The wait to see Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez step on the field with his new LA Galaxy teammates is over.
The Mexican international has received his P-1 Visa and has been added to the Galaxy’s active roster.
The 31-year-old forward is now cleared to train with teammates — previously he had to work on the side — and will likely be featured in the club’s preseason friendly against Toronto FC Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Complex.
Hernandez told reporters on Saturday he was respecting the process and hoped to obtain the Visa sooner than later.
“I need to be patient because it’s out of my hands and I don’t work in that,” he said. “A lot of people are doing the best they can so I can get my visa as soon as possible. They are doing an incredible job. Hopefully I can get it tomorrow or next week or whenever. I’m going to be ready with my fitness even if I’m not training with the team. Outside [of the team] I can learn about the idea and the mentality that the whole team and Guillermo [Barros Schelotto] and his whole team has.”
Hernandez signed with the LA Galaxy on Jan. 21 after transferring from Sevilla for a reported $10 million fee.
Hernandez, who has scored more than 200 goals in over 400 appearances for club and country, has competed for Guadalajara, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham and Sevilla.
He is also Mexico’s all-time leading scorer.