Odebrecht USA — a master at winning public contracts — has run into roadblocks in its quest to build Airport City
A plan to contain Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane crumbled quickly in a 5-0 loss to the LA Galaxy on Sunday afternoon, as did any hope of putting a dent into their cross-hall rivals playoff hopes. The Rojiblancos wilted in the heat, struggling mightily in the third leg of the SuperClasico and leaving head coach Jose Luis Guero Real questioning his teams effort for the first time. Without a doubt, this has not only been a bad performance, but we also lacked spirit, Real told reporters. Thats the part that leaves all of us coaches and players alike very discouraged. I can give you five excuses for what happened, but thats worthless. The only thing that counts here is that we played very poorly. OPTA Spotlight: Galaxy passing runs Chivas USA ragged The Goats were thoroughly overwhelmed, surrendering three goals in a span of 20 minutes in the first half. Much of the damage was done on crosses, with Gyasi Zardes repeatedly victimizing Mario de Luna from the flank to assist on two goals and score one himself. Not even the return of veteran Carlos Bocanegra (leg) to the lineup could help Chivas USA, as the Galaxy controlled possession and dissected a struggling backline that has allowed 10 goals over the last three matches. Everyone is pissed off, Bocanegra told reporters. To lose like we did is embarrassing. We have to look at ourselves and we all have to be held accountable for what happened. We have to be better. This was just unacceptable. Captain Dan Kennedy did not record any saves, while the Chivas USA attack recorded only one on-target shot, in the 82nd minute. They seemed to really get at us on the wings and get behind us on the outside, Kennedy told reporters.
For some of them, the points are what theyre chasing; theyre trying to get the most points to win their regional, to win their district, or whatever the case may be. For some, its, I get to get out on my two wheels and go out and have fun. Walking up to the track, people of all ages could be seen sitting under tents, chatting, drinking soda and tinkering with their bikes. Adams said the atmosphere is what makes BMX a very family oriented sport. In many cases, you have brothers and sisters racing, Adams said. You have moms and dads racing, and if theyre not racing, theyre part of the pit crew or part of the team helping out. Very few sports that you can participate in where the whole family can participate at one venue. Because of this, Adams said its not uncommon to see children as young as 3 years old kicking along on the track. USA BMX even has a bracket for them; the strider classification is for kids ages 3 to 5. You see that all the time, little kids that started racing with us, and next thing you know, theyre in the Olympics, Adams said. So its been pretty cool. Mara Fehd was selling shirts and hats near the USA BMX semitrailer outside of the track on Saturday afternoon. Fehd is no stranger to BMX. She said this is her 37th year in the sport.
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Because the construction company is so prolific in South Florida, many people have assumed it has local roots. But Odebrecht USA is part of a Brazilian conglomerate that has become a global force with interests that now stretch well beyond Latin America where its the largest construction and engineering company in the region. Part of the reason many people have been confused by Odebrechts origins is by design. In every place we go, we become local, said Gilberto Neves, 53, president and chief executive of Odebrecht USA. A Brazilian from Minas Gerais who has worked for Odebrecht since 1983, Neves was one of the founders of the U.S. division. We send a small group from Brazil, and then we hire locally. The companys strategy also includes subcontracting with local companies and it has shared work with more than 300 small businesses in the 23 years it has been in the United States, said company officials. While Odebrecht is known as a construction company in South Florida, the Brazilian parent company has diversified far beyond that with interests in petrochemicals, sugar, ethanol and bioenergy, power generation, water and environmental engineering, oil and gas, plastics, transportation/logistics, and defense and technology. It builds oil platforms, has developed a technique to make plastic from sugar cane, is a founding member of Brazils Green Building Council, and is a real estate developer in Brazil. From a small family firm founded in Salvador, Bahia, by Norberto Odebrecht in 1944, Odebrecht S.A. has grown into a multinational with almost 200,000 employees. It is active in 25 countries, and its investment division expects to invest $25 billion around the world over the next three years.