Gonzalo Higuaín is calling it quits at the end of the 2022 MLS season

The 34-year-old striker reached some of the biggest heights in the game over a 17-year career

Gonzalo Higuaín has announced that his illustrious career will end at the conclusion of the 2022 MLS season.

The Inter Miami striker will call time on a 17-year professional career that has seen him reach the highest levels of the game, including stops at River Plate, Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, AC Milan, and Chelsea.

Higuaín also earned 75 caps for Argentina, scoring 31 goals and playing at three World Cups including the 2014 World Cup final.

“I can now retire as I always dreamed, scoring goals and having fun playing the game,” Higuaín said at an emotional press conference on Monday.

Higuaín started the 2022 season slowly, scoring twice in his first 18 games. But the striker has roared into life for playoff-chasing Inter, scoring 12 goals in his last 14 games.

After scoring the game-winning goal in a vital 1-0 win at Toronto FC over the weekend, Higuaín said: “This is one of the happiest times of my career. I am enjoying playing so much right now.”

Inter Miami currently holds the seventh and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with two matches to go.

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Josef Martínez defies gravity for Atlanta United with spectacular bicycle kick goal

Josef served up a reminder of what he’s capable of

Josef Martínez, in possibly his final days with Atlanta United, just reminded everyone what he’s capable of.

With Atlanta trailing a must-win game against the New England Revolution, Martínez produced a goal-of-the-year frontrunner, leaping up to smash a bicycle kick past goalkeeper Djordje Petrović.

It’s nearly the imagined ideal of an aerial volley, with Martínez using the torque created by his turn away from goal to snap his leg towards the ball. Sometimes bicycle kicks don’t have full power, but Martínez nearly tore a hole in the back of the net with this one.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, it wasn’t enough. A victory was the only way for them to stay in the playoff chase in MLS’s Eastern Conference, and Martínez’s goal pulled them even in the 81st minute. Atlanta’s hopes lasted for all of four minutes, with New England attacker Gustavo Bou putting the Revs back in front with the eventual game-winner.

The goal comes at an inflection point for Atlanta and their one true club icon. Martínez has put up 10 goals and four assists in 2022, which is a solid (if not superstar Designated Player-level) return on an Atlanta side that hasn’t impressed at all this year.

However, there have been rumors of friction between player and club all year. Martínez tore into his teammates and the team’s overall recruitment earlier this summer, and Atlanta recently suspended him for a game after he reportedly flipped over a table full of food and had an altercation with head coach Gonzalo Pineda. During the match, reports from TUDN and The Athletic had Martínez and the club planning to meet in the offseason to discuss his future.

Watch Martínez’s spectacular goal

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En México no lo quieren, en Estados Unidos Chicharito renueva contrato con Galaxy

Chicharito compartió a través de rueda de prensa la extensión de contrato con el LA Galaxy al menos por un año más.

Mientras que en México Tata Martino se sigue reusando a llamar a Chicharito Hernández a jugar con la selección, en Estados Unidos quieren más del mexicano.

Este jueves el Chicharito compartió a través de rueda de prensa la extensión de contrato con el LA Galaxy al menos por un año más. El futbolista de Guadalajara se ganó la extensión puramente con sus buenos resultados en la cancha.

En el acuerdo de Chicharito con el Galaxy se determinó una cláusula donde el equipo de la MLS renovaría el contrato en automático al delantero en caso de que anotara 11 goles en la campaña y jugata el 60% de los minutos, ambas cosas se cumplieron. De hecho, Chicharito superó el acuerdo.

Hasta ahora, Chicharito acumula 18 tantos con el Galaxy, sumando 17 de la temporada más 1 de la US Open Cup.

Ahora el mexicano necesitará mantenerse libre de lesiones y sumando anotaciones para mantener su éxito con el equipo. Aunque ha tenido sus altibajos en Estados Unidos, Chicharito ha encontrado aquí un nuevo hogar, entre un equipo y una afición que disfruta tenerlo en casa.

