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Chicharito faces uncertain future as World Cup nears

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As the World Cup gets closer day by day, Javier Hernandez is gearing up to lead Miguel Herrera’s Mexican attack on the steep climb ahead of them in Brazil.

Drawn into a tough group and coming off a near-failure in CONCACAF qualifying, Hernandez’s Mexico is limping into the World Cup.

But something outside of Brazil is still on Hernandez’s mind…his club future.  With Louis van Gaal preparing wholesale changes to the Manchester United squad, Hernandez is likely on the outside looking in.

That’s no surprise given the fact that Chicharito has been a super-sub at Old Trafford for what seems to be an eternity now (actually just four years), and yet Hernandez is still just 25 years old.

There will be no shortage of suitors for the prolific striker, but at the moment, it’s weighing on him. “My future could be decided tomorrow, a little after, inside three months, I could stay there [in Manchester], I honestly don’t know,” Hernandez told reporters in Mexico.My people are working it out,” he said. “I’m here trying to be 100-percent focused.”

It’s also disturbing the mind of Herrera, who’s somewhat fed up with how he’s been used at Manchester United in the past.

“In the case of Chicharo, I believe it’d be in his interest to leave so he is taken into consideration to play,” Herrera said at a press conference in Mexico.

Considering the places Hernandez has been linked in the media with, it’s nearly impossible to get a bead on what level he could be playing at

The “Little Pea” has been connected with places like Real Madrid, which would probably be no better than his situation at Old Trafford; West Ham and Aston Villa, which are somewhat beneath a striker of his stature; and Inter, which would likely make the most sense, although it would be a shame for the Premier League to lose him.

With so much uncertainty surrounding his future, it’s no surprise he seems somewhat stressed about the situation. It will be interesting to see if that bit of personal frustration manifests itself into something more detrimental in Brazil.

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VIDEO: Gary Cahill scores shocking own goal to give Man City lead

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Gary Cahill, sort your feet out.

As Jesus Navas’ right wing cross came into the box, Chelsea’s captain for the day got his feet all wrong. Instead of clearing the ball with his left foot, he took a swipe at a clearance with his right and the ball hooked off his right and into the far corner of his net.

1-0 to Manchester City right on half time.

A nightmare end to a promising first half for Chelsea, and for Cahill…

Click play on the video above to see the horror own goal go in.

Watch Live: Manchester City vs. Chelsea (Lineups, Live Stream)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates victory after the EFL Cup Third Round match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as two Premier League title contenders collide.

On the sidelines Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte lock horns for the first time in England and in fact, the first-ever time as opposition managers as two of the great minds in the game today.

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On the pitch Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero are joint-top goalscorers in the PL and it should be an intriguing tactical battle with Conte playing a 3-4-3 and Guardiola able to mix-and-match his formations and a gesture or whistle.

It is still early days in both of their projects but plenty of promising signs have already emerged with Chelsea currently on a seven-game winning streak which sees them sit to of the table, while Man City sit one point behind them in third place.

In team news for this clash, Guardiola starts with a very attacking lineup and three men in defense.

Chelsea bring in Cesc Fabregas for Nemanja Matic in central midfield in their only change to the lineup for their last seven games. Fabregas last played in September in the defeat at Arsenal.

LINEUPS

Manchester City: Bravo; Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Gundogan, Navas, Sane; De Bruyne, Silva, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Zabaleta, Clichy, Fernando, Toure, Iheanacho

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Aina, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi

Peru extradites ex-soccer boss to US on bribery charges

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 13: A FIFA logo next to the entrance during part I of the FIFA Council Meeting 2016 at the FIFA headquarters on October 13, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
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LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru has extradited the country’s former soccer boss to the United States for his alleged involvement in a multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and broadcasting rights.

Manuel Burga was sent to New York on a commercial flight before dawn on Friday.

He has been in jail since December 2015 as part of the investigation. Peru’s Supreme Court in June cleared the way for his extradition and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a decree authorizing the move a week ago.

Burga oversaw Peru’s football federation for more than a decade until 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing.

San Jose Earthquakes release Clarence Goodson, eight others

San Jose Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa (25) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Portland Timbers during the first half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, March 13, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.

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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.

Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.