Soccer player – Tom Cosgrave http://tomcosgrave.com/ Tue, 10 May 2022 18:22:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tomcosgrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T165924.844-150x150.png Soccer player – Tom Cosgrave http://tomcosgrave.com/ 32 32 FIFA and EA Sports end their two-decade partnership https://tomcosgrave.com/fifa-and-ea-sports-end-their-two-decade-partnership/ Tue, 10 May 2022 18:04:02 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/fifa-and-ea-sports-end-their-two-decade-partnership/ These games, however, will not offer the same type of match simulations that enthusiasts of the EA Sports version have come to know. For that, consumers will be told to wait until 2024, when FIFA will announce the launch of a rival football simulation game. “I can assure you that the only real authentic game […]]]>

These games, however, will not offer the same type of match simulations that enthusiasts of the EA Sports version have come to know. For that, consumers will be told to wait until 2024, when FIFA will announce the launch of a rival football simulation game.

“I can assure you that the only real authentic game bearing the FIFA name will be the best available to football players and fans,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “The name FIFA” – which he suggested the organization would pick up for its own game – “is the only global and original title”.

The last EA Sports-FIFA deal was signed 10 years ago, but the years that followed were marked not only by big changes in technology, but also by even bigger upheavals at FIFA, which nearly broke down. collapse after a major corruption scandal in 2015. Infantino, since taking office that year, has tried — and often failed — to unlock new revenue streams.

When even direct talks between Infantino and Electronic Arts chief executive Andrew Wilson failed to yield a breakthrough, the parties agreed to an amicable parting, Wilson said.

“It was really about how can we do more for the players, more for the fans, how can we offer them more game modalities, how can we bring more partners into the game, how can we’re expanding beyond the confines of traditional gaming,” Wilson, whose personal association as a game engineer dates back two decades, said in a phone interview.

In addition to a doubling of its licensing fees, FIFA has also demanded the ability to attach its brand to other digital products, including other video games, according to people familiar with the talks. It turned out to be a step too far for EA Sports, who now have to persuade legions of dedicated fans to get used to another name.

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Columbus Crew player drives family to hotel after game https://tomcosgrave.com/columbus-crew-player-drives-family-to-hotel-after-game/ Sun, 08 May 2022 10:07:20 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/columbus-crew-player-drives-family-to-hotel-after-game/ Chris, Meg and Macklin Cantwell, 11, wandered Lower.com Field for more than an hour trying to find a taxi after several failed attempts to call an Uber to take them back to their hotel. When two men in a two-door Audi drove outside on the south side of the stadium, Chris sprinted towards the car […]]]>

Chris, Meg and Macklin Cantwell, 11, wandered Lower.com Field for more than an hour trying to find a taxi after several failed attempts to call an Uber to take them back to their hotel. When two men in a two-door Audi drove outside on the south side of the stadium, Chris sprinted towards the car to ask for a ride.

The driver was Crew right-back Steven Moreira.

“We were so desperate and Steven rolled down his window and had a cute friendly smiling face,” Chris said. “We basically explained our situation and he said, ‘Yeah, come in’.”

The Cantwells were in town for a youth football tournament with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds development academy. When they saw the Crew playing at home against DC United, they and the rest of the squad bought tickets for the game.

Macklin Cantwell with his mother, Meg, at the Crew game against DC United

Macklin and his team had the opportunity to walk the field after the game. Once done, the area around Lower.com Field was virtually deserted, Chris said. They first tried to call an Uber inside the stadium, but those rides were way off.

They thought they could get a taxi outside the stadium, but there was nothing there. By then their phones were dead. The few taxis that showed up picked up large groups before the Cantwells could reach them. The stadium staff they asked for help also had no luck with Ubers.

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Schoolcraft footballer scores goals https://tomcosgrave.com/schoolcraft-footballer-scores-goals/ Thu, 05 May 2022 22:32:07 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/schoolcraft-footballer-scores-goals/ SCHOOLCRAFT, Mich. (WOOD) — Schoolcraft senior Hannah Thompson is the scourge of football goalies. Last year, she scored 87 goals to set the single-season record for women’s high school soccer in Michigan. In Schoolcraft’s game against Kalamazoo Hackett on Wednesday, she scored four goals to bring her tally for this season to 47. “It doesn’t […]]]>

SCHOOLCRAFT, Mich. (WOOD) — Schoolcraft senior Hannah Thompson is the scourge of football goalies.

