Barco ‘wants to continue’ in Atlanta amid European links

first_imgEzequiel Barco ​has tried to put to rest rumors that he will be leaving Major League Soccer for Europe in the near future. The midfielder was a star for Argentina at the Under-20 World Cup and has been linked with the likes of Serie A side Napoli as his star continues to rise. A record signing in January of 2018, Barco failed to live up to the hype in his first season in the league, but is looking to continue his development with the MLS side moving forward.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I want to continue here in Atlanta,” he told . “I’m calm about it [the speculation],” Barco said. “I think this [Atlanta] is a great team where I can continue to grow as a player and then at the end of the year we’ll see what happens. But today my focus is here and I’m not taking it away from Atlanta.”Atlanta has already sent one star to Europe in the form of Miguel Almiron​ being sold to Newcastle. That move has opened the door for Barco to step in as a key member of the Five Stripes, who has been named as an MLS All-Star this season.  Barco, along with fellow Argentine Pity Martinez, have helped Atlanta cover for the loss of their star man, and the club sits fourth in the Eastern Conference, just five points back of the Philadelphia Union with two games in hand. Rather than being upset at not playing much in 2018, Barco says he was fine with sitting behind and learning from Almiron. “Last year of course I didn’t play much,” Barco said. “That’s because Miguel Almiron is a very important player who made a big difference in this league. In every game he was a difference-maker and he stood out a lot.”Barco has also tipped Martinez for improved performances, saying he too will need time to adjust to the style of play in MLS.  “Pity has shown that he can play in this league and in any other league,” Barco said of his new teammate. “We think he’s a very important player for our team. The truth is that it takes time to adapt, but we’re doing everything we can so that he feels comfortable on the field and really show what he did at River.”last_img read more

Boko Haram Murders 48 Fishermen

Marrakech – The Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram murdered forty-eight fishermen in northeastern Nigeria along the shores of Chad Lake on Sunday.“Dozens of Boko Haram fighters stopped fishermen on the shores of Lake Chad, who were going to the village of Doron Baga, and killed a group of forty-eight merchants who were on their way to buy the fish,” said Abu Bakr Gmendi, an official in the group.The group slaughtered half of the victims about 15 kilometers from the village, while it dumped others in the lake. The fighters did not use firearms, so as to not reveal themselves to international forces that were in charge of safety in the region.Doron Baga is located 180 kilometers north of Maiduguri, and is under control of the international peacekeeping force, which includes troops from Nigeria and neighboring countries Chad and Niger.An officer in the Nigerian army confirmed the attack, but said, “We do not have details because the area under the control of the multinational forces.”The group has previously committed several crimes, including kidnapping 276 female students from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State on the night of April 14, 2014.Edited by Timothy Filla read more