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Major Link Soccer: Mexico hires Tata Martino as manager

Martino to El Tri, Weah to Celtic, and Yedlin wants you to come to England

Mexico National Team Unveils New Coach Gerardo Martino Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Seattle

Sigi Schmid: Greatest coach in US Open Cup history, dies at 65 | TheCup.us - Full Coverage of US Open Cup Soccer
Schmid passed away on Christmas Day, leaving behind a legacy not only of success on the field, but as an elite level scout who had an exceptional eye for talent.

Win a trip to England to Meet DeAndre Yedlin plus VIP tickets to Newcastle United v Liverpool FC | Created by DeAndre Yedlin

MLS

Reports: MNUFC “Likely” To Sign Ozzie Alonso - E Pluribus Loonum
Multiple outlets report that the former Sounder is set to grace Allianz Field in 2019

Minnesota United ‘likely’ to sign veteran midfielder Ozzie Alonso – Twin Cities

Union Academy grad signs with team in Faroe Islands - Brotherly Game
Darius Lewis spent three seasons in the Philadelphia Union Academy

Stejskal: NYCFC finalizing loan deal to nab Keaton Parks from Benfica | MLSsoccer.com

USA

Alderman expected to reject 20,000-seat soccer stadium proposal on North Side - Chicago Tribune
A planned 20,000-seat stadium for a new Chicago soccer franchise owned by Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts appears to be on life support, in a setback for the planned Lincoln Yards mixed-use development on the city’s North Side.

Celtic announces loan deal for PSG, USMNT teen Weah
Might Jermain Defoe and Tim Weah define the Scottish Premiership title fight?

Timothy Weah joins Celtic on loan from Paris Saint-Germain | CelticFC | First Team News
CELTIC are delighted to announce that Timothy Weah has joined the club on a six-month loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain.

World

Jimenez, Neves lead Wolves past Liverpool in FA Cup (video) – ProSoccerTalk
Liverpool started the match with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino on the bench.

Mexico appoint ex-Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino to replace Juan Carlos Osorio - FMF State Of Mind
Gerardo "Tata" Martino is unveiled as Mexico National Team coach.

Italy minister: Referee right to continue match after Koulibaly racist abuse
Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini says the referee was right not to suspend a match in which monkey chants were aimed at Kalidou Koulibaly.

Tottenham Ladies player Renee Hector says opponent racially abused her
Renee Hector wrote on Twitter that an opposition player had directed monkey noises at her during a match against Sheffield United.

Real Madrid captain Ramos calls for 'straight talking' meeting after Real Sociedad defeat
Real Madrid's loss to Real Sociedad leaves them fifth in the table and with just a point during their winter break period.

Ex-Atlanta United boss Gerardo 'Tata' Martino named Mexico manager
The deal ends several months' worth of speculation that Martino would take over at Mexico following the conclusion of the MLS season.

Arsenal star Ramsey planning to stay at Emirates until summer - sources
Aaron Ramsey is prepared to stay at Arsenal until his contract runs out at the end of the season and resist any offers of a move during in January.

FA Cup: Arsenal to host Manchester United – ProSoccerTalk
Burnley will visit Manchester City, while Chelsea hosts the winner of Sheffield Wednesday v. Luton Town.

Culture

New Overwatch story confirms Soldier: 76 is queer - Polygon
In a new Overwatch short story titled "Bastet," Blizzard Entertainment sheds light on Soldier: 76’s (aka Jack Morrison) romantic past with an old boyfriend. He’s officially the second queer character that we know of in the Overwatch universe.

Dave Bautista Lands ‘Dune;’ Reunites With Denis Villenueve On Legendary Epic – Deadline
Dave Bautista Lands 'Dune;' Reunites With Denis Villenueve On Legendary Epic