‘Chicharito’ didn’t deliver for Galaxy in 2020, ready to focus on next season – Press Enterprise

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s first season with the Galaxy was hailed as a must-see event.

Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer finally landed in the U.S. to join the Galaxy, a team looking to quickly replace the goal-scoring prowess and star power of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned to Europe after two seasons in L.A.

“Scoring over 50 goals in 100-plus games for the Mexican national team, with him being on (Real) Madrid, Manchester United, he’s achieved a lot,” Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said of Hernandez back in January. “He’s a world-recognized player and he’s a guy that if you want to play offensive football, he is a dangerous guy.”

What has transpired has been anything but memorable and Hernandez is the first to acknowledge it.

“Yeah, I had a pretty bad season,” Hernandez said following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Seattle. “I even told (former coach) Guillermo (Barros Schelotto) before he left that I was sorry with him because I couldn’t give him my best.”

Hernandez scored just his second goal of the season in Wednesday’s match.

Heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Vancouver Whitecaps (3:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNet), Hernandez has played in 11 MLS games for 713 minutes.

“Like I said it in my social media, I want to take this opportunity as well and say sorry to all my fans and sorry to all the Galaxy fans and I say sorry to this lovely and the best institution of this country, that this was a bad season for me,” he said. “I didn’t give them my best, but I wanted to show at least in these last games that that’s what I can give, and I want that. I want to give that, because you deserve better, I deserve better, everyone deserves better in this club.”

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