January 29 US Paper Talk: Liverpool left back praises the quality of MLS

Tony Gallacher says Toronto FC spell was ‘great move’ for career; Inter Miami seek to boost Gonzalo Higuain output.

SOCCER: Liverpool left back Tony Gallacher has admitted the quality of MLS surprised him. The Scotland Under-19 defender played nine games on loan at Toronto FC before returning to Anfield and said the move was a huge benefit. "The standard was better than I expected it to be and it was a great move for my career," he said. "It's exactly what I needed - playing against men, against players that have played in Europe - so for me it was ideal." (LiverpoolFC.com)

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SOCCER: Minnesota United have acquired Finland defender Thursday Jukka Raitala. Adrian Heath's side traded the rights to 2020 SuperDraft pick Andrew Booth for 32-year-old Raitala's rights. (Minnesota Star Tribune)

SOCCER: Inter Miami are targeting a center midfielder and a left-sided attacker as they look to give striker Gonzalo Higuain the ammunition to bounce back from a disappointing debut season. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

SOCCER: Columbus Crew have signed former Heart of Midlothian midfielder Perry Kitchen from free agency. Kitchen was most recently at LA Galaxy where he made 19 appearances in 2020. (Columbus Dispatch)

SOCCER: Inter Miami owner and chairman Marcelo Claure is leading a $100million initiative to fund Miami-based startups.The fund will back companies who are in Miami or plan to move there. (Front Office Sports)

FOOTBALL: Houston Texans are bringing in Pep Hamilton as quarterbacks coach. Hamilton was previously at Los Angeles Chargers. (Various)

FOOTBALL: More than half of the NFL have already contacted Houston about the possibility of trading wantaway quarterback Deshaun Watson. (NFL Network)

Houston Texans' in-demand quarterback Deshaun Watson
Houston Texans' in-demand quarterback Deshaun Watson

BASEBALL: St Louis Cardinals are in discussions with the Colorado Rockies about a deal for five-time All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado. (The Athletic)

BASEBALL: Milwaukee Brewers' Sara Goodrum has become the first woman to lead an organization's minor-league hitting department. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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