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NYCFC may add prolific Brazilian center forward

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New York City FC is reportedly lining up a TAM deal for Brazilian center forward Heber.

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A prolific scorer from Croatian powers HNK Rijeka, Heder has 35 goals and 14 assists in 68 matches since arriving in 2016.

The 27-year-old played in Brazil until 2015, and has since played for Armenian side Alashkert Yerevan and Croatian sides Slaven Belupo and HNK Rijeka.

Croatia has the 16th highest UEFA coefficient, ahead of Poland but below the Netherlands for comparison’s sake.

NYCFC has drawn its first three matches of the season, getting two goals from Alexander Ring, and one each from Alexandru Mitrita and Ebenezer Ofori.

On video — and remember, these are highlight reels put together by agents and fans — Heber looks like an MLS equivalent of one of his Premier League countrymen: Richarlison.

Racial incident against Man City’s Fofana ends U-21 match in Croatia

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French youngster Seko Fofana is hailed by Manchester City’s web site for his “explosive pace and an eye for long-range strikes”, but the 19-year-old was in the headlines for unfortunate reasons Tuesday afternoon.

Fofana was the target of racial abuse by a player from Croatian club HNK Rijeka, and the Citizens promptly quit the match.

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Manchester City said they’ll be pursuing action with the Croatian Football Association on the matter.

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We will insert the obligatory “This is disgusting and should never happen” statement here… but it’s sadly exhausting repeating ourselves over and over again. These sort of incidents will hopefully go away in time, but racism is alive and well-enough for some idiot player to justify saying something on a stage such as this. Gross.

Since we’d all like to get the racist taste off the page, here’s a look at Fofana winning Elite Development Squad player of the season. Check out the goal at the :45… an otherworldly long strike.