The 50th renewal of the annual Roper Cup football extravaganza between North Street rivals St George’s College (the 2015 Flow Cup champions) and Kingston College (Roper Cup defending champions) will be held today at Emmet Park, St George’s College. Action will begin early. The first match starts at 10 a.m. with the Under-14 teams, followed by the Under-16 teams. These teams will play for the George Thompson Trophy, which will be decided by the aggregate score. The Roper Cup is played between the Under-35 and the current Manning Cup teams (again decided by the aggregate score line). In between the Under-35 and Manning Cup match will be the Over-35 match for players from both institutions. The Over-35s will play for the Pancho Rankine Cup. The day’s matches will showcase the football skills of many former Manning Cup greats from both schools, including this year’s honourees Maurice Rhoden and Derrick “Sastri” Denniser. This year’s event will feature a family oriented entertainment package. There will also be spot prizes and giveaways throughout the day from the event’s sponsors. Sponsors include Supreme Ventures, Vitamalt, CB Group (through CB Chicken & Bad Dawg Sausages), SportsMax TV, Barco Caribbean Limited, Hi-Lyte Sport Drink, Crimson Dawn, Spanish Court Hotel, and Marksman Limited.
ODELL DROPPED OUT of school when she was fifteen years old. Now at age 35 she worked as a school janitor. She was a mother who would do any hard work to get pay to feed her seven children. Every day as she completed her work on the campus of the Ward Preparatory School in Gardnersville, Chicken Soup Factory, she would go around to work for people in the community. She would wash their clothes; cut grass in the yard and clean bathrooms. But the highest pay she got for doing these work was three hundred Liberian dollars.With the pain she faced from neighbors and people she worked for, she realized how unbearable life was, and admitted that she was responsible for her condition because she was compelled to do such work to be able to feed her seven children. One day, having gone through her day’s labor, she avoided areas that people had assembled and found a large tree where she sat down under its shade to examine her life.Her husband of twenty years who was her strength, died during the heat of the deadly Ebola crisis. Unable to care for the children’s upkeep, she allowed her oldest daughter Evelyn Cooper, who was 15 years to stay with her mother, which was her grandmother. She sent her second child, Isaac Cooper, 12, to live with her former neighbor, a policeman at Battery Factory community, where she once lived with her husband and the children. Her next two children, twin boys, John and James Cooper were eight years, who were still staying with her, along with six years old Marie Cooper, Cooperlyn Cooper, who was four years and three-year-old Watta Cooper. As she thought about her life and the challenges she faced, she dozed off, and yet her thoughts moved on to her hard life.Sometimes she felt like allowing five of her children who were living with her to stay with people who had always pestered her, requesting for the children to live with them. ‘How can I do that,” she murmured in her sleep. It was in the midafternoon and though it was in the raining season, the day was warm and a light cold breeze swept under it. It was no wonder she had dozed off, thinking about her personal life and what she must have done to her life. With the number of children she had brought into the world, did she prepare herself enough for them? Even if her husband Samson Cooper were alive, could he have provided materially for all of the children? Yes, she knew life was treating her severely but how did her suffering begin? Supposed she had had only three children, could she have provided support to them, though she had no skill to earn money on her own? Of course she knew about family planning that many of her friends used to space the births of their children. Why she never encouraged her husband to have used it to space their children? She seemed now to realize that as a woman she possessed the authority to determine how her children were born. That she did not do so meant she was responsible for their suffering. Then suddenly, she woke up, when she heard a loud voice behind the tree she was sitting under.“Oh,” she said, “so I have been sleeping?” It was not a question to anyone. She gathered her clothes about herself and walked around the tree to see if someone was behind there, and there he was the community pastor, who was known to preach on bushes.“You scared me,” she told him, and the man, with a smile, murmured, “Sorry I did not know you were sleeping behind the tree.”“It’s alright,” she said and lowered her head, though she did not why she must act like that. The man was known to be a good man in the community, just that his love to preach on Killer Bean yellow buses in the community made him popular. She was still thinking about the man’s preaching when she heard the man say, “Let God bless you, my dear, for I know your story and I’ve asked God to bless you.”Turning her face to look at the pastor, Odell said, “Pastor I know God is a merciful God and always care for those who don’t have it, is that not true of God?”The pastor brought his worn Bible from a plastic bag, and said, “He is surely merciful, for he cares about us.”Looking away from the pastor, Odell, said, “Can you explain to me why my husband was killed by the Ebola virus and now I am left to care for children only by doing hard work?