Javier `Chicharito' Hernández returns to Chivas after 14 years in Europe and US

FILE - Los Angeles Galaxy forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernández reacts during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Charlotte FC in Charlotte, N.C., March 5, 2022. Chivas Guadalajara team in Mexico announced his signing on jan. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Javier Hernández returned to his former Mexican club after 14 years playing in Europe and the United States, agreeing Wednesday to a contract with Chivas of Guadalajara.

Chicharito, now 35, played for Chivas from 2006-10 before joining Manchester United. He moved to Real Madrid in 2014-15, Bayer Leverkusen from 2015-17, West Ham from 2017-19, Sevilla in 2019-20 and the LA Galaxy from 2020-23. After 14 years away, he will wear the No. 14 he has used throughout his career.

Hernández is recovering from a torn right ACL, sustained in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against Salt Lake on June 7. His contract with the Galaxy ended last year.

Hernández had 39 goals and six assists while starting 71 of 82 games for the Galaxy.

He scored a Mexican national team record of 52 goals in 109 matches, becoming the only member of El Tri to score in three World Cups when he got goals in 2010, 2014 and 2018.