The soccer news starts with the official announcement that USMNT forward Timothy Weah will join Celtic on loan for the rest of the Scottish Premier League season. Celtic is currently in 1st-place in the SPL table, tied on points with Rangers with a game in hand. Weah leaves PSG after spending the first-half of the season trying to break into PSG's group of elite forwards. PSG rewarded his effort with a new contract, signing him through the 2020-21 season.
"It’s a fantastic honour to sign for such a historic club, and I’m really looking forward to this opportunity," Weah told Celtic's official site. I’m also delighted to be working with such a great coach and great team-mates, and I’m looking forward so much to be playing in front of some of the best and most passionate fans on the planet. I’m so happy and so excited.”
The Scottish Premier League was once regularly associated with USMNT players, especially Celtic's Old Firm rivals Rangers. More recently, Emerson Hyndman spent time on loan from Bournemouth to Rangers last season and Hibernian this season. Perry Kitchen played for Hearts in 2016-17 before eventually returning to MLS with the LA Galaxy.
With Celtic dominating the league as Rangers worked its way back up the professional ranks following their financial issues, it's the rest of the SPL that has struggled to keep up. Scotland is 20th in the UEFA league coefficient with Celtic 44th in the club table. They advanced to the round of 32 in this season's Europa League, playing Valencia on February 14 and 21.
The games continue during the Bundesliga winter break, though relocated to training sites in other parts of the world. Christian Pulisic played the first-half in Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 win over Alfredo Morales's Fortuna Dusseldorf. Morales subbed on for the second-half. Kevin Stoger put Fortuna up in the 15th. Maxi Philipp equalized for Dortmund in the 31st, scoring again in the 34th. Fortuna's Marcin Kaminski equalized in the 66th. Marcel Schmelzer scored Dortmund's winner in the 90th minute. Both teams substituted all of their players at halftime.
Fabian Johnson played the first-half in Gladbach's 2-1 loss to Magdeburg with both teams changing their lineups at halftime. Denis Zakaria scored for Gladbach with Magdeburg staging a two-goal comeback.
The NY Times' Rory Smith and Tariq Panja make the case for the FA Cup. The Guardian's Richard Williams on Premier League clubs charging for kids to accompany players during the opening lineups.
AP's Greg Beacham reports from the opening day of USMNT January camp in Chula Vista. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy with Michael Bradley talking USMNT camp and his future. The LA Times' Kevin Baxter on USMNT Gregg Berhalter's approach to January camp. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Mark Zeigler also reports from Chula Vista on what Berhalter is already doing.
Goal.com's Jon Arnold with what Tata Martino will face with Mexico. The Athletic's Cesar Hernandez on the problems for any coach taking the Mexico job. The Guardian makes a list from the Third Round of the FA Cup.
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