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LA Galaxy’s Chicharito: “state of mind and emotions are the problem”

The Mexican striker spoke about the tough situation that the team is going through ahead of the US Open Cup duel against LAFC.

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández será operado en dos semanas de su rodilla
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Los Angeles Galaxy currently holds the unfortunate title of being the weakest team in Major League Soccer this season, having only managed to secure nine points from 13 games. Their record stands at two victories, three draws, and eight losses. Remarkably, this team, which boasts the most championship titles in MLS history, has recently suffered consecutive defeats in away matches against Columbus (2-0) and DC United (3-0).

Although the Galaxy is experiencing a challenging period, they must swiftly turn the page as they prepare for the upcoming clash against Los Angeles FC in the US Open Cup. This highly anticipated encounter, known as ‘El Tráfico’, will take place on Tuesday at BMO Stadium and is a knockout match. Despite their current predicament, Javier Hernández remains optimistic, believing that a triumph in this match can help them reverse their current situation.

Chicharito talks about Galaxy change in mentality

“We have a great opportunity tomorrow to qualify in this competition and then think about Saturday’s game against Charlotte,” said the team captain. “These have been very difficult times, but we are navigating and accepting reality. But we trust ourselves and unity is what will make the difference. I believe in this team and I believe in this organisation.

“We hope we can reverse the situation with good performances like last year with good results and then think about the playoffs,” he added. “It’s not about working hard, because that’s what we always do. I think the state of mind and emotions are the problem because if you don’t trust yourself, if you don’t keep working hard when things aren’t going well it’s very easy to give up.

This organisation will not give up and I hope we have a good result tomorrow and also on Saturday. Then we have an away game against Real Salt Lake so we have a good chance at ‘El Tráfico’ tomorrow in a good competition and hopefully we can move on.”