Jacob Greene chooses D.C. United over University of Maryland scholarship

Jacob Greene, a D.C. United academy defender who was planning to sign a letter of intent with the University of Maryland, has agreed to a homegrown contract with the MLS organization, four people familiar with the matter said Monday.

a football player on a field: Jacob Greene made 15 appearances over two years with Loudoun United, D.C.'s second-division team. (Xavier Dussaq/Loudoun United)

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Jacob Greene made 15 appearances over two years with Loudoun United, D.C.’s second-division team. (Xavier Dussaq/Loudoun United)

Greene, who will turn 18 in March, played as an amateur the past two years for D.C.’s second-division team, Loudoun United, appearing in 15 matches. When this season ended in September, he joined the first team for workouts — a clear sign he was in the club’s long-term plans.

United officials said they did not want to comment.

The Odenton, Md., native attended the D.C. academy with three other teenagers who, in the past two years, signed homegrown deals: attackers Griffin Yow and Kevin Paredes and central midfielder Moses Nyeman. Those three received first-team minutes this year.

D.C. United teenagers, with a combined age of 50, are coming into their own

Greene, who played three times for the U.S. under-16 national team, has been in United’s youth system since 2015. He is a fullback who can play on either side, adding depth to positions that were left thin by injuries this year.

Joseph Mora, on the left, and Chris Odoi-Atsem and Oniel Fisher, on the right, were the only natural players in those spots. Russell Canouse and other midfielders filled back line voids several times.

Greene unofficially committed to Maryland last year, but as his stock rose with United, the likelihood of playing NCAA soccer faded. The Terrapins are expected to announce their recruiting class in the next two weeks.

Greene will become the 15th homegrown signing in D.C. history, dating from 2009, when goalkeeper Bill Hamid joined the first team.

United has also been keeping a close eye on Jeremy Garay, a 17-year-old academy midfielder from Woodbridge, who is planning to attend the University of Virginia next year. He played for Loudoun United the past two seasons.

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Dundee United can help my Cameroon career, says Jeando Fuchs

Jeando Fuchs earned the first of his two Cameroon caps against Brazil in November 2018
Jeando Fuchs (left) earned the first of his two Cameroon caps against Brazil in November 2018

Jeando Fuchs believes his move to Dundee United can further his international career with Cameroon.

Midfielder Fuchs arrived at Tannadice on a two-year deal from La Liga side Alaves earlier this month.

The 23-year-old has represented his country twice, his debut coming against Brazil in 2018.

“If I play well here my manager in Cameroon calls me, because he needs players in the team at a good level,” Fuchs said.

“Before, I didn’t play in Spain. I have come here because the manager said he wanted to teach me, because I need to develop my football for progress, because I am a young player, I have a lot to learn.”

Prior to signing for Alaves last summer, Fuchs amassed more than 100 appearances for French side Sochaux.

He watched his new team on television during his recent 14-day isolation period in Dundee to comply with Covid-19 protocols.

And a conversation with former Hearts midfielder – and fellow Cameroon international – Arnaud Djoum backed up the midfielder’s belief that coming to United is the correct next step in his career.

“He said it is a good team, you want to develop and look forward,” Fuchs said before Saturday’s meeting with St Johnstone.

“He told me here in Scotland it is a good league for you, because you can run, you can play, you can improve, it is very good for the young players.”

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Then and now: A brief history of the United States Electoral College

From 10 states with only 60 electors total to 50 states with 538 electors, the Electoral College has come a long way in nearly two and a half centuries.

Presidential elections in the United States date back centuries, but they weren’t always as they are now. The U.S. elections have come a long way in nearly two and a half centuries. 

It’s hard to visualize that the Electoral College was initially made up of 10 states with only 60 electors total, but now it’s nearly eight times as large with 538 electors across 50 states. 

Here’s how it worked back then: Each elector received two votes. The person with the majority of votes became president and the person with the second most became vice president. 

Also, forget about political parties and massive campaigns, President George Washington was summoned to serve. Think of it as one big write-in ballot where if people saw you as a leader, you were granted the position. 

It was no contest in 1789. The Electoral College unanimously voted for President Washington. Vice President John Adams received 34 of the other votes. 

Perhaps the biggest different between then and now is the public did not get to vote. 

As late as 1816, citizens of nine states were not able to cast a ballot. It wasn’t until Nov. 4, 1845 that the U.S. held its first uniform Election Day, meaning all states voted on the same day. 

But still, not all U.S. citizens were given the right to vote until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act was passed. That was just 55 years ago. The legislation ensured all men and women age 21 and older, regardless of race, religion, or education, the right to vote without discrimination. 

A tradition continued nowadays where every U.S. citizen over the age of 18 has the privilege to cast a ballot. 

Perhaps one of the many reasons it’s important to make your voice heard in 2020. 

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COVID-19: Oxford University developing five-minute antigen test | United Kingdom

The university said it hoped to start product development in early 2021 and have an approved device available six months after.

Scientists from Britain’s University of Oxford have developed a rapid COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes, researchers said on Thursday, adding it could be used in mass testing at airports and businesses.

The university hopes to start product development in early 2021 and have an approved device six months later.

It will be able to detect the coronavirus and distinguish it from other viruses with high accuracy, the researchers said.

“Our method quickly detects intact virus particles,” said professor Achilles Kapanidis, at Oxford’s Department of Physics, adding that this meant the test would be “simple, extremely rapid, and cost-effective”.

Rapid antigen tests are seen as key in rolling out mass-testing and reopening economies while the coronavirus is still circulating.

Siemens Healthineers on Wednesday announced the launch of a rapid antigen test kit in Europe to detect coronavirus infections but warned the industry may struggle to meet a surge in demand.

Although the Oxford platform will only be ready next year, the tests could help manage the pandemic in time for next winter.

Hopes for a rapid vaccine rollout recently suffered a setback as US pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly said on Tuesday it had suspended the phase three trial of its antibody treatment over an unspecified incident, the second in less than 24 hours after Johnson & Johnson ran into a similar problem.

Health officials have warned the world will need to live with the novel coronavirus even if a vaccine is developed.

“A significant concern for the upcoming winter months is the unpredictable effects of co-circulation of SARS-CoV-2 with other seasonal respiratory viruses,” said Dr Nicole Robb, of Warwick Medical School.

“We have shown that our assay (test) can reliably distinguish between different viruses in clinical samples, a development that offers a crucial advantage in the next phase of the pandemic,” added Robb, who is working on the Oxford University device.

The virus is still spreading worldwide, with more than one million deaths and 37 million infections. Many nations that suppressed their first outbreaks now face a second wave.

This week, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions to control the surge in infections, with bars and pubs closing in the worst-hit parts of England.

In the United Kingdom, Labour opposition leader Keir Starmer called for a two-to-three-week “circuit break” lockdown to slow the rates.

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