Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez set for Galaxy debut Saturday in preseason game – Daily News



CARSON — Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez had his first official day of training with the Galaxy.

After a prolonged process of obtaining his P-1 Visa, Hernandez, who had been doing some work away from the club on the training field, jumped in with the crew Thursday.

“It felt very good,” Hernandez said of training. “I’m very happy to be with the team.”

After missing the club’s closed-door scrimmage Monday against the New England Revolution, Hernandez could make his Galaxy debut Saturday against Toronto FC (3 p.m.; Spectrum SportsNet) at Dignity Health Sports Park.

“I’m looking forward to the beginning of the season,” the Mexican superstar said.

Hernandez has been patient throughout the visa process.

“I’m not anxious, I’m just very motivated, very happy, very excited to start doing what I love most, that is playing soccer,” he said.

The Galaxy also defeated Vancouver in a closed-door scrimmage to kick off its preseason.

Saturday will be the first opportunity for the attacking pieces to be on the field together, with Hernandez joining Aleksandar Katai, Sebastian Lletget and Cristian Pavon.

“We want to grow, we want to learn and we want to win a championship,” Hernandez said. “I always try to speak good about everyone … with me, Jona (Jonathan dos Santos), (Cristian) Pavon, the three DP players, if we want to win a championship, it doesn’t depends on us three, it depends on the whole team, like always.

“The other teams I’ve been played with, we all have that capacity to do that and then the manager will decide who is going to play. That’s true that some of us have more experience, but that doesn’t mean we have more value than others. The only thing is we have more experience, we try to prove that inside the pitch and, of course if someone is not playing as good as he can, that’s why you have substitutions.”

The Galaxy have three scheduled competitions during preseason to prepare for its Feb. 29 season opener at Houston. With Hernandez now available, Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto will be interested to see how this group starts to build chemistry on the field.

“I want to see the team play like we work during the preseason,” he said. “I want to see something more then the last two games. Even I think it is a very good moment to see if we can do what I want.”

Jonathan dos Santos sidelined

Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos will not play in Saturday’s preseason game. Schelotto said dos Santos reaggravated a groin injury suffered last season.

“I think maybe by the middle of next (week) he can train with us,” Schelotto said. “I spoke with the medical staff and they said they’re working to get him ready as soon as possible.

“We need him 100 percent. We will check in the middle of next week to see how he is. I want him for the first game against Houston.”

Saturday doubleheader

Preceding the Galaxy’s game against Toronto FC, the Colorado Rapids will face the Chicago Fire at noon at Dignity Health Sports Park.

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