Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez took the blame for LA Galaxy’s 2-1 loss against Portland Timbers on Monday night despite managing to score a goal. Speaking with reporters after the game, Chicharito said that he should have done more and use his other chances better.
Galaxy had an opportunity to get in front early in the game, being awarded a penalty in the 12′ minute. Hernandez decided to take the responsibility, but his shot was saved by Timbers’ goalie Steve Clark.
The 32-year-old Mexican striker then had several other great chances, but couldn’t find the net before 88′ minute. Cristian Pavon got free in the penalty box after a great run from Gordon Wild, dishing the ball to Hernandez for his first career MLS goal.
By then, it was already too late for Galaxy as Timbers had 2-0 lead thanks to Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco.
“As a striker, we all know that sometimes that happens,” said Hernandez. “You can have ten chances and miss nine and score one, or there are some games you have one and you score it.”
“I told the lads that this one was on me,” he added.
Chicharito will have a chance to redeem himself on Saturday when Galaxy faces their cross-town rivals LAFC. LAFC previously managed to get a 3-3 draw against Houston Dynamo on Monday despite being two goals behind in the first half.