Las Chivas tendrán que esperar otro rato más para que el hijo pródigo regrese a casa.

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Este jugador del Inter Miami tiene tatuado el autógrafo de Messi

“El mejor día de mi vida. Ayer cumplí un sueño. Conocí a mi ídolo, el mejor jugador de la historia”.

¿Pensaban que solo nosotros que estamos afuera de la cancha somos unos aficionados entregados? ¡Claro que no! También los futbolistas profesionales tienen a sus ídolos dentro del deporte y cuando llega la oportunidad de conocerlos se emocinan tanto, o más, que nosotros.

Ahí entra la historia de este jugador del Inter Miami de la MLS, quien aprovechó el paso de Leo Messi por las instalaciones del Inter para los partidos amistosos de Argentina en Estados Unidos para conocer a su ídolo. Pero, digamos que su pasión fue más allá de un simple apretón de manos y firma de autógrafos.

Se trata del jugador Francisco Ranieri, portero argentino de la liga menor del Inter Miami, quien se emocionó tanto con conocer a su ídolo que se tatuó de manera permanente el autógrafo de Messi en el antebrazo.

El momento lo compartió en su cuenta de Instagram, acompañado de un emotivo mensaje:

“El mejor día de mi vida. Ayer cumplí un sueño. Compartí cancha con los jugadores que admiro, con mi selección. Conocí a mi ídolo, el mejor jugador de la historia, una persona increíble dentro y fuera de la cancha, mi ejemplo a seguir (…) Leo me cumpliste un sueño y cada día que mire mi brazo recordaré la emoción que sentí al conocerte”.

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Eso es afición y no tonterías. ¿O al revés?

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LAFC, LA Galaxy will open 2023 MLS season with El Tráfico at Rose Bowl

A big stage for both teams to start 2023 off with

MLS hasn’t finished its 2022 regular season, but that’s not stopping teams from announcing 2023 season openers.

LAFC and the LA Galaxy will begin their schedule next year by taking El Tráfico to the Rose Bowl, which will host the LA rivals on Saturday, February 25.

“This rivalry has, from day one, delivered an energy and electricity that together with incredible moments and memories on the pitch, has established it among the most engaging not only in Los Angeles but across MLS,” said LAFC Co-President & CBO Larry Freedman in a team statement. “It is only fitting that we are now taking it to one of the most iconic venues in all of sports.”

“The LA Galaxy are excited to write a new chapter in the storied soccer legacy of Los Angeles as we kick off our 2023 campaign against our intercity rival LAFC at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium,” added LA Galaxy President Chris Klein in a statement from the elder club’s side of things. “We have a great history at the most legendary sports venue in the United States and know this will be a great spectacle for fans as we place one of the most exciting new rivalries in the world on LA’s biggest stage.”

Why a move to the Rose Bowl?

While various organizations that hold games there disagree on exactly how many seats are available at the Rose Bowl, that capacity is exactly why the teams would want to move. You could fit a sellout crowd from both the Banc of California Stadium and Dignity Health Sports Park into the Rose Bowl and still have plenty of tickets to sell.

The move also gives MLS a marquee match to lure fans over to their new broadcast partner, Apple TV. Typically, El Tráfico is one of the big draws for MLS, and one of the few games every year that seems to break through to the sports mainstream to any serious degree.

Given the Galaxy’s early history, when the Rose Bowl was their full-time home, it is fitting that the match will technically be a home game for the MLS original. The Galaxy played their first seven years (1996-2002) at the Rose Bowl before moving to Carson to the stadium now known as Dignity Health Sports Park.

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It’s not a great idea to call Chicharito a clown

“The best way to respond to a tifo like that is scoring two goals and celebrating like a clown”

San Jose Earthquakes fans learned a harsh lesson on Saturday night: Don’t call Javier “Chicharito” Hernández a clown.