“I get sick at times after doing dirty work for people and then go about asking good neighbors for money to buy medicine to take care of my children.”The pastor gave a deep breath and said, “My dear, I’m not surprised at your question but understand that God is a wise God and He gave us a lot of common sense to do anything that we want to do.“I am aware of your troubles but don’t ever imagine that the good Lord was responsible for your husband’s death, for unforeseen occurrence befalls all of us. We had an Ebola situation that killed many people, both good and bad people; both children and mothers…” The pastor did not end his statement and Odell gave way to tears. It was hard for her to think about events about her husband’s death and those of the countless in that dark period inLiberia. As she her eyes filled with tears, the man of God moved closer and placed his hand on her back, telling her that God was in control.After a several seconds, Odell regained her composure and when the pastor said, “We should remain strong in the Lord, for He knows our tragedies and He would help us in His own due time.” She knew the man of God was telling her the truth but it was a truth she figured was loaded with meaning.Lifting her head to face that of the pastor, she said, “I feel good, pastor,” and extended her right hand to shake that of the pastor. The man of God smiled, and held the woman’s hand, pumping it several times.“In all that we come across,” the pastor said, “we should put our hope on God for He has a way to make up with us and now all you need to do is to look into your own circumstances and find a way to make it right for yourself.” When she asked what he meant by that statement, the man of God said, “I have known how much you have suffered with your children and as we speak you are still going through a lot.“Have you thought about learning some skill, like being able to do some selling at the market in Gardnersville to be able to earn money to help yourself and your children? I see you are a smart woman and with blessings of children who may be able to assist you in what decide to do, turn your life around and don’t allow things to take over yourself.”The young woman’s smile was radiant for now she could see what the man of God was directing his message. She realized that if God had made it possible to bless her with seven children then of course she must take the pastor’s suggestion to turn her life around. But she knew also that doing business involved money, and so she said, “I am good at doing some selling but pastor you know it takes some money to do that.”The pastor agreed and then suggested to her to come to the nearby church that he was one of the pastors, and may be God’s loving kindness could meet her when the congregation got to hear her story. IT HAD BEEN two years since Odell had the encounter with the pastor. Now she was a woman of purpose, and her children had returned to her. Her business was booming and she was a staunch member of her community church that showed her the way.To crown it all, she was happily married to a man who cared for her. It was the man; yes the pastor who preached to her and God led the way to turn her life around. Pastor Sam Kollie and his wife Odell Kollie were known in their Gardnersville community. His wife, Odell was a model woman who was the head of the women’s wing that carried out a group that counseled young women in the church and in the community to gain or regain their focus in life. Her new life was spoken about and she had always voiced her testimony to encourage others who were down and out because, she always told those that were in dire need of a new life that, “God has always been good to me and he would do it for you, only if you don’t give up and persevere in prayer.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
For more information on any of the events happening at the Fort St. John Curling Club, you can call General Manager, Trudy Mitchell, at 250-785-2037. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Curling Club has a busy season coming up with a number of events planned.On October 18, the Curling Club will be holding a Friday Night Social, followed by the Club’s Annual General Meeting.According to Club Manager, Trudy Mitchell, the Social will start at 6:00 p.m. and feature six-end games and appetizers. The cost to play in the Social is $25.00 per person.- Advertisement -Mitchell says the AGM will follow at 7:30 p.m. and will be open to anyone who is interested in learning about what is happening at the Curling Club and to learn about what the Club has been doing in the off-season.Then on October 19, the Club will be hosting a Doubles Funspiel and the Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Pints for Polio – Pub Crawl. Registration for the Pub Crawl starts at 1:00 p.m. at the Curling Club.Fast forward to the weekend of November 22, the Club will be hosting a Mens and Ladies Bonspiel. Registration is now open for that event.Advertisement