Last year, she scored 87 goals to set the single-season record for women’s high school soccer in Michigan. In Schoolcraft’s game against Kalamazoo Hackett on Wednesday, she scored four goals to bring her tally for this season to 47.

“It doesn’t matter how many goals I score, it’s just if the team works together,” Thompson said. “A football team is not just one player, it’s all 11. So if we can all work together, improve together, learn how to pass the ball, then we will be good.”

“She will finish with a game and ask what the final score was, what was the total. She doesn’t even know how many she scored,” said her coach and father Scott Thompson. “I like that about her because she tries more to improve the team, to win and to be effective for the team.”

Despite losing an entire season to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thompson is just 51 goals shy of Michigan’s all-time women’s soccer record of 228. Schoolcraft still has six games left in the regular season.

She will play football for Eastern Michigan next year

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Birmingham’s first football star Prosper Kasim is still hungry https://tomcosgrave.com/birminghams-first-football-star-prosper-kasim-is-still-hungry/ Tue, 03 May 2022 13:44:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/birminghams-first-football-star-prosper-kasim-is-still-hungry/ When Prosper Kasim was young, his mother didn’t want him to play football. Helicopter parents in the United States direct their children to specific sports, but for Kasim, it wasn’t like that. He was banned from playing football because his family in Ghana was too poor. He did it anyway. Kasim may be soft-spoken, but […]]]>

When Prosper Kasim was young, his mother didn’t want him to play football.

Helicopter parents in the United States direct their children to specific sports, but for Kasim, it wasn’t like that. He was banned from playing football because his family in Ghana was too poor.

He did it anyway.

Kasim may be soft-spoken, but he’s always been determined.

Talk to Kasim for a few minutes and ask the quiet 25-year-old Birmingham Legion FC player to talk about his childhood, and the prospect hits harder than the striker’s divine left-footed shots. Kasim’s left foot has always been a legend among his Legion teammates, as has his run from Ghana to Alabama.

For the first time since arriving in Birmingham four years ago, Kasim recently sat down for a one-on-one interview about his journey from one of West Africa’s most crowded slums to the place where he is now. Kasim is one of the original Birmingham Legion FC players, and at this point he has lived in Birmingham longer than anywhere else outside of Ghana. He still doesn’t have a car, but that’s only because he sends so much money home for his family.

I’m just gonna come out and say it. Mercedes-Benz of Alabama, which is a major team sponsor, needs to step up its game. Kasim is an emerging star in this city, and Birmingham needs to take care of its own.

Over the past four years, Kasim has gone from scrawny and talented prospect to Birmingham Legion FC’s most beloved player. Now he could also be the best in the team. Kasim’s goals in last week’s 2-1 win over Charleston Battery were stunning strikes and some of the most exciting signs we’ve seen from this club to date show they are building a solid framework for success long-term.

The first goal was nicebut I still replay the second rocket launch several times a day.

Kasim has been at Birmingham since the start of the club’s season, and during that time he has steadily developed alongside more established pros. First it was Chandler Hoffman, then Brian Wright. Neco Brett was the target after that and Junior Flemmings also co-starred.

This season it’s supposed to be Juan Agudelo, but the former United States international has been slow to find his form at Birmingham. Meanwhile, Kasim steps into a leading role that Coach Tommy Soehn and President Jay Heaps have always envisioned. It was Kasim who scored Legion’s first goal in club history in 2018, and it was Kasim who looked like an unstoppable force last week against Charleston Battery.

Legion returns to Protective Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday night against Miami FC (4-3-1). It’s a big game for Legion (3-3-2), who have won back-to-back games after a sluggish start to the season. The team is, however, in the process of finding its identity. Agudelo will be available for Birmingham for the first time in several weeks, and Legion traded striker Macky Diop to Detroit City FC last week.

Agudelo is the nationally recognizable name, but the face of this team is Kasim. He best represents the club’s team culture and everything he did at Birmingham. Three Sparks started with nothing but is now one of the most respected franchises in the USL Championship. Thanks to Legion’s support system, Kasim got to work and transformed his body.

It may sound crazy, but when Kasim came to the United States in 2018, he had to learn to eat more food. This has never been an option before.

