Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez calls Real Madrid “best team in the world”

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Javier Hernandez still belongs to Manchester United but the Mexican international striker seems to be falling in love with his current team.

Chicharito is on a season long loan at reigning European champions Real Madrid and despite spending plenty of time on the bench, the very reason why he left United in the first place, the 26-year-old is delighted to be playing for what he calls “the best team in the world.”

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The predatory forward has score three time in his last two games for Real, including a late winner in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash against crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, and he had the following to say about having a future with the Spanish giants.

“I am a Madrid player,” Hernandez said. “I’m not sure if that’ll be for a long time so I want to make the most of the minutes I am with the best team in the world.”

Well, I’m pretty sure a lot of people at Manchester United won’t like to hear those kind of comments as Chicharito seems to be resigned to the fact that his future lies away from Old Trafford.

Earlier this week United’s manager Louis van Gaal suggested nothing has changed over his feelings about the Mexican forward, as he told Chicharito he was surplus to requirements and wouldn’t get regular minutes at United.

“Chicharito’s future? I have sent him away already,” van Gaal said. “When you score a goal – as he has just done for Real Madrid – are you suddenly different? I don’t think so. I said the same as I said to Welbeck: ‘You are again a substitute and I don’t think that is good for you.'”

So, what now for Chicharito? Clubs such as Arsenal, Southampton and Liverpool has been linked with a $12 million move for him this summer as Real are unlikely to buy him permanently as the only minutes he’s been able to get has been as a stand-in when either Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo are injured.

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Hernandez’s future at United seems dead and buried but should LVG be so hasty to shut the door on the El Tri star? Sure, he has suffered plenty of injuries and has seen playing time diminish over the years due to his labeling as a “super sub” but Hernandez still has a lot to offer and when you compare him to Radamel Falcao and the impact the Colombian has had at United this season as Hernandez’s replacement (four goals in 26 appearances) then surely it’s worth him coming back next season and starting a fresh?

That said, it seems like his best option is to move on and gain regular action elsewhere for a team who can guarantee him a starting spot in one of Europe’s top leagues. If he decides to do that, it means United and Real are both out of the question for Chicharito next season.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

[ FOLLOW LIVE: USMNT takes on Panama in Kansas City]

Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.


Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.

Benfica: Atletico Madrid make $143 million bid for Felix

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The legend of Joao Felix appears to have reached full market value potential.

The 19-year-old Portuguese striker is coming off a breakout year for Benfica, and now the Portuguese giants have received an impressive $143 million offer from Atletico Madrid for Felix. The club confirmed the offer in a statement on its website, stating it was analyzing the deal. Felix has a $136.5 million release clause in his contract, but it appears the additional $7 million is in processing costs.

[READ: Kroos wants to retire at Real Madrid]

Felix was outstanding at Benfica last year, scoring 15 goals with seven assists in 26 league games and three goals and one assist in five Europa League game. Felix has already made his international debut for Portugal.

If confirmed, Felix would become the fifth-most expensive transfer in world history, and the second-most expensive transfer for a teenager behind Kylian Mbappe.

AFCON: Nigeria 1st team through to round of 16 at African Cup, joined by host Egypt

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CAIRO (AP) Former champion Nigeria became the first team to reach the last 16 at the African Cup of Nations after defender Kenneth Omeruo‘s second-half goal delivered a 1-0 win over Guinea on Wednesday.

The Nigerians were unimpressive in the first half in Alexandria but lifted their game in the second. Alex Iwobi‘s rasping shot was pushed away by Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone and Ahmed Musa almost set up Odion Ighalo on a counterattack.

The former Chelsea defender Omeruo did what the forwards had not been able to do when he beat Kone with a glancing header at the near post off Moses Simon’s corner in the 73rd minute.

Nigeria, which won the title in 2013, has two wins from two games in Group B. It beat Burundi 1-0 in its first match and now needs a draw from its last fixture against Madagascar to finish top and stay in Alexandria for the last 16.

There was more good news for Nigeria when Samuel Kalu came on as a substitute near the end. The midfield player collapsed at a training session the day before the first game, suffering from dehydration, and was hospitalized.

Coach Gernot Rohr rested captain John Obi Mikel against Guinea.

Elsewhere, Egypt also confirmed a place in the knockout stages with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ahmad Elmohamady and Mohamed Salah each scored in the first half to lead the Pharoahs to victory, the hosts second-straight win in the competition.

In the other match of the day, Uganda tied Zimbabwe, 1-1.