Chicharito: “With the initial whistle, Vela is a stranger to me”

LOS ANGELES — The Mexican Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez praised this Wednesday his compatriot Carlos candlebut he assured that, once the expected match between the LA Galaxy and LAFC begins on Saturday, the friendship on the field of play disappears.

“You always want to face and compete with the best players in all the leagues. Carlos is one of them and, obviously, I love him very much. But hey, when the kick-off is blown, for me he is an unknown, a most LAFC player”, Chicharito stated at a press conference.

“We are going to do it in the best way to try to counter him (Vela) because we know that it is a very powerful weapon for them,” he added.

After having faced each other in European soccer in the past, Chicharito and Vela aim to meet for the first time in MLS this Saturday in the Los Angeles derby between Galaxy and LAFC.

The Galaxy are third in the Western Conference (9 points) behind Real Salt Lake (11 points) and LAFC (13 points), which is still leading as an undefeated team this season.

The two Mexican strikers arrive at a good time since each one has four goals in the five games that have been played so far in this new MLS season.

“The game is going to be very nice and very special. We hope that the Galaxy can take all three points. We are here at home. It won’t be easy for us but it won’t be easy for them either,” Chicharito said.

The highest reference of the Galaxy admitted that there are special things that affect the derbies and pointed out that these two teams are “two institutions that want to aspire to the top.”

However, Chicharito affirmed that, deep down, this is one more soccer match of “eleven against eleven”.

The matchup between the Galaxy and LAFC will be played Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Chicharito: “With the initial whistle, Vela is a stranger to me”