When he was young, there was never enough food. Life was so different in Ghana that it’s hard even for Americans to understand. For Kasim’s mother, football was a waste of time and resources. She wanted Prosper to go to school. All he wanted was to play football. To punish Prosper for playing football, mom Kasim wouldn’t feed him.

“I told you not to go and you went,” Kasim recalled, his mother saying, “so there’s no food for you.”

It’s hard to imagine, but Kasim says it’s sometimes like that in Africa. His family used to not eat, or not enough. Kasim may be a little hungrier.

He was good at football, though, and everyone in his neighborhood knew that, so they took care of him.

Kasim is the seventh of eight siblings from the sprawling migrant town of Nima, on the outskirts of Ghana’s capital Accra. Nima has a bad reputation in Ghana, Kasim explained, but people there love and care for each other. Community ties are strong. It is slums, however, and one of the poorest and most crowded places in West Africa.

“Everyone there has to be scrambling,” Kasim said.

King Maestro, he was called in Nima when he was younger. All of his Birmingham Legion FC teammates now call him Peezy.

Call him Legion’s first real star. Kasim always plays hungry, and now it’s finally time to eat.

Joseph Goodman is a columnist for the Alabama Media Group, and author of “We Want Bama: A season of hope and the formation of Nick Saban’s ‘ultimate team'”. You can find him on Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr.

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Sporting KC take on FC Dallas in an MLS soccer match in Kansas City https://tomcosgrave.com/sporting-kc-take-on-fc-dallas-in-an-mls-soccer-match-in-kansas-city/ Sun, 01 May 2022 02:46:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/sporting-kc-take-on-fc-dallas-in-an-mls-soccer-match-in-kansas-city/ Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell (7) celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty kick during the game between Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas on April 30, 2022 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Nick Tre. Black-smith Special to the star Trailing by a goal at halftime on Saturday night at Children’s […]]]>

Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell (7) celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty kick during the game between Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas on April 30, 2022 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell (7) celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty kick during the game between Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas on April 30, 2022 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Special to the star

Trailing by a goal at halftime on Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park, Sporting Kansas City had one of their best halves of the season, winning a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas.

“I just told the guys you have to come out in the second half and completely change your mentality,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said of his half-time speech.

For the first time in a long time, Sporting seemed to be the attacking aggressor. The combinations between Daniel Salloi and Logan Ndenbe came together, and a more inspired performance from Espinoza and Walter in midfield was a major boost.

“I think we had good attacking aggression, which is what we wanted to start the game with,” Vermes said. “We wanted to try and get the first goal and put ourselves in a very good position.”

That’s what they did. And part of that may have been down to a pregame chat between Johnny Russell and Daniel Salloi. So what did the first say to the second?

“It’s time we stepped up,” Russell said. “It’s good to talk, (but) we know we have to reach those standards from last year and help us out of the situation we find ourselves in. Because no one is going to help us. It must come from us.

Sporting KC were likely hoping for a return of Gadi Kinda to help ignite a spark in attack, and the original timetable for his return had passed. As the club announced on Friday, Kinda is out for the year, and the composition of the roster as currently constructed will not change until this summer.

“We realize there are a lot of injuries,” Salloï said. “We can be creative attacking players who have to score goals and try to win the game. We have to step in with a few moments and I’m glad we were both able to score.

Sporting KC (2-6-2) kicked the scoring when Salloï was awarded a penalty because his legs were swept under him as he turned to shoot into the penalty area. Russell kicked the penalty past the Dallas keeper in the 22nd minute.

Dallas scored twice on incredible individual efforts to lead 2-1 at halftime. 19-year-old Argentine wonderkid Alan Velasco scored from a free-kick taken from a tight angle, and United States men’s national team forward Jesus Ferreira dribbled past Sporting’s backline and rolled one into the top corner.

While both goals featured incredible finishes, Vermes lamented some of the things that happened in the build-up to those goals.

“The first goal shouldn’t happen because we shouldn’t foul in the situation we faced,” Vermes said. “The second goal, not our whole line, but part of our line, is to step in when they shouldn’t. There’s no pressure on the ball and they run behind us, and then we don’t give a body to the player.

Sporting came off with a shot in the second half and appeared to be pushing for a goal anyway, but the home side received some unexpected help in that regard from FC Dallas substitute Brandon Servania.

Servania, who came on in the 60th minute, spent just seven minutes on the pitch. But in that short time, he managed to earn two yellow cards before being sent off.

