Thursday, May 13, 2021

How the Galaxy’s hot start has been fueled by more than just Chicharito’s goals

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“New era, same culture.”

That was the message Los Angeles Galaxy supporters unveiled in the stands ahead of the home-opening 3-2 win against New York Red Bulls. Four words that spoke to a fresh slate, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez brought that sentiment to life on Sunday with his first Major League Soccer hat trick.

He was greeted by a standing ovation when subbed off from the 6,853 fans that were in attendance for the first time in over 13 months. His five goals in two games have already more than doubled his output over the entire 2020 campaign, but stop asking him to reflect.

“It’s the past, we’re not going to change that,” Hernandez said.

The attention this year will revolve around Chicharito, which is to be expected. But the Galaxy are the only team in MLS to win their first two games this season, and those early results are the byproduct of something deeper than one player.

When Greg Vanney was announced as the new head coach back in January, Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese and president Chris Klein couldn’t help but rave about the hire. Vanney, a former Galaxy player, won three trophies with the club and is tied for seventh-most appearances in franchise history.

Simply put: He knows what the Galaxy are all about . . .

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