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Mexico boss reveals Chicharito's Qatar 2022 fate

FIFA World Cup: Mexico boss Tata Martino reveals whether MLS star Chicharito will head to Qatar 2022

September 21, 2022 By Ali M.
The former Manchester United striker has been in brilliant form this season for LA Galaxy. Will he finally be offered a pathway back into El Tri's set-up?

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup being just two months away, questions as to who will make the trip to Qatar and who will not have already begun. And with an international break having just started, journalists were given the opportunity to pose this topic to national team managers, including Mexico boss Tata Martino.

In fact, when it comes to El Tri, the mystery–for the most part–centered around one player: Javier Hernandez, better known as Chicharito.

The former Manchester United striker currently plies his trade in the MLS, with LA Galaxy being his employers. While the 34-year-old isn't the top scorer in the league this term, that honor goes to Hany Mukhtar of Nashville SC with 25 goals, the former Premier League ace has enjoyed the campaign, netting an impressive 15 goals in 29 appearances (28 starts).

As a result, Tata was asked if this form could pave a way back into the national team set-up for Chicharito, who hasn't featured for the CONCACAF giants since 2019. The manager's answer was short and simple: the Dignity Health Sports Park goalscorer won't be in consideration for Qatar 2022.

"In the case of Chicharito as I've been saying all along I've decided to go to with other forwards," were the manager's words.

Those other forwards Martinez is referring to are Raul Jimenez, Rogelio Funes Mori, Henry Martin and Santiago Gimenez. Not all of these players are fit, namely Wolves ace Jimenez, but it should be noted that the latter two have scored 10 times each so far this season.

Nonetheless, it should also be noted that the 11-time Gold Cup winners faced struggles in front of goal during the CONCACAF qualifiers for this year's FIFA World Cup, netting only four times in their last five games. As a result, they finished second in the table behind first-placed Canada.

Additionally, Chicharito isn't the only Mexican sensation in the MLS set to watch Qatar 2022 from home as LAFC star Carlos Vela has ruled himself out. El Tri fans will hope this does not come back to bite them. The North American heavyweights have been placed in Group C and will battle with Argentina, Poland, and Saudi Arabia for their eighth round of 16 appearance in a row.

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