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Justin London’s surgically repaired right ankle has been bothering him all season, and it finally might cost him a game. London, UCLA’s middle linebacker, has hardly practiced this week and as of Wednesday, is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Oregon State. UCLA coaches have to construct a game plan without him. “It’s touch and go right now for him,” defensive coordinator Larry Kerr said. “The ankle really has been chronically bothering him. He goes through phases where it’s pretty good and phases where it starts to bother him again. Obviously, it’s hampered him some. It’s frustrating for him and frustrating for us. Like everything else, you have to be ready to go with the next guy and we are.” Freshman John Hale, who has made four starts at outside linebacker, probably will move to middle linebacker, and Spencer Havner and Wesley Walker would play outside. Walker would make his first start of the season since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in August. “I have no animosity about this quarterback thing, particularly Matt Moore,” Dorrell said. “I heard there were some issues that I was upset with him and I have nothing to be upset with him about. Whoever leaked that, I have no issues, absolutely none. He’s a good kid and he’s going to do great things for them. I just hope he doesn’t do it this weekend.” National attention: Quarterback Drew Olson was named one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award, along with USC quarterback Matt Leinart. Olson has completed 133 of 198 passes for 1,612 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions for the 6-0 Bruins. “Isn’t that great?” Dorrell said. “I think he’s earned it. He’s played great football. He’s playing top-caliber football like most of the best quarterbacks in the country. It’s good for him to get that type of recognition for the hard work he’s done and for him to continue the process of building this team and leading this team to the great things we’re doing.” Also: Offensive lineman Chris Joseph had surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left knee Wednesday and is out for the season again. Joseph had a partially torn ligament in the same knee last year and had surgery in November. Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Any Moore questions? UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said during his weekly news conference Monday that he had no bad feelings over former UCLA quarterback Matt Moore leaving the program and transferring to Oregon State. However, on a conference call with Moore on Tuesday, a Southern California reporter asked Moore: “Do you think (Dorrell) has any reason to be upset about the situation? It was almost like he was upset when your name was mentioned. He’s still upset about it now, it seems like.” The question was repeated in different ways, although Moore said he didn’t understand it. He attempted to answer the question but then the conference call was disconnected by Oregon State. “It was a combination of three things,” said Steve Fenk, Oregon State’s sports information director for football. “The guy from The (Riverside) Press-Enterprise didn’t help. (Moore) had a team meeting to go to and we were just about out of time.” Dorrell reiterated Wednesday that he wasn’t at all upset at Moore and harbored no ill will.
Some of the world’s top bloggers are coming to Donegal.Ireland will be trending this weekend as Fáilte Ireland provides tailor-made tours of the country for up to a hundred travel and tourism bloggers from over 15 countries who are in Ireland ahead of the TBEX Europe 2013 conference, which takes place next week in the Burlington Hotel Dublin (October 3-4th).It is anticipated these bloggers will be a major boost to Ireland’s profile as a tourism destination – and they are coming to Donegal! While the delegates are here, they will be facilitated in fully experiencing all Donegal can offer by having the opportunity to go on a number of exciting press tours developed by Fáilte Ireland with lots of photo opportunities and great story ideas.The bloggers have an action packed itinerary on their Wild Atlantic Way North West trip (#WAWNorthwest).The travel bloggers will arrive in Donegal on Monday to get a windswept experience of Donegal’s coastline starting with a boat trip around the iconic Sliabh Liag cliffs.Following a light lunch they will then have a guided tour through the Slieve League Cliffs by minibus before heading to the Glencolumcille Folk Village and on to discover Irish culture at Oideas Gael Cultural Centre. Tuesday will see the group depart from Harveys Point for the Inishowen Peninsula and a guided tour of an Grianan of Aileach Ancient Stone Fort departing Burt and driving via Buncrana and Dunree Head through Mamore Gap on to Glenevin Waterfall, Doagh Famine Village to Banba’s Crown and finishing at Malin Head.Fáilte Ireland Head of Operations, Martina Bromley today emphasised “This is a great opportunity to create a major impression to tens of millions of online followers as the TBEX delegates explore Donegal while they are here and share their experiences with the world.“Coming, as it does, against the background of The Gathering, we will be conducting our largest social media marketing campaign and press trips imaginable – to ensure that, as hundreds of travel writers are generating tens of millions of impressions online, the best possible sounds, sights and sensations from around Donegal are transmitted.