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10 February 2020 22:22

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Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez waiting patiently to get started with the Galaxy

LOS ANGELES--- The LA Galaxy faithful showed their appreciation for new signing Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez at Saturday's Victoria Block Party, and now the Mexican striker is eager to repay their support by leading his side to another title. Thousands of Galaxy supporters flocked to Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday to get their first glance at Hernandez, the 2020 LA Galaxy squad, and the new safe-standing section: the Victoria Block. The 31-year-old was unable to participate in full training due to visa issues, which he hopes will be resolved quickly and allow him to participate in preseason training fully but drew wild cheers from the Galaxy faithful. "We're looking to bring [Galaxy fans] a lot of happiness and another trophy, that's the main thing," Hernandez said. The LA Galaxy's newest high-profile addition, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, says he is trying to remain patient as he continues to deal with a work visa delay as the regular season fast approaches.

His participation with his new Galaxy teammates has been limited since the team acquired the Mexico international from Spanish side Sevilla last month and signed him to a three-year deal on Jan. 21. "We are waiting for the visa," Chicharito told reporters as the Galaxy unveiled its new safe-standing area at Dignity Health Sports Park. Hopefully it's sooner than later [that] the visa is going to come." "I need to be patient because it's out of my hands and I don't work in that," he said. I'm going to be ready with my fitness even if I'm not training with the team." The Mexican international somewhat borrowed that phrase when discussing the wait to obtain his P1 Visa that would allow him to fully join his LA Galaxy teammates. "We are waiting for the visa," Chicharito told media at Dignity Health Sports Park Saturday at the club's 'Victoria Block Party'.

Hopefully it's sooner than later [that] the visa is going to come." Chicharito knows the clock is ticking toward the 2020 MLS regular season opener, which for the Galaxy is Feb. 29 (3:30 pm ET | Univision, Twitter, TUDN, MLS LIVE on DAZN) against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Stadium. "I need to be patient because it's out of my hands and I don't work in that," Chicharito said. I'm going to be ready with my fitness even if I'm not training with the team. CARSON – While his new teammates went through an open training session for the supporters in the main stadium at Dignity Health Sports Park, Saturday evening, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez worked on the side with members of the training staff. It was the first chance for the Galaxy fan base to get a look at Hernandez.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy has yet to incorporate Hernandez into full training as the star forward awaits completion of the visa process. During the wait, Hernandez is eager to get to work. "I need to be patient," he said of the paperwork process. A lot of people are during the best they can, so I can get it as soon as possible, hopefully I can get it tomorrow or sometime next week. "The transition has been simple … Even if I'm not training with the team, I can learn of the idea and mentality that the whole team, Guillermo (Barros Schelotto) and his staff has and we can put it to work on the pitch so we can put another star (championship) on the badge." The Galaxy is hopeful that that process comes to an end early this week.

Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said he hopes that Chicharito is in full training either Thursday or Friday. The Mexican star has had time to adjust to his new surroundings, with his family, thanks to the help from the Galaxy. "Things have been great, we know all about this lovely city and with the biggest club in MLS, they give you all the help with your needs as you try to adapt yourself as quick as possible," he said. "I'm very happy, hoping I can find a house quick and settle quicker because in two more weeks the season is going to start. We need to respect the (visa) process, all the laws and everything, so we're going to keep waiting and hopefully I think sooner than later, the visa is going to come." "We've all seen what he can do on the club level and national team level, he's a great player," Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget said.

"Starting next week, I think will be a great time and we will have plenty of time to get all together, work on what we need to work on and get the chemistry going. He's going to work hard." After working out on the field, Hernandez took part in a short Q&A with fans. "If you are working or you come here to get a better life, you know this is a city with Mexicans," he said. CARSON – While his new teammates did an open training session for fans on Saturday evening in the main stadium of the Dignity Health Sports Park, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez worked with members of the training staff at the side. It was the first opportunity for the Galaxy fan base to take a look at Hernandez. Unfortunately, the galaxy Hernandez still has to involve in full training as the star striker is waiting for the visa process to be completed. While waiting, Hernandez tries to get to work. Many people are as good as they can, so I can get it as soon as possible, hopefully I can get it tomorrow or sometime next week. "The change was easy … Even if I don't train with the team, I can learn from the idea and the mentality of the entire team, Guillermo (Barros Schelotto) and his staff, and we can use them on the field so that we have another star (Championship) can put on the badge. The galaxy hopes that this process will end earlier this week. Galaxy trainer Guillermo Barros Schelotto said he hoped Chicharito would train fully either Thursday or Friday. Thanks to the help of the galaxy, the Mexican star had time to adapt to his new surroundings with his family. "Things have been great, we know everything about this beautiful city and with the largest club in MLS they will give you all the help you need if you try to adapt as soon as possible," he said. "I am very happy and hope that I can find a house quickly and set up faster, because the season will start in two more weeks. We have to respect the (visa) procedure, all laws and everything, so we will continue to wait and I hope the visa will come sooner than later. He's a great player," said Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget. "I think it's going to be a great time next week, and we'll have plenty of time to bring everything together, work on what we need to work on, and get the chemistry going. After training on the field, Hernandez participated in a short Q&A with fans. "If you work or come here to live a better life, you know this is a city with Mexicans," he said.