Leading a man for 25 minutes, Sporting KC pushed the pace until Hungary winger Daniel Salloi equalized in the 77th minute.

With the game tied again, Dallas did what they could to stop the game. The visitors picked up several yellows which cost them time while Sporting couldn’t score a decisive goal.

Sporting KC next takes on defending MLS Cup champion NYCFC on the road on Saturday at 6 p.m.

This story was originally published April 30, 2022 9:46 p.m.

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Ziniah Hardy leads the Southside defense https://tomcosgrave.com/ziniah-hardy-leads-the-southside-defense/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 05:04:54 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/ziniah-hardy-leads-the-southside-defense/ SOUTHSIDE – Defensive players don’t always get the same love as attacking players in football. Especially in high school football, where limited resources prevent coaches from tracking defensive stats. When Southside defensive star Ziniah Hardy had the chance to make an impact in the AHSAA Class 6A women’s soccer first round game, she didn’t miss […]]]>

SOUTHSIDE – Defensive players don’t always get the same love as attacking players in football.

Especially in high school football, where limited resources prevent coaches from tracking defensive stats.

When Southside defensive star Ziniah Hardy had the chance to make an impact in the AHSAA Class 6A women’s soccer first round game, she didn’t miss out.

Hardy scored from a free kick after a handball to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead by the third minute.

Southside then beat Cullman 4-1 on Thursday to advance to the second round.

“It felt so good, especially coming from a defender,” Hardy said. “I was excited.”

ORDER PATH:Camryn Davis and Alana Morton lead Southside’s No. 2 Women’s Football before heading to Jacksonville State

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Tennis, Baseball Players Named ODU Athletes of the Year – The Virginian-Pilot https://tomcosgrave.com/tennis-baseball-players-named-odu-athletes-of-the-year-the-virginian-pilot/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 00:49:39 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/tennis-baseball-players-named-odu-athletes-of-the-year-the-virginian-pilot/ Tennis player Yuliia Starodubtseva and baseball player Andy Garriola were honored as Old Dominion Female and Male Athletes of the Year, respectively, during Monday night’s Golden Monarch Awards program at the ODU Volleyball Center. Starodubtseva, ranked 17th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, is 20-1 in singles action this season and led ODU to its second […]]]>

Tennis player Yuliia Starodubtseva and baseball player Andy Garriola were honored as Old Dominion Female and Male Athletes of the Year, respectively, during Monday night’s Golden Monarch Awards program at the ODU Volleyball Center.

Starodubtseva, ranked 17th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, is 20-1 in singles action this season and led ODU to its second straight Conference USA tournament championship.

Having achieved the national top spot in doubles alongside Tatsiana Sasnouskaya earlier this season, she looks certain to make it into the NCAA Tournament in team play, singles and doubles.

Garriola ranks second in C-USA and fourth nationally with 18 homers and is first in the conference and fourth nationally with 61 RBIs. As a monarch, he has 42 homers and 195 RBIs, third on the ODU career chart.

Football defensive tackle Alonzo Ford was named Male Freshman of the Year. He led all ODU defensive linemen with 38 tackles, including 2.5 for loss. He helped ODU achieve the third-best rush defense in C-USA, giving up 134.1 yards per game.

Volleyball player Myah Conway was named female freshman of the year. She was part of Team C-USA All-Freshman after ranking third on the team with 2.19 kills per set and second with 70 blocks. She has managed 10 or more wins in nine games.

In addition, swimmer Noah Wilkins and women’s soccer player Ryan Parcutt received the Men’s and Women’s Championship Effort awards, which encompass in-competition and out-of-competition achievement.

Swimmer Jack Grotjohn and baseball player Andrea Dalatri were named Male Research Athlete of the Year, and soccer player Emily Garrick was named Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Rick French — the senior associate director of athletics, facilities and operations — was the staff member of the year.

The women’s lacrosse team won the Monarch Cup, which is awarded to the team that has earned the most points through community service and support from other student-athletes at campus events.

