Chicharito Hernandez to Return to LA Galaxy in 2023 After Meeting Contract Clause

Chicharito Hernandez in 2019. Photo by Stephen Wright/ProSports/Shutterstock

Expect to see Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in an LA Galaxy jersey next season as well. Chicharito confirmed his stay in MLS during a recent chat with reporters, saying that his contract automatically renewed for 2023 after he met a clause for goals and minutes.

“I have a clause,” Chicharito revealed. “And when I reach 11 goals and 60 percent of the minutes, it automatically renews.”

Chicharito easily cleared the necessary marks in 2022. He appeared in 30 matches out of the 32 that the Galaxy played this season while scoring 17 goals. The 34-year-old also added two assists to help Galaxy remain in the MLS Cup playoffs picture in Western Conference.

Javier Chicharito Hernandez joined the LA Galaxy in 2020 on a three-year deal. He was a significant capture for the team, being the all-time leading scorer for Mexico’s national team, and was expected to help the Galaxy re-establish itself as an MLS powerhouse.

Chicharito’s first season in the United States was disappointing, as injuries limited him to only 12 games and two goals. However, his second season with Galaxy proved to be much better as he scored 17 goals in only 21 games. He continued his fine form this season as well and was recently rewarded with an All-Star nod.