“TBEX is the kind of conference every destination wants to host; we will have a captive audience of hundreds of the world’s top tourism bloggers giving us the potential to make a massive digital footprint across social media channels.”TBEX, the Travel Bloggers Exchange, is the world’s largest conference and networking event for online travel journalists and travel industry companies, with previous conferences generating some millions of online impressions. This year’s conference will bring over 600 delegates from across the globe and is an excellent opportunity for the Irish tourism industry, trade and travel brands to promote Ireland and engage with the world’s most influential travel bloggers and leading digital content creators.You can follow some of their progress and gauge their impressions by following #TBEXWORLD’S TOP BLOGGERS HEADING TO DONEGAL was last modified: September 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bloggersdonegalTBEX
A special evening in memory of the late Sinn Féin representative Gráinne Mhic Géidigh will take place this Saturday 21st September 2019 at 6pm at the party’s constituency office in Derrybeg.The gathering, which is being organised by Deputy Pearse Doherty, will see a number of special events take place as friends, family and all those who knew Gráinne come together to pay tribute to the party’s first ever female elected representative in Donegal.Speaking ahead of this Saturday’s occasion, Teachta Doherty said “I am delighted and hugely humbled to be able to announce that this Saturday will see friends, family and loved ones of Gráinne Mhic Géidigh gather together for a special event taking place in dedication to her memory. “As many people will recall Gráinne sadly passed away just a few days before Christmas in 2017 following a battle with cancer.“To all who knew her, it’s in no way cliché to say that Gráinne was simply one of a kind.“To her family she was a sister, a mother as well as a loving wife. As for the rest of us she was a truly remarkable woman: a dedicated Republican, a passionate Gaeilgeoir and – speaking personally – a wonderful friend and confidant.“She is someone who will always be foundly remembered for, amongst other things, her inimitable wit, her beautiful singing voice and knowledge of traditional Irish folklore and tradition. “During her lifetime Gráinne made history when she became the first woman elected to the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, making her Sinn Féin’s first woman elected representative in the county.“Considering the many worthwhile contributions she made over the years to promote the Irish language and the Gaeltacht region, it’s only fitting that a special event like this takes place to celebrate the mark she left on the lives of all who knew her.“On the night a commissioned portrait of Gráinne by local artist Annette Curran will be unveiled, while the ‘Gráinne Mhic Géidigh Scholarship’ will be launched which aims to assist young people attend Irish Colleges in the Gaeltacht to learn the language.“Separately, the ‘Corn Ghráinne’ award for participants of the ‘An Beál Binn’ recitation festival will also be launched while food and drinks will be served on the night.“I’d therefore like to extend an open invitation to everyone who knew Gráinne to ask that they join us this Saturday in Gaoth Dobhair for an evening of celebration, conversation and refreshments all in loving memory of a true patriot, Gráinne Mhic Géidigh.” Ócáid Speisialta á Reachtáil i gCuimhne Gráinne Mhic Géidigh*Leagan Béarla Thíos / English Version Below*Cuirfear ócáid speisialta ar bun i gcuimhne an tIar-ionadaí Shinn Féin Gráinne Mhic Géidigh ag 6 i.n. ar an Satharn 21ú Meán Fómhair 2019 in Oifig Shinn Féin, Doirí Beaga.Tá an tionól á éagrú ag Teachta aitiúil Pearse Doherty agus beidh roinnt imeachtaí ar súil ar an oíche mar a dtiocfaidh cairde, baill dá teaghlach agus daoine a raibh aithne acu ar Gráinne le chéile chun ómós a thabhairt don chéad ionadaí ban an pháirtí i nDún na nGall. Ag caint roimh an ócáid, Dúirt Teachta Doherty:“Is mór an ónóir dom a rá go dtiocfaidh cairde, gaolta agus daoine muinteartha Ghráinne Mhic Géidigh le cheile Dé Satharn chun freastáil ar ócáid speisialta atá á reachtáil i ndilchuimhne uirthi.“Cuimhneoidh daoine go bhfuair Gráinne bás le hailse go brónach cúpla lá roimh Nollaig i 2017.“Ní haon áibhéil a rá nach mbeidh leithéid Ghráinne ann arís.“Ba bhean chéile ghrámhar í, máthair gheanúil agus deirfiúr iontach. Bean iontach ab ea í gan amhras: bhí sí ina Poblachtánach an-díograiseach, Gaeilgeoir paiseanta agus – ag caint go pearsanta – cara dílis agus rúnchara.“Bhí féith an ghrinn inti leoga agus bhí clú agus cáil uirthi de bharr a guth álainn agus an t-eolas leathan a bhí aici ar an bhéaloideas agus an seantraidisiúin.“Rinneadh stair nuair a thoghadh Gráinne mar bhall de bord Údarás na Gaeltachta: an chéad bean a bhí tofa air agus an chéad ionadaí ban Shinn Féin sa chontae.“Chuaigh Gráinne go mór i bhfeidhm ar achan duine a raibh aithne uirthi agus silím gur comhartha ómóis cuí é go mbeidh ócáid speisialta mar seo ar súil chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar a saol go háirithe nuair a chuimnítear go ndéarna sí obair mhór ar son na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta.