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LA Galaxy GM says Chicharito will participate in Orlando tournament

Sounds like the superstar will be suiting up for LA.

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With the MLS Players Association coming to an agreement with MLS on Wednesday about a modified CBA and financial concessions for this year, we expect to be hearing about the league’s return to play plan in the coming days.

One of the big questions — in fact, I asked it yesterday in reporting the accord between the league and the MLSPA — was whether Chicharito will be going to the expected restart event, a centralized tournament in Orlando that will keep players in Florida for about six weeks. Chicharito’s wife is pregnant with their second child, and the couple have a young child already, and previous reports indicated the league’s proposal to have players away in Orlando for up to two months was met with resistance from the Mexican superstar, among others. And frankly, having concerns, during a pandemic and being away from one’s family, especially a pregnant partner, are valid and legitimate here.

But Kevin Baxter reported on Twitter Wednesday that LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said Chicharito will go to Orlando with the rest of the club to play, and there were no apparent indications he was going to refuse to go.

Obviously, this is secondhand information, but one would expect it’s accurate, otherwise the relationship between the club and their biggest star would probably irrevocably sour instantly.

So it would appear Chicha will be suiting up for the Galaxy in Orlando. He has yet to score for the Galaxy in two appearances, but hopefully Guillermo Barros Schelotto has a plan to get the most out of his new star player, and we can see what they can accomplish together when the games restart in the coming weeks.

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