The Quakes met the LA Galaxy in the latest edition of the Cali Clasico, and the home fans unveiled a tifo before the match that didn’t quite sit well with their opponent’s star forward.

“The LA circus — same clowns, different costumes,” read the banner, along with a picture of a pair of clowns.

Just 12 minutes into the game, Chicharito opened the scoring in front of the home fans at Stanford Stadium and celebrated, of course, like a clown.

The striker would go on to score again in the second half, reaching 17 on the season, as the Galaxy notched a crucial 3-2 victory. After the game, Hernández thanked the Quakes fans for providing him with a little extra motivation on the night.

“You know, sometimes people think that those kinds of stuff is going to put our confidence in ourselves down and they do completely the opposite. They motivate us, they motivate me at least,” he said.

“So, thank you. Thank you for the people to put that [tifo] because that brought something else from me, because now I had more desire to win and to get the three points.”

The striker added: “The best way to respond to a tifo like that is scoring two goals and celebrating like a clown.”

Watch Chicharito’s clown celebration

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Chicharito explica festejo “de payaso” en su doblete en Clásico ante SJ

Chicharito Hernández no dudó en celebrar el gol al estilo payaso para responder a los hinchas de San Jose

Javier Hernández sigue intratable con el L.A. Galaxy, el sábado convirtió un doblete ante San Jose Earthquakes y sumó 10 goles y dos asistencias en 10 encuentros consecutivos.

Chicharito convirtió sus goles 16 y 17 de la temporada ante el Earthquakes en la victoria 2-3 del Galaxy en el Clásico de California, sin embargo fue el festejo de Hernández el que desató la polémica pues lo hizo como imitando a un payaso.

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¿La razón? Para los que comenzaron a ver el partido ya iniciado, la hinchada del Earthquakes le dedicó un tifo especial al L.A. Galaxy llamando payasos no solo a ellos, también a sus vecinos el LAFC.

“El circo de LA- Mismos payasos, diferentes disfraces”, el mensaje de la hinchada del Earthquakes.

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Es por ello que al abrir el marcador con el 0-1 a favor del Galaxy, Chicharito Hernández no dudó en celebrar el gol al estilo payaso para responder a los hinchas de San Jose el mensaje de bienvenida y fue el propio delantero mexicano que al finalizar el encuentro explicó el festejo.

“La mejor manera de responder, ya sabes. A veces la gente piensa que ese tipo de cosas van a disminuir nuestra confianza en nosotros mismos pero hacen todo lo contrario. Así que gracias. Gracias por poner eso, porque eso me trajo algo más, porque ahora tenía más ganas de ganar y de sumar puntos”, declaró Chicharito Hernández.

“No depende de mi” Chicharito responde a fan por El Tri

Un dato muy curioso se presentó en este mismo duelo pues cuando Chicharito Hernández fue enviado a la banca tras marcar un doblete y recibir un cartón amarillo, un aficionado mexicano aprovechó la cercanía con el delantero para hacerle un llamado de auxilio para El Tri.

En un video que se hizo viral se observa a Hernández en la banca del Galaxy y un fan que le grita “No nos dejes morir solos” a lo que Chicharito responde “No depende de mi” en una reacción que se hizo viral rápidamente.

El Tata Martino ya dejó claro que Chicharito no es de su agrado y prefiere jugar con otros delanteros como Raúl Jiménez que se encuentra lesionado, Rogelio Funes Mori que también está lesionado y Henry Martin o Santiago Giménez que pese a ser el delantero con mejor momento en Europa podría ser el sacrificado en la lista final para Qatar 2022.

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Aaron Herrera scores from 80 yards in Real Salt Lake vs. Atlas Leagues Cup match

When you’re 75-80 yards out, why not have a go?

Aaron Herrera decided to make sure the 2022 Leagues Cup Showcase was actually worth remembering.

