Javier 'Chicharito' Hernández scored one of the two goals with which the LA Galaxy beat LAFC in the famous derby of ‘El Tráfico’ on Saturday. With that goal, he accumulated five so far in the MLS campaign and moved to the top of the scoring table.
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This is how the Mexican striker is knocking on the door of Gerardo Martino and the Mexican national team, as 'Chicharito' is doing everything in his power to be considered, once again, in a national call-up.
In spite of everything, Yon de Luisa, president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, stated that the player who plays for Los Angeles is not contemplated for this year, so his chances of making it to the Qatar 2022 World Cup are almost nil.
"We have not called him up. We have been respectful of Gerardo Martino's decisions. There are reasons and I would not see him in the call-ups from now on," commented De Luisa in an interview with ESPN a few days ago.
Chicharito leads in scoring
Meanwhile, on the field, Hernandez has five goals and is the MLS scoring leader along with FC Dallas' Jesus Ferreira and FC Cincinnati striker Brandon Vazquez, who have the same number of goals.
Chicharito with better numbers than the national team's strikers
With 523 minutes played, Hernández's effectiveness is one goal every 104 minutes, which is above Raúl Jiménez, Henry Martín and Rogelio Funes Mori. Hernandez has scored more goals so far this year than any of the Tricolor's strikers.
Jiménez and Funes Mori have just three goals each, while Henry has two goals so far in 2022.
In addition, at the rate Hernandez is going, he can tie last season's 17-goal mark, because taking into account the 1,736 minutes of the 2021 season, Hernandez would reach 16.6 goals this year. If he accumulates more minutes, he could break this mark.