FUEL Soccer Talk: MLS record transfer; Manchester Madness; Lesson Plan

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Atlanta sends Miguel Almiron to Newcastle for MLS record $30 million transfer

Miguel Almiron is on the move and it’s a record move for the MLS.
Almiron, who helped lead Atlanta United to an MLS title last season and has 21 goals and 28 assists in his two MLS seasons, is headed to Newcastle of the English Premiere League for a reported MLS record $30 million. The MLS record transfer fee is reportedly $23 million, which is what Bayern Munich reportedly paid Vancouver and MLS for Alphonso Davies. 
Because of MLS rules, Atlanta United needed to either sell Almiron or sell or loan Ezequiel Barco. MLS does not allow a team to have more than three Designated Players (a player who makes more than $540,000).
The fact that thrifty (cheap) Newcastle is shelling out the $30 million is even more of a suprirse especially considering Arsenal and West Ham in England, A.C. Milan and Napoli in Italy, and Real Betis in Spain all had showed interest in the 24-year-old striker. Newcastle, who lost to Manchester City on Tuesday, is fighting to avoid relegation in the Premier League. Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reportedly made Almiron his top transfer target in the January window.
Here is a glimpse at what Newcastle is getting:

Can Atlanta go back-to-back without Miguel Almiron in the lineup?

Manchester Madness: Crazy Day in the PL for both City and United

At one point on Tuesday, Manchester City was beating Newcastle 1-0. At another point on Tuesday, Burnley was defeating Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford. At the final point on Tuesday, Manchester City lost 2-1 to Newcastle, a huge blow in the defending champion’s Premier League title hopes as the fans on Merseyside were twisting and shouting over the result. At the same point, United scored two goals in less than 5 minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie at home. So what’s the point – what a crazy day in the Premiere League, especially in Manchester.
City had won eight straight games in all competitions – before Newcastle. City had scored 30 goals without reply – before Newcastle.
From Pep Guardiola: “We were not at our best. We started with a goal, but the rest of the game, we did not have the rhythm that we need to impose our game. We were slow, we did not commit, we couldn’t find our players, we didn’t believe we could find them. Nothing.”
Meanwhile over at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s latest magic trick rescued United from an embarrassing loss at home. Two sensational late goals inside five frantic minutes salvaged a point for Manchester United against Burnley but the caretaker boss’ eight game winning streak came to an end. Still, considering the circumstances, getting a draw was like pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
From Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “The comeback was brilliant, the players have been asked about how they would react if they went 1-0 or 2-0 down so I felt the comeback was fantastic. We had loads of chances, loads of possession, we didn’t deserve to lose. But we did it to ourselves really.”

Is Manchester City’s loss the nail in the coffin as far as the Premier League is concerned? 

LESSON PLAN: Creating Angles & Passing Lanes from APD

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What other ways are there are at creating angles and passing lanes?

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