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FUEL Soccer Talk: Almirón makes PL debut: FC Cincinnati’s new kit; U.S. U-18 women head to England

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MLS export Miguel Almirón makes Newcastle United debut

Miguel Almirón, acquired from the Atlanta United for a reported $28 million, made his Newcastle United debut on Monday in the club’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton. He was greeted with plenty of enthusiasm from the home crowd and plenty of praise from the commentators on TV.
Almirón, a versatile, attack-minded workhorse, may be the most impressive export to come out of the MLS.
Almirón didn’t score a goal or help create one but he did impress plenty of observers including NUFC writer Chris Waugh who said: “He eats up ground in no time at all, both with and without the ball and he is lightning quick off the mark.”
A scouting report in The Guardian on Almiron included this: “Despite a slight frame, he is strong enough to hold off a challenge, and few midfielders can match his acceleration and pace. Almirón’s biggest weakness is a reticence to use his weaker right foot, which can leave him with difficult shooting on the left of the penalty area and eliminates some otherwise playable passes. He is much more effective approaching goal when he plays a through ball, gets near the byline to hit a cross or cut the ball back, or strikes from distance.”

How successful will Miguel Almirón be in the Premiere League?  

Looking Good: FC Cincinnati unveil first MLS kit

FC Cincinnati unveiled its first Major League Soccer jerseys, which are presented by Mercy Health, this week in a special ceremony at Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall. While the team’s primary blue and orange kit was showcased at the event, the team revealed its secondary, away jersey via social media prior to the event’s start. In tandem with Adidas, the official on-field supplier for MLS, FC Cincinnati designed the team’s inaugural MLS kits in record time after the team’s May invitation to join MLS in time for the 2019 season.

Which club has the best kit in the MLS?

U.S. U-18 women head across the pond

U.S. Coach Tracey Kevins  is taking a talented roster of 20 players to England on Feb. 18 for the club’s first camp of 2019. The roster is comprised of 14 players born in 2002, five players born in 2003 and 2004-born forward Allyson Sentnor. The American team will face an England squad comprised mostly of 2002s Feb. 23 and 26 at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre outside of London.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2)
Mia Justus (IMG Academy; North Brunswick, N.J.)
Neeku Purcell (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6)
Abby Allen (Lonestar SC Academy; Austin, Texas)
Baleigh Bruster (Tophat; Smyrna, Ga.)
Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.)
Sally Menti (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
Ayooluwa Oke (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Madison Perez (Legends FC; West Covina, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6)
Aislyn Crowder (Hawaii Rush; Mililani, Hawaii)
Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.)
Emily Mathews (Nationals; Macomb, Mich.)
Alexis Missimo (Solar SC; Southlake Texas)
Amber Nguyen (Tophat; Snellville, Ga.)
Alexis Theoret (FC Virginia; Oak Hill, Va.)
FORWARDS (6)
Trinity Byars (Solar SC Richardson, Texas)
Michelle Cooper (Michigan Hawks; Clarkston Mich.)
Dilary Heredia-Beltran (SPORTING Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kan.)
Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Newport, Calif.)
Allyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.)
Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.)

What are the strengths of this year’s U.S. U-18 team? 

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