LA Galaxy star ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez tears ligament in right knee

Los Angeles Galaxy's Javier "Chicharito" Hernández answers questions from the media during a press conference in Carson, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

CARSON, Calif. — LA Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has torn a ligament in his right knee.

The Galaxy confirmed the injury Friday. The Mexican star will have surgery soon, but the injury could end his season.

Hernandez tore his ACL on a noncontact play Wednesday night in the first half of the Galaxy’s loss to Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

Hernandez, who turned 35 last week, is in his fourth season with the Galaxy. He has two goals in 12 appearances this season after missing the first month of play with a hamstring injury.

Chicharito has scored 35 goals in the past two seasons combined for the Galaxy, who are off to a miserable start to this season. The team sits last in the overall MLS table at 3-9-3 while scoring just 13 goals in 15 league matches.

Hernandez began his career with Chivas in his native Guadalajara before playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham and Sevilla. He became the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer when he joined the Galaxy in 2020.

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