As Real Salt Lake hosted Liga MX champions Atlas in the latest in a series of dry runs for the 2023 start of the vastly expanded Leagues Cup, Herrera scored an absolutely astounding goal to give the home side the lead.

Seemingly around 80 yards from Atlas’ goal, Herrera received the ball during a spell of patient possession for RSL. You’ve seen this play out a million times: a defensive midfielder shuttling the ball out to the right back while an opposing side in a mid-block shifts its shape a few yards over.

Given Atlas’ shape in the moment, it’s a promising moment to move the ball forward. Maybe a forward or winger checks back, and Herrera can bypass four or five players without much stress. That’s great! Teams love to break lines, and when you can do it with no risk, it means things are going very well.

Except, Herrera — standing roughly in Nevada if our geography is right — noticed something else. Atlas goalkeeper José Hernández was holding a very high line, possibly anticipating a ball over the top for striker Danny Musovski.

With no one pressing him, Herrera stepped up and crushed the ball, pretty clearly shooting despite his position. Based on America First Field’s stated field dimensions of 120 yards x 75 yards, and the grass cut pattern appearing to be in five-yard increments, Herrera was probably around 77 or 78 yards out.

Yet, if anything it looked like Herrera nearly overcooked his effort, as the ball only barely sneaked under the crossbar to give RSL a stunning lead.

Watch Herrera’s incredible long-range goal

Otro más: Miguel Layún ve su futuro en la MLS

Ahora a esperar las invitaciones de la MLS.

Hace apenas unos años, el único futbol que representaba una oportunidad de crecimiento real era el europeo.

Aunque llegar Europa sigue siendo el sueño de todo futbolista profesional, otras ligas se han fortalecido. Un buen ejemplo es la MLS, que cada vez resuena con más fuerza y atrae a mayor talento internacional

Para los jugadores de la LigaMX también se ha convertido en una liga aspiracional. Ahí tienen a Chicharito Hernández, Carlos Vela, Héctor Herrera.

Ahora, Miguel Layún podría sumarse a la lista. Bueno, no es que un equipo lo haya invitado ya, pero el jugador del América está en su último año de contrato y ha reconocido que la MLS está en sus opciones.

“Sí, me veo jugando en la MLS, seguro. Mi contrato va a finalizar este diciembre pero ¿por qué no? La próxima temporada jugaría en la MLS, no lo sé, vamos a ver, quiero probar la MLS, para ser honestos, será interesante para mí”.

Ahora a esperar las invitaciones de la MLS.

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Chicharito is not going to the World Cup, Martino confirms

The LA Galaxy forward has been in great form in MLS, but an El Tri recall isn’t in the cards

Mexico head coach Tata Martino has ended any lingering speculation that Javier “Chicharito” Hernández could earn a shock recall ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Hernández, Mexico’s all-time top scorer, hasn’t appeared for El Tri since 2019. Though the LA Galaxy forward is having a strong season in MLS and has repeatedly stated he is open to a call-up, Martino told the media on Tuesday that he would not be calling the forward in.

“In the case of Chicharito, we are simply going with other forwards,” Martino said. “We will try to choose the 26 players who are closest to our game.”

The reason for the veteran forward’s exile isn’t completely known, though there is speculation that it could be partially down to disciplinary reasons.

While Chicharito has consistently stated his willingness to accept a call-up for Mexico, another MLS star is in the opposite camp.

Carlos Vela has not played for El Tri since the 2018 World Cup, though his strong form with LAFC has led to calls for his return.

Vela himself has already declared his time with Mexico to be over, and Martino added to that by saying the 33-year-old had previously requested not to be called in anymore.

“Roughly three years ago, Carlos Vela informed us that he did not wish to be called into the national team,” Martino said. “That hasn’t changed.”

Mexico will play Peru in a friendly on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, and against Colombia on Tuesday at Levi’s Stadium in the Bay Area.

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