On Wednesday night, LA Galaxy received Los Angeles FC on a new edition of El Tráfico, although this time, it was on the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, with a new victory for the Galaxy, this time 3-1, in a derby that they have dominated historically, as they haven’t lost against LAFC since 2020.
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The victory not only gave LA Galaxy the ticket to the quarterfinals, where they will face Sacramento Republic FC on June 21, but also marked the return of Javier “Chicharito” Hernández to the score sheet after seven games without a goal.
The Mexican striker scored five goals in the first seven games of the season, but since then, he had entered a drought that was able to break against their biggest rival, as well as a bad streak that the Galaxy had, given that they hadn’t won in the past three games.
“Chicharito” scored the second goal of the game, and his reapparition also revived the questions surrounding his return to the Mexican national team, as several reports in recent weeks have suggested that he’s been in contact with El Tri.
“Chicharito” confirmed he’s talked with Martino
After the game played in Dignity Health Sports Park, the 33-year-old Mexican striker was asked about the rumors that linked him to Mexico National Team, where he confirmed that there’s been conversations with Gerardo “Tata” Martino.
Martino left the door open for an eventual return of “Chicharito” a few weeks ago after the lack of goals that the current strikers in El Tri have showed, and Javier Hernández confirmed that there’s a possibility for him to return.
“Yes, there’s been approaches, of course.”
The LA Galaxy striker hasn’t played for the Mexican national team since September of 2019, where El Tri faced USMNT in a friendly match that the Aztec squad ended up winning with a 3-0 score. That game was also the last time that Hernández scored wearing El Tri colors.
Will he return to El Tri?
Although El Tri followers and some parts of the Mexican sports media outlets have been asking for his return, his presence in the locker room could create some friction, especially with the captains of the team, which is why Martino will have him as the last resort if Raúl Jiménez doesn’t recover his scoring streak.