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Loads of Premier League action, Liga MX gets huge ratings.

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Puget Sound

Top Tacoma Defiance Memories of 2019 - We R Tacoma

MLS / USL

No more excuses. Let’s go win something. New Year, New Everything for the Chicago Fire - Hot Time In Old Town

NWSL / women’s soccer

As Kerr prepares to make her Chelsea debut, the club she left behind, Perth Glory, will look on with pride but also a hopeless sense of longing. The post-Sam Kerr reality is proving a harsh one for Perth Glory | The Guardian

World soccer

The Liga MX final crushed NBA games. Ratings: NFL on CBS, UK-UL, NBA, Liga MX - Sports Media Watch

”The most spectacular transfer of the winter.” Erling Braut Haaland: How Germany reacted to Dortmund’s coup - BBC Sport

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Copa90 travelled to Berlin to discover what makes the city’s football clubs tick. Football in Berlin: the capital city with no champions and few fierce rivalries | The Guardian

Pépé strikes as Arsenal rediscover their mojo to master Manchester United | The Guardian
Mikel Arteta recorded his first win as Arsenal manager with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Mourinho calls Southampton coach ‘an idiot’ and attacks VAR power | The Guardian
José Mourinho called Southampton’s goalkeeping coach ‘an idiot’, accused the St Mary’s ballboys of being coached to waste time and said VAR officials are now the true referees.

Brighton’s superb equaliser six minutes from time earned them a 1-1 draw. Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s overhead stunner for Brighton denies Chelsea | Football | The Guardian

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has been served with a notice of complaint from the Scottish FA after an incident in Sunday’s Old Firm defeat by Rangers. Christie facing ban for allegedly grabbing at Morelos’ groin | The Guardian

From the agony of Scotland’s World Cup women in France to an anguished Emirates at a goal belatedly disallowed the introduction of VAR has caused confusion, delay and discontent The year in VAR: from World Cup guinea pigs to Premier League fury | The Guardian

The 34-year-old is expected to make his Derby bow against Barnsley on Thursday, with the club excited to unleash their not-so-secret weapon. Wayne Rooney set for Derby debut as Championship gets a new superstar | The Guardian

West Ham put four goals past Bournemouth at the London Stadium to kick off David Moyes’s second stint as manager in style. West Ham put four past Bournemouth to welcome back David Moyes in style | The Guardian

Jesus scored both goals for Manchester City as they started the new year with a 2-1 victory over Everton at the Etihad Stadium. Gabriel Jesus strikes twice to steer Manchester City past Everton | The Guardian

Ayoze Pérez, against his former club, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury gave Leicester a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle. Leicester strengthen grip on second as Maddison sparks win over Newcastle | The Guardian

A late equaliser for substitute Connor Wickham denied Norwich three points at home as Crystal Palace draw 1-1 at Carrow Road. Wickham salvages point for Crystal Palace as Norwich lose early lead again | The Guardian

Grealish scored one and created another as Aston Villa beat Burnley 2-1, though the win was tempered by an injury to goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Jack Grealish inspires Villa to victory at Burnley after latest VAR controversy | The Guardian

Gerard Deulofeu and Abdoulaye Doucouré scored before Pedro Neto struck back for Wolves as Watford won 2-1 at Vicarage Road. Deulofeu and Doucouré deliver victory for 10-man Watford over Wolves | The Guardian

West Brom’s Semi Ajayi scores at both ends as own goal gives Leeds draw | The Guardian
A top of the table clash in the Championship ended in a 1-1 draw, with Semi Ajayi giving West Brom an early lead against Leeds but then deflecting in a Patrick Bamford header.

Paul Pogba to have operation on ankle injury - BBC Sport
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba needs an operation on an ankle injury and is set to be out for “three or four weeks”, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

What’s on TV?

11:45 AM: Derby County vs. Barnsley (English Championship) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Swansea City vs. Charlton Athletic (English Championship) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Liverpool vs. Sheffield United (Premier League) — NBCSN