In what now seems like a lifetime ago, the sky was the limit for the LA Galaxy in January when they announced that they had signed Mexican superstar Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.
As a former marquee player for teams such as Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, and Real Madrid, the striker was expected to not only regularly find the back of the net for the Galaxy, but to also help them achieve immediate success in 2020.
Unfortunately, Hernandez still has a long way to go before truly making an impact.
Left isolated and frustrated up top in a team that has yet to fine-tune their attacking approach, the Mexican superstar has failed to score in his last five MLS games. Although one of his recent chances hit the woodwork last Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes, Hernandez was far from exciting in his 89 minutes played during the 2-1 away loss.
And with Hernandez struggling, so too have the Galaxy. Heading into their next match with four defeats in a row, the Galaxy is currently sitting at the very bottom of the Western Conference table. With only a little over a month left until the start of the playoffs, Hernandez and his squad must start making adjustments soon.
If not, one of the biggest MLS signings of the 21st century could potentially miss out on the playoffs this season…
Another strong showing from Orlando manager Oscar Pareja. Helping revive a team that many weren’t thinking twice about before the season started, Pareja and his roster are now one of the most formidable groups in the Eastern Conference.
There’s no way of overlooking it: DC United is an absolute mess. Sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table, DC United embarrassed themselves in the one-sided loss to Atlanta after making an illegal substitution. As small as the mistake was, it speaks volumes about the club that is in shambles.
After sliding down the league table for weeks, Montreal finally halted their four-game losing streak with a hard-fought draw against the Fire. That said, there is still plenty of room for improvement for the team that hasn’t clinched a win since September 13th.
New England is probably still kicking themselves for not being able to sink at least one goal in this game. After amassing 17 shots and 65% of possession, the Revolution was ultimately left scoreless against a Nashville side that was happy to sit back.
Toronto are once again showing that they can keep up with some of the very best teams in the league. Nevertheless, they might run into some problems if striker Jozy Altidore has a serious injury. In the 2nd half of the weekend’s game, the injured Altidore was substituted out.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to feel confident about the Dynamo. Once an intriguing team that recently had a six-game undefeated streak, Houston is now winless in their last six. Can they turn things around before the playoffs?
Despite some of the attacking trouble they ran into from Miami’s Gonzalo Higuain, New York City FC eventually pulled through with a strong 1st half performance. Midfielder Alexander Ring was brilliant with his three assists.
A much-needed win for Minnesota. After shuffling through a handful of defeats and draws in September, Minnesota kicked October off with a convincing 2-0 victory. Goals from Kevin Molino and Kei Kamara guided them to three necessary points.
Are Columbus more vulnerable than they appear to be? As arguably the strongest team in the Eastern Conference, the Crew haven’t looked themselves in the last couple of weeks. Columbus fans will keep their fingers crossed that the injured Darlington Nagbe will soon return to the field and help flip the script.
A near-perfect result for a Seattle squad that was unlucky to be given a penalty against them. Although clubs are still far from the playoffs, it’s not a stretch to say that the Sounders will be one of the favorites.
Is this the sign of a potential resurgence for the Earthquakes? Defined by the mercurial nature that has led them to surprise wins and one-sided losses, San Jose are now back in the playoff conversation with two wins in a row.
Another vital win for an LAFC roster that has at times looked lost without the injured 2019 MLS MVP, Carlos Vela. They still must find more consistency, but at the very least, two wins in their last three games is a promising sign. As to when Vela will eventually return to the field, that remains up in the air for now.
While the Red Bulls are coming off of a big loss, Miami has started to show some gradual signs of progress with the addition of Higuain to their roster. With more time to adjust to his new surroundings, the Argentine striker should be able to have a noteworthy game in the near future against the Red Bulls.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]More info on Cesar Hernandez
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