeonian Resurrection
Park Ji-sung Korea Republic Three Lungs Superhuman endurance
Míchel Salgado Spain Encendio Shapeshift
Lotta Schelin Sweden Lotta Lightning Breaking the sound barrier
Mark Schwarzer Australia The Schwarzinator Lightning reflexes
Alex Scott England Trail Blazer Genius intelligence
Gilberto Silva Brazil The Invisible Wall Moves silently
Mikaël Silvestre France The Surge Teleporting
Kelly Smith England Midas Midas touch
Sun Wen China PR Sun Shadow Telekinesis
Tashana Vincent Jamaica Electric Dash Elastic agility

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Les FIFA Legends se rassemblent pour une campagne exclusive en lien avec la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA, France 2019™

Certains des plus grands noms du football, dont Alex Scott, Marcel Desailly, Nadine Kessler, Michael Essien, Laura Georges et Gilberto Silva, se sont regroupés pour former une équipe de vingt-trois FIFA Legends dans le cadre d’une campagne numérique qui verra ces illustres personnalités utiliser leurs super-pouvoirs sportifs et devenir des super-héros afin de promouvoir la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA 2019™ et le football féminin en général.

À tout juste quatre mois du coup d’envoi de la compétition phare du football féminin, vingt-trois joueurs et joueuses actuel(le)s et ancien(ne)s – qui représentent dix-neuf nations qualifiées pour la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA 2019™ – se réunissent dans le cadre d’une initiative unique en son genre visant à promouvoir France 2019, attirer les spectateurs et téléspectateurs, susciter un engouement et inciter une nouvelle génération à pratiquer et suivre le football féminin.

Composée de treize femmes et dix hommes, l’équipe a été constituée sur la base des qualités surnaturelles de chacun et de leur engagement de tous les instants sur le terrain et en dehors. Chacune de ces Legends a dû faire face à l’adversité et, dans le cadre de la campagne #DareToShine (#LeMomenDeBriller) de la FIFA, elles encourageront les jeunes filles et les femmes à repousser leurs limites afin de réussir dans la vie, et ce à tous les niveaux.

Ce rassemblement de FIFA Legends est mis en scène dans une vidéo de lancement, qui voit chaque joueur et chaque joueuse répondre à l’appel et se transformer en un alter ego héroïque aux couleurs de son équipe nationale. Chaque héro dispose de super-pouvoirs uniques, comme la métamorphose, le génie intellectuel ou la vision aux rayons X. Une série de 23 mini-films donneront ensuite un aperçu détaillé du mouvement #LegendsAssemble et des Legends qui le composent, revenant sur leur vie de footballeur et sur ce qui les a poussés à devenir des porte-paroles du football féminin.

Michael Essien a déclaré au sujet du projet #LegendsAssemble : « Attention ! je suis l’indestructible Bison ! J’utiliserai mon pouvoir pour changer la perception vis-à-vis du football féminin et attirer l’attention du monde entier sur la plus grande compétition sportive de l’été : la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA ! »

À l’approche de France 2019, une série de vingt-quatre vidéos donneront un aperçu de l’initiative #LegendsAssemble et des raisons qui ont poussé certaines des plus grandes stars du football à le rejoindre. Les épisodes reviendront sur leur vie de footballeur et sur ce qui les a incités à devenir des porte-paroles du football féminin. Ils dévoileront également, bien entendu, les super-pouvoirs uniques de chacun.

L’ancienne internationale anglaise Alex Scott a pour sa part déclaré : « Qui n’a jamais rêvé d’être un super-héros ? Je suis emballée par #LegendsAssemble car mon alter ego, Trail Blazer, n’a qu’un seul objectif – autonomiser les jeunes filles et les femmes et les encourager à jouer au football ! »

À travers leur implication dans la campagne #LegendsAssemble, les FIFA Legends entendent renforcer le profil et la visibilité du football féminin. Les fans auront de nombreuses opportunités de venir rencontrer les super-héros avant et pendant la compétition, puisque ces derniers participeront à près de 100 événements à travers le monde – tournée du trophée, activités dans les villes hôtes, apparitions publiques, etc.

En octobre 2018, la FIFA a lancé sa toute première Stratégie pour le football féminin en vue d’accroître la participation à ce sport et de renforcer sa valeur commerciale et ses fondations. Cette stratégie entend notamment améliorer l’image de la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA™ et l’utiliser comme élément moteur du développement du football féminin.

Évoquant le lancement de #LegendsAssemble, la Secrétaire Générale de la FIFA, Fatma Samoura, a déclaré : « La huitième édition de la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA sera d’autant plus spéciale qu’elle se déroulera à un moment où les femmes du monde entier s’unissent pour faire entendre leur voix. Le slogan officiel du tournoi, ‘Le moment de briller’, fait écho au mouvement mondial actuel pour l’autonomisation des femmes et je me réjouis de voir vingt-quatre équipes de femmes fortes et passionnées illuminer de leur talent les stades de football en France. Nos super-héros nous aideront à toucher une audience mondiale d’un milliard de personnes et à faire de la Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA 2019 la plus grande et la plus belle des éditions – pour les joueuses, pour les supporters, pour les communautés locales et pour l’autonomisation des jeunes filles et des femmes. »

Annexe :

Nom Pays Nom de super-héros Super-pouvoir
Vero Boquete Espagne Verocity Persévérance ultime
Tim Cahill Australie K.O. Super coup de poing
Esteban Cambiasso Argentine Illusion Manipulation mentale
Marcel Desailly France The Mystic Peut voir le futur
Michael Essien Ghana The Bison Indestructible
Julie Fleeting Écosse Air Scotland Vol
Laura Georges France Martial Lore Combat rapproché
Nadine Kessler Allemagne The Magician Magie
Karina LeBlanc Canada LeBlur Réflexes surnaturels
Kristine Lilly États-Unis Emulator Peut transférer du pouvoir aux autres
Aya Miyama Japon RiFT Vision aux rayons X
Portia Modise Afrique du Sud Sonic Shaker Cri supersonique
Peter Odemwingie Nigeria Aeonian Résurrection
Park Ji-sung République de Corée Three Lungs Endurance surhumaine
Míchel Salgado Espagne Encendio Métamorphose
Lotta Schelin Suède Lotta Lightning Peut franchir le mur du son
Mark Schwarzer Australie The Schwarzinator Réflexes fulgurants
Alex Scott Angleterre Trail Blazer Génie intellectuel
Gilberto Silva Brésil The Invisible Wall Déplacements furtifs
Mikaël Silvestre France The Surge Téléportation
Kelly Smith Angleterre Midas Toucher de Midas
Sun Wen RP Chine Sun Shadow Télékinésie
Tashana Vincent Jamaïque Electric Dash Agilité élastique
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