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New York City FCs Stiven Mendoza is good enough to play for a top-flight club in Europe, according to his former employer. New York will be hoping the 24-year-old Colombian will be in top form when they look to overturn a 2-0 aggregate deficit to Toronto FC in their Eastern Conference semi-final second leg at Yankee Stadium, live on Sky Sports 3 on Sunday night.Mendoza, who is on a season-long loan from Brazilian side Corinthians, lit up the 2015 Indian Super League, with two goals in the last three minutes of the final, handing Chennaiyin the title with a thrilling 3-2 win over FC Goa. New York City vs Toronto FC November 6, 2016, 11:40pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass And Chennaiyin co-owner, Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan, revealed he was thwarted in his efforts to re-sign Mendoza for this season due to City boss Patrick Vieiras faith in the Colombian forward.Stiven was a game-changer for us and will always be part of the Chennaiyin family, he told Sky Sports. Chennaiyins co-owner says Mendoza is benefitting from playing with Andrea Pirlo and David Villa He was an integral part of our title-winning campaign last season and was the leagues highest goalscorer. His pace and control are very hard to defend against and we were very keen to bring him back to Chennaiyin this season.But Patrick Vieira was very keen to hold on to him because he needed him and Stiven is having a great season and has scored some important goals. Frank Lampard has 12 goals in 15 starts this season Hes a very talented young footballer and to have team-mates like Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard and David Villa - for a 23-year-old like him - is absolutely brilliant. I dont think the day is very far away when he is playing for a top-flight club in Europe.Chennaiyin, managed by World Cup winner Marco Materazzi, were crowned ISL champions against all odds last season, rising from bottom after eight matches to qualify for the end-of-season semi-finals. 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They ring as true now as they did when Mularkey heard them the first time playing tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame coach 25 years ago.HOUSTON -- Texans coach Gary Kubiak is sticking with Case Keenum as his starter despite pulling the quarterback late in Houstons latest loss. Keenum will start on Sunday as the Texans try to snap a franchise-record eight-game skid at home against Jacksonville on Sunday. "Ive got total confidence in him," Kubiak said. But on Sunday against Oakland, he pulled Keenum for Matt Schaub late in the third quarter of a loss to the Raiders after the Texans were forced to punt on each of their first three possessions of the second half. Schaub struggled early this season and hadnt played since Oct. 13, after he was benched following an injury. Keenum, an undrafted free agent who spent last year on the practice squad, has thrown for 992 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception in four starts. Kubiak isnt worried that yanking Keenum from the game will affect his confidence. "No. Actually, I think I was really thinking of him to be honest with you," he said. "Ive been in this league a long time and dealt with a lot of quarterbacks. Im trying to develop one right now. Right or wrong, I made that decision because of the situation I thought I was fixing to put a young player in ... thats why I do what I did. He knows that. I talked to him about that." Keenum didnt seem worried about the move on Monday. "He told me the reasons it happened and its not a big deal," Keenum said. Kubiak said he decided to bring in the veteran Schaub because he thought he would be more equipped to handle the way he planned to call the game in the fourth quarter and he doesnt regret the decision. "Yeah, Id do it again because of why I did it," Kubiak said.dddddddddddd "Was it the right (decision)? Yeah, because I think at that time, thats what I wanted to do as a coach. I knew what I was fixing to do calling the game and I didnt want to put a young guy in a bad situation ... so I made that decision to go with Matt." Kubiak said he spoke with both quarterbacks on Monday and explained his decision-making to them. Schaub, the 32-year-old who has started for the Texans since 2007, was understandably unhappy with Keenum keeping the starting job. "Matt is the same every day," Kubiak said. "He wants to play. He wants to get back out there and play on a regular basis. Thats been no difference from that standpoint. It just would have been nice if we could have finished the deal yesterday." Sunday was Kubiaks first game back after missing a game recovering from a mini-stroke. He coached from the booth on advice from his doctors, and didnt like it at all. He said on Monday that he isnt sure if theyll force him to coach from there again this week. Along with dealing with his health issues, Kubiak is also fielding questions about his job security after the Texans were expected to contend for a Super Bowl, but instead have devolved into one of the AFCs most disappointing teams. "I could feel a lot better. I know that," he said. "Im just one of many people. Every player, every coach, it has been very difficult. Its tough on the organization, everybody, our fans. I feel a lot like everybody else, but Im the guy that has got to get in there and figure out a way for us to work through it and thats what Im trying to do." ' ' '

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