Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has assured the LA Galaxy and their supporters that he will repay their faith after a disappointing first season in MLS.
Chicharito made his MLS debut in 2020, scoring just two goals in 12 matches. Unsurprisingly, the Mexico forward was deemed a disappointment after lofty expectations were placed on the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker.
The 32-year-old was hailed as a monumental signing for MLS not only due to his brilliant career in Europe’s top leagues, but because of his potential as a major marketing tool for a league in search of consolidation with a burgeoning Mexican-American fan base.
Speaking to ESPN show Ahora o Nunca on Tuesday, Hernandez said he owed a debt to the club and assured he is among his own critics.
“Yes, [I’m in debt with the Galaxy],” Hernandez told ESPN’s Herculez Gomez.
Hernandez revealed he’s in the best physical shape of his life as he gears up for the 2021 season, after missing time last year with a calf injury that forced him to miss two months of play.
“Even though I’m almost 33 years old, I would have loved to be working on my body the way I’m working on it now,” Hernandez said.
The Galaxy missed out on the MLS playoffs for a third time in four seasons, which led to Guillermo Barros Schelotto being replaced by Greg Vanney as head coach.
Meanwhile, crosstown rival LAFC has made the playoffs in all three of its seasons since joining the league in 2018. Hernandez’s former teammate at Chivas, Carlos Vela, has become that franchise’s top player, winning a Golden Boot and league MVP award as well.