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Sport is a family affair for Timothy Christian star Maddie Drye – Shaw Local https://tomcosgrave.com/sport-is-a-family-affair-for-timothy-christian-star-maddie-drye-shaw-local/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 02:17:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/sport-is-a-family-affair-for-timothy-christian-star-maddie-drye-shaw-local/ ELMHURST — Timothy Christian star Maddie Drye walked the football pitch on Saturday, basking in the warmth of a picture-perfect spring day. But the weather wasn’t the only reason for the junior striker’s happiness. Nor did Drye get an assist in the Metro Suburban Conference Trojans’ 2-0 win over St. Francis in Elmhurst. Playing alongside […]]]>
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The Northerner | Takeaways from the spring women’s soccer season and in anticipation of the fall season https://tomcosgrave.com/the-northerner-takeaways-from-the-spring-womens-soccer-season-and-in-anticipation-of-the-fall-season/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 20:33:48 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/the-northerner-takeaways-from-the-spring-womens-soccer-season-and-in-anticipation-of-the-fall-season/ The preseason for Northern Kentucky women’s soccer saw a lot of changes in the team. With the departure of a few key seniors, the team is transitioning its young players into bigger roles. The team’s spring season has had its ups and downs so far, but it’s been seeing positive growth early on. “Overall, I’m […]]]>

The preseason for Northern Kentucky women’s soccer saw a lot of changes in the team. With the departure of a few key seniors, the team is transitioning its young players into bigger roles.

The team’s spring season has had its ups and downs so far, but it’s been seeing positive growth early on.

“Overall, I’m happy with what I’ve seen from everyone on the team this spring. We are focusing on individual player growth in pre-season and many players are taking on bigger roles to fill in the gaps from last fall. said head coach Bob Sheehan.

The aspect that made Sheehan the proudest was last season’s fast-paced offense that sometimes failed to find the back of the net. As for why the team has seen an increase in attacking success, striker Annie Greene attributes it to “better ball movement and better passing.” “This pre-season we’re just doing a really good job of finding the open player and keeping constant pressure on opposing defenses for 90 minutes, which has allowed us to score more.”

The team’s fans even noticed the first successes and growth of the club in the spring.

Harrison Kitchen, an avid fan of the team, said: “Even from the side, you can tell this team just moves faster and plays harder on both sides of the ball in pre-season.”

Despite the new faces and the youth of the team, they played well and Sheehan hopes to see their continued growth as they finish playing the last two games of their spring pre-season.

As spring draws to a close and players begin to solidify their roles for next season, the starting roster might look like this.

Note: The player year listed is current to Spring 2022.

11 departures scheduled for the 2022-23 Northern Kentucky women’s soccer season:

NKU goaltender Mimi Stines corrals a shot against Evansville in the 1-1 draw. (Cameron Nielsen)

Goaltender: Mimi Stines, Senior

Stines has been a staple for the Norse for several seasons now and is on track to have another stellar season next fall. Although she is currently struggling with an injury, she is on track to be fully healthy by the fall. During his years with the team, Stines racked up accolades such as Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, Horizon League Goaltender of the Year, and All-Horizon League First Team.

NKU defender Taylor Abbott (22) chases the ball near the touchline in Thursday’s win. (Matthew Dietz)

Defender: Taylor Abbott, Junior

After starting in eight games in her sophomore year and 14 last season, Abbott has become one of the team’s most reliable defensemen. With her continued growth on the defensive side, she looks like a “set it and forget it” starter for Sheehan in the fall.

Freshman defenseman Lydia Self (7) dribbles past Purdue Fort Wayne. Self took two shots and played 83 minutes on Thursday. (Matthew Dietz)

Advocate: Freshman Lydia Self

Self arrived in her first season and had an immediate impact on the team from 15 games. In his first season alone, Self earned Freshman of the Year, All-Freshman Team, and All-Second Team Horizon League honors. After a good fall, she is looking to postpone her first successes until next season.

NKU midfielder Megan Sullivan sends in a corner kick in the win over Detroit Mercy on Thursday. (Matthew Dietz)

Defender: Megan Sullivan, Junior

Beginning with 18 games her freshman season, Sullivan again started every game of her junior year after recovering from an injury that kept her out of the entire sophomore year. The tremendous speed and physicality that Sullivan brings to the field has propelled her into a starting role since she started with the team.

A trio of NKU players surround an opponent from Cleveland State in the Norse’ 1-0 victory on Sunday. (Cameron Nielsen)

Defender/Midfielder: Macy Harper, Junior

Harper played 14 games last season in his first year with the team after transferring from Xavier his second year. Her ability to play in multiple positions and be physical up front will make her a plug-in starter for Sheehan’s team next season and help round out the backline of defense.