“Nochtfar portráid choimisiúnaithe do Ghráinne le healaíontóir aitiúil Annette Curran ar an oíche, agus seolfar ‘Scoláireacht Ghráinne Mhic Géidigh’ atá á bhonnadh d’fhonn cuidiú le daoine óga freastail ar Choláistí Gaeilge sa Ghaeltacht.“Chan amháin sin ach beidh an ‘Corn Ghráinne’ lainseáilte agus é atá le bronnadh ar rannpháirtí sa chomórtas aithriseoireachta, An Beál Binn agus cuirfear bia agus deoch ar fáil fosta.“Mar sin ba mhaith liom cuireadh oscailte a thabhairt d’achan duine a raibh aithne acu ar Gráinne chun a bheith inár gcuideachta Dé Sathairn i nGaoth Dobhair fá choinne tráthnóna ceiliúradh, cainte agus sólaistí i ndilchuimhne ar fíor-thírghráthóir, Gráinne Mhic Géidigh.”Special event to remember the late Gráinne Mhic Géidigh was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
California now has more installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity than a number of European nations as well as Australia, and it sits at the top of the heap in the U.S., according to a new report.The latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranked California ahead of the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, and Belgium and is the first state in the U.S. to have more than 10,000 megawatts of installed solar capacity, SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch said in a statement.If California were a nation, it would rank sixth in the world in installed PV capacity, with enough solar to power nearly 2.6 million homes.Of the 718 MW of new capacity installed in the first quarter of the year, the majority, 399 MW, is in utility-scale projects. Another 231 MW is residential and the balance of 88 MW consists of commercial installations. Collectively, the additions amount to an investment of $1.7 billion.“To put the state’s remarkable progress in some context, today California has 10 times more installed solar capacity than the entire nation had in 2007,” Resch said.He attributed the “explosive growth” to public policies such as the federal solar Investment Tax Credit, Renewable Portfolio Standards, and net-metering.Prices for installed residential PV systems dropped 4% year-over-year in the first quarter, and are nearly 50% lower than they were five years ago.“The upswing in residential installations is expected to continue in the foreseeable future, especially in light of a recent report by the California Energy Commission, which shows that more than a quarter of all new homes being built in Southern California are being constructed with solar energy systems,” Resch’s statement added. “Presently, there are 2,226 solar companies at work throughout the state, employing 54,700 Californians — and those numbers are continuing to grow.”After California, the next five states ranked in order of first-quarter installations were Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Texas. Other conclusionsThe new Market Insight Report also made these points:Solar installers are looking for ways of combining PV with other technologies and services, including distributed energy storage, load control in the form of smart thermostats or smart home kits, demand response, and electric vehicle charging.The growth of residential PV systems is especially strong, up 76% over the first quarter of 2014 and up 11% from the fourth quarter of 2014.Non-residential PV installations are slipping, down 3% from the first quarter of last year and down 24% from the fourth quarter of last year.State incentives are “less critical” in a handful of states, but in most markets across the U.S. state incentives are still necessary to make residential PV installations economically viable.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Monday gave his assent to a Bill that seeks to withdraw 20,000 “politically motivated” cases filed across the State over protest demonstrations, including one against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The case against Mr. Adityanath and a dozen others was filed for holding a meeting in alleged violation of prohibitory orders over 22 years ago.Eight Bills passed during the winter session of the U.P. legislature got the Governor’s assent, including the Uttar Pradesh Criminal Law (Composition of Offences and Abatement of Trials) (Amendment) Bill. Apart from Mr. Adityanath, who also holds the home portfolio, Union Minister Shiv Pratap Shukla, BJP MLA Sheetal Pandey and ten others were respondents in the case filed at Gorakhpur’s Pipiganj police station on May 27, 1995.Mr. Adityanath, who was then the local MP of Gorakhpur, allegedly made a hate speech following the killing of a Hindu youth in a clash between two groups during a Moharram procession. He was arrested and spent 10 days in jail before being enlarged on bail. In May this year, shortly after he took over the reins of the State, his government had told the Allahabad High Court that he cannot be prosecuted in another case for allegedly making a hate speech that was said to have triggered communal riots in Gorakhpur in 2007. The Governor also gave approval to the UP Prayagraj Mela Authority, Allahabad, Bill 2017, aimed at having improved arrangements for holding Maha Kumbh, Kumbh, Magh and other ’melas’ at the Sangam in Allahabad, a Raj Bhawan communique said here today.
