Mexican national team-leading scorer Javier ‘’ Chicharito’’ Hernadez is heading to the Major League Soccer (MLS) after LA Galaxy announced the acquisition of the striker from the Spanish club Sevilla.
“I’m going to be playing,” Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times, quoted in the report of ESPN, announcing his move to the Galaxy.”That’s what I want in my life. People are going to say it was because I couldn’t make it [in Europe], but sometimes in football, there are things that are not in your hands.’’
“Last two years, the managers decided on giving confidence to other players rather than me. And now, the LA Galaxy, the manager of the club and the league, are telling me: ‘Look, Javier, we want to give you all the trust, all the confidence to help us,’ and that’s why I’m taking this opportunity.”
According to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, the LA Galaxy paid Sevilla an 8.5 million Euros or 9.4 million US Dollars transfer fee to acquire the services of the 31-year old striker.
The transfer fee for Hernandez surpassed the 7 million US Dollars, the club paid for Giovanni Dos Santos transfer from Villareal to the Galaxy in 2015.
This is the second time for the last few months Hernandez move to another club after Sevilla paid West Ham United 8.7 million US Dollars in transfer fee last September 2019 and signed him a three-year contract.
Hernandez set to become the highest-paid in MLS after signing a three-year contract with the Galaxy, according to Mike DioGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times with an undisclosed amount that could higher than Zlatan Ibrahimovic paycheck in the Galaxy last season worth 7.2 million US Dollars and Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley 6.5 million US Dollars wage.
He also joined the growing list of Mexican that taking their talents to MLS with Hernandez is set to have a compatriot in Jonathan Dos Santos as a teammate in the Galaxy camp, aside from Carlos Vela (LA FC) and Alan Pulido (Sporting Kansas City) that playing in other MLS clubs.
“Jonathan [Dos Santos] told me the league is very underrated,” Hernandez added in the same article. “I really believe you don’t go there to retire.”
Hernandez will assume the role the public face of the franchise aside from being another threat in scoring, joining Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, and Ashley Cole in the same position.
The Galaxy acquisition of Hernandez is also good not only for the club but also in the league since he is well-known in US Soccer fans especially in Southern California and added spice in the ‘’El Trafico’’ rivalry against LA FC led by another Mexican in league MVP Carlos Vela.
“He is a scoring machine — he’s always there looking to score goals — and he does a really good job defending for his team,” Vela said via the Los Angeles Times in the reaction of Hernandez transfer to the Galaxy.“I think the Mexican fans would be excited.”
“We’re not going to say what we talked about,” Hernandez said in another ESPN about the rivalry and communication with Vela, his former teammate at Chivas youth club team.
Hernandez played for Guadalajara, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham United and Sevilla in his long football career. He is set to make his anticipated MLS debut against the Vancouver Whitecaps on March 7th at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.