Kayla Wypasek shoots against Northwestern Ohio in the Norse spring game on April 14. (Emory Davis)

Midfielder: Kayla Wypasek, Junior

During his time at NKU, Wypasek took on more and more responsibility with each season. Thanks to a strong fall season, she will see even more playing time next season and will most certainly play a key leadership role in her senior season.

Shelby Wall defends against Northwestern Ohio in NKU’s spring game on April 14. (Emory Davis)

Midfielder: Shelby Wall, Junior

Heading into his senior season, Wall will be an anchor for the midfield and will be an important part of the team’s first line of attack and defense. Wall is a solid scorer, ball facilitator and wins many 50/50 balls in defense. She will be one of the veterans of the team along with her other senior teammates in the 2022 season.

Kaya Vogt during NKU’s April 14 spring game against Northwestern Ohio at NKU Football Stadium. (Emory Davis)

Midfielder: Kaya Vogt, second year

Vogt has started every game of her college career and has been the cornerstone of NKU’s midfield since she arrived on campus. She improved her All-Freshman team selection in her first season when she was named to the All-Horizon League first team a season ago. At the start of his junior season, Vogt will once again lead the Norse midfield with his solid play.

Lindsey Meyer dribbles against Northwestern Ohio during the Norse spring game on April 14. (Emory Davis)

Attacker: Lindsey Meyer, Junior

For the past two seasons, Meyer has served the team as a starter in every game as a forward. During her tenure with NKU, she exemplified a unique ability to create offense in a variety of ways with her eight goals and 12 assists during her college career. These qualities will no doubt make Meyer a full-time starter in the fall once again.

NKU striker Annie Greene (21) charges after the ball against Evansville on Sunday afternoon. (Cameron Nielsen)

Forward: Annie Greene, Junior

As the season progressed last fall, Greene began to see more and more game action and even started a handful of games. With her continued growth, the junior looks set for a starting role up front in her final season with the club. Greene brings a great amount of energy to the pitch for the Norse and will look to do so again in 2022 for NKU.

NKU midfielder Sofia Wilmes (4) dribbles the ball against Purdue Fort Wayne during the NKU Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal game. (Matthew Dietz)

Attacker: Sofia Wilmes Second year

Wilmes has been one of the top scorers in the Horizon league since the start of his NKU career. As one of the team’s young leaders, Wilmes has registered five goals and two assists in 2021, following her first year being named to the All-Freshman team. Wilmes’ aggressive and fast-paced nature of play complements the other nine starts well and makes them a top team heading into next fall in Horizon League 2022.

Five things the Spring 2022 pre-season showed:

1. NKU will remain a first pass team:

Passing and finding the open player is one of the main things Sheehan emphasizes. Throughout pre-season, the Norse have continued that with stellar passing all around the pitch, which has led to their surge in attacking power so far.

2. Constant pressure/strong play at the point of attack is the defensive style of play:

Much to Sheehan’s delight, the team has done a solid job playing solid defense and winning possessions this spring. This style of play led to these attacking opportunities right from the start of the pre-season. Continuing that will be a huge key to Norse success next fall.

3. The individual growth of each player is the goal of spring:

While the main focus is always on team growth, Sheehan has repeatedly spoken of “individual development and growth” as the main focus of spring. Many players have stepped up and shown growth so far this pre-season, which has been crucial in filling the role of players lost last fall.

4. Growth on the attacking side is a focal point:

Offensive dry spells were what kept NKU from being the great team they were just a year prior. Lack of offense was a big factor behind the five-game losing streak they endured in the fall of 2021. Coach Sheehan wants to see his team score more consistently, rather than in spurts like he there is a season. Strong attacking results so far this spring offer hope that this trend will change in the fall of 2022 for the Norse.

5. The seniors will play a huge role in the team’s success next season:

Eight of the projected 11 starters next season will be seniors. The starting 11 of mostly upperclass men has had a successful spring and if the trend continues, it bodes well for team morale and confidence heading into the 2022 regular season.