United States Young USMNT squad looks to end heartbreaking 2017 with hope for future Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 14:07 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images United States Portugal v United States Portugal Friendlies Caretaker coach Dave Sarachan likes what he has seen from his U.S. squad in the team’s first camp since failing to qualify for the World Cup Nothing that happens in Tuesday’s friendly between the U.S. national team and Portugal will take away the heartache of the Americans missing out on the 2018 World Cup, but what the U.S. can do is give fans something to feel good about as they endure a long wait for matches that matter.A promising collection of talented prospects has been called in for the U.S., and while they all may not play, we should see enough of them to get a taste of what the next generation could have to offer. Players such as Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Ethan Horvath have been considered the next generation for some time, and caretaker U.S. coach Dave Sarachan should have no issue with giving some of them a taste of senior national team soccer.”We have a number of players who are young, and are still getting acclimated and used to this level, but I can tell you I think what we’ll see on Tuesday is a group that has a lot of energy, team spirit and confidence,” Sarachan said. “We know we’re facing an excellent team in Portugal, and our group, I think, is coming together pretty well. They’re getting to know one another, we’re getting to know them, and we’re excited to see what it looks like on Tuesday.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Americans will face a Portuguese squad playing without Cristiano Ronaldo, who was left off the roster along with veterans Nani and Ricardo Quaresma. The Portuguese side will still boast plenty of big-name players, including former Real Madrid defender Pepe, Barcelona fullback Nelson Semedo, Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva and Euro 2016 goal-scoring hero Eder.Even without Ronaldo, that is more than enough firepower to provide a good test for the Americans.”The ultimate goal for this group that we have here is to get the best experience they can get against good players and a good team,” Sarachan said. “Not having Cristiano here, I’m not going to cry over it, but I think our players understand there’s still a great challenge ahead.”The match sees the return of John Brooks, who missed the September and October qualifiers because of a thigh injury. He returns to find some competition in central defense. Miazga and Carter-Vickers should be in contention to start alongside Brooks, while Sarachan is more likely to turn to holdovers DeAndre Yedlin and Jorge Villafana at fullback.The real intrigue exists in central midfield, where a plethora of options fill out the squad. Danny Williams is back with the team after a year away, and he will be battling a trio of talented youngsters for minutes: Kellyn Acosta, along with McKennie and Adams, two highly regarded prospects still in their teens.Sarachan could chose to deploy a 4-5-1 to take advantage of his midfield options, leaving Juan Agudelo, Dom Dwyer and C.J Sapong to contend for the target striker role. That may be the more prudent approach playing on the road against a Portugal squad with some dangerous attacking weapons.The friendly should provide a good opportunity for a young goalkeeper to state his case to be the new starter going forward, and Ethan Horvath looks to be the best best for that shot despite some recent struggles with Club Brugge. Horvath is the lone American goalkeeper playing regularly in a European first division, something Bill Hamid will hope to change as he joins Danish side Midtjylland this winter.Given how many new faces are in the U.S. squad, it is difficult to see there being much cohesion in the group Tuesday, but Sarachan already sounds encouraged by what he saw from the players this week in Portugal.”What makes this week so special for me personally is the fact that we’ve assembled a group of players I feel have a bright future, young players that have shown up with no bitterness in their mouth, no chip on their shoulders,” Sarachan said. “With a lot enthusiasm, and a lot of energy, and I think in the short term have created great team spirit.”