Mexico's Hernandez Signs with MLS

Published May 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Thirty-one year-old Mexican Luis Hernandez, who scored 13 goals during the Mexican season, has just signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy club in Major League Soccer, the League announced Tuesday. 

Hernandez, second in the league, tied with Carlos Hermosillo with 35 career goals for Mexico, is scheduled to make his first appearance with LA on May 20 at the Rose Bowl against three-time MLS champion DC United.  

Hernandez, who is leaving the first division Mexican team Tigres, must first pass a physical. 

"I'm very excited to be joining the Galaxy to play in Major League Soccer," Hernandez said in a release issued by MLS. "It's been a dream of mine to make it big in the United States. The time is right for me to move on and experience soccer outside of Mexico."  

The Galaxy will have to make a roster move as it currently has the limit of four international players on its roster - El Salvador's Mauricio Cienfuegos, New Zealand's Simon Elliott, Costa Rica's Roy Myers and recently acquired midfielder Haiti's Sebastien Vorbe. Galaxy also gave up midfielder Clint Mathis (to the MetroStars) and defender Joe Franchino to the Revolution) in the MLS dispersal draft.  

"Hernandez wanted to be here in Los Angeles and we are excited about the impact that this player will have on our community, our team and the sport of soccer," added Galaxy president Tim Leiweke. "We believe that we are receiving what will be one of the most important and best players ever to play in Major League Soccer" - (Agencies)  

 

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