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National footballer Thomas Müller invests in GREENFORCE https://tomcosgrave.com/national-footballer-thomas-muller-invests-in-greenforce/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 08:00:04 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/national-footballer-thomas-muller-invests-in-greenforce/ Issuer: GREENFORCE FUTURE FOOD AG / Keyword(s): Investment19.04.2022 / 10:00 The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. National footballer Thomas Müller invests in GREENFORCE – The company expands its investor structure: in addition to the management and the supervisory board, renowned institutional and private investors are involved – Funding supports establishment […]]]>

Issuer: GREENFORCE FUTURE FOOD AG / Keyword(s): Investment
19.04.2022 / 10:00
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

National footballer Thomas Müller invests in GREENFORCE

The company expands its investor structure: in addition to the management and the supervisory board, renowned institutional and private investors are involved

– Funding supports establishment as a leading provider of plant-based food alternatives in Europe

– Dynamic growth at home and abroad continues in 2022

Munich, April 19, 2022. GREENFORCE FUTURE FOOD AG secures another top investor with 112-time German national football player Thomas Müller. In addition to the management and the supervisory board, renowned institutional investors from continental Europe and the United States, as well as leading private investors, have already invested in the company since the end of 2021, thanks to the successful placement of a capital increase of 15 million euros. Among the latter are, for example, the German TV presenter and entrepreneur Joko Winterscheidt and the food entrepreneur Michael Käfer, who is well known in German-speaking countries. The funds generated by these investment measures will allow GREENFORCE to continue its momentum to become one of the leading suppliers of plant-based food alternatives in Europe.

Thomas Müller on his investment in GREENFORCE: “I am delighted to be part of the GREENFORCE success story. GREENFORCE gives each of us the opportunity to make our food more sustainable, healthier and yet incredibly delicious. My involvement is to help GREENFORCE become a leader in this forward-looking market as quickly as possible.”

Investments pave the way to become a leading supplier of plant-based food products
The latest rounds of funding support the climate-neutral company’s ambitions to establish itself as one of Europe’s leading providers of plant-based food alternatives. The investments will therefore primarily serve to accelerate the growth, international expansion and continued expansion of the future-oriented research and development center in Munich.

Successful expansion of the omnichannel sales concept
GREENFORCE is a vegan food technology company that has been developing, marketing and distributing sustainable alternatives to meat, fish, eggs and dairy since 2020. With its innovative technology, the first plant-based meat substitute for the self-mixing, GREENFORCE aims to change the food industry for good. The company’s omnichannel approach in e-commerce and food distribution (LEH) is the key to its dynamic growth success, which is also planned for 2022. There, the company has grown to more than 10,000 points sales in less than 12 months. . In addition to Easy-To-Mix vegan products in powder form, GREENFORCE is also marketing its first fresh products in the refrigerated sections of supermarkets.

“We are proud that in addition to well-known institutional investors, top athletes and popular personalities such as Thomas Müller are also enthusiastic about GREENFORCE. Together, we are united by the goal of shaping the food transition towards a more sustainable future,” adds Hannes -Benjamin Schmitz, Co-CEO and Board Member of GREENFORCE

International expansion continues as planned
At present, the center of activity is still in Germany. However, since 2020 GREENFORCE is also active in Austria and Switzerland (online and offline) and online in the Netherlands and the UK. After the products are already represented in the catering and gastronomy sectors in Italy, the launch in other distribution channels in this country is also planned in the near future.

GREENFORCE stands for sustainability and low-emission food alternatives GREENFORCE aims to drive a paradigm shift towards a healthy and sustainable lifestyle through plant-based nutrition. Avoiding the consequences of climate change is a top priority. All products are 100% vegan and made in Germany. For this, the company received the Green Product Award and the PETA Vegan Food Award in 2021. For the production of 100 grams of pea protein, approximately 48 times less land is needed compared to 100 grams of beef protein, as well as 8 times less water and 113 times less CO2 is emitted. In addition, GREENFORCE is carbon neutral, relies on green logistics and fully offsets unavoidable CO2 emissions through effective climate protection projects.

“With great strides, we are growing GREENFORCE into one of the leading providers of plant-based food alternatives in Europe. We want a paradigm shift towards a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. In doing so, we focus on quality, sustainability and avoiding the consequences of climate change. Investors like Thomas Müller help us achieve our goals,” says Thomas Isermann, Founder and CEO of GREENFORCE.

About GREENFORCE:
GREENFORCE FUTURE FOOD AG develops and distributes vegan and sustainable food. With its omnichannel strategy, GREENFORCE pursues the vision of becoming the European leader in plant-based food technologies while making a measurable contribution to the global climate and animal welfare.

More information here: www.greenforce.com

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