Galaxy star Chicharito works with 'emotional coach' to achieve his goals

Galaxy star Chicharito works with ’emotional coach’ to achieve his goals

Galaxy star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez celebrates after scoring a goal during the season opener against Inter Miami FC at DRV PNK Stadium on April 18 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Cliff Hawkins / Getty Images) Before he became Chicharito , before he played in three World Cups and before he became Mexico’s all-time leading scorer , Javier Hernández wanted to quit soccer and go back to school. So he organized a breakfast meeting with his agent and parents, during which they urged him to give the sport one more try. Twelve years later, that advice served him well. But even though he never made it back to the classroom, Hernández has continued his education. “I’m learning about myself every single day,” the Galaxy striker said. “We go through experiences, we go through situations so we can know about ourselves. From there, we learn if we can become a better version of ourselves.” If that was the syllabus, then last season was a graduate-level seminar for Hernández, who called it the toughest year of his life. In his first MLS season, he missed two months because of a calf injury, scored just twice for a team that missed the playoffs, lost his grandfather and saw his wife return to her native Australia with the couple’s two young children just before Christmas. Now that he’s coming out the other side, Hernández realizes that was all part of the learning process . “I’m so, so thankful that I went through all of that […]

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