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Chicharito: 'We need to be vulnerable and humble'

By Paul Kennedy 04/19/2021, 10:45am EDT

MLS Opening Weekend ...

Sunday's Inter Miami-LA Galaxy game was supposed to be a coming out party for Inter Miami, playing before its home fans for the first time DRV PNK Stadium and under a new coach, Phil Neville, but Javier Hernandez stole the show.

Twice, Inter Miami led, and twice Chicharito equalized for the Galaxy. Then, Sacha Kljestan fired a fired a shot that sneaked inside the post to give the Galaxy a 3-2 win.

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Blown leads (MLS Week 1):
1. Inter Miami (-3 points). Led LA Galaxy 1-0 after 45+2 minutes and 2-1 after 69 minutes, lost 3-2 at home.
2. NYCFC (-3 points). Led D.C. United 1-0 after 15 minutes, lost 2-1 away.
3. NY Red Bulls (-3 points). Led Sporting KC 1-0 after 48 minutes, lost 2-1 at home.
4. Chicago (-1 point). Led New England 2-0 after 11 minutes, tied 2-2 at home.
5. FC Cincinnati (-1 point). Led Nashville SC 2-0 after 12 minutes, tied 2-2 away.

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Chicharito was on the verge of tears in his post-game interview on ABC as he described the joy of scoring the two goals, which matched his total in 2020, his first MLS season with the Galaxy.

"For him to kind of take the monkey or gorilla off his back a little bit and to move forward and this first game with a couple goals," said Greg Vanney, who was making his debut as the Galaxy coach, "I couldn't be happier for him.”

Vanney pulled all the right moves on and off the field. The Galaxy trailed, 1-0, at the half and was not putting much pressure on the Inter Miami defense until he brought on Ethan Zubak to give the Galaxy a second striker to work with Chicharito.

"In the second half," he said, "I challenged them to push the tempo, and I thought for the first few minutes there was a couple chances, but really, really things changed when we went to a second forward. And we did that for a number of reasons, but it also pulled the game forward a little bit faster."

The Galaxy struggled in 2020 under Argentine Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who was fired late in the season.

"The whole lead-up to this game just felt lighter and fun and exciting more than last year," said Kljestan. "The feeling in the group right now, the way we are with each other, the way we enjoy being around each other, the camaraderie of the group, the brotherhood all that has been really at a high level and been really fun so going into the game we felt really good."

Kljestan, who is in his 16th season as a pro and second with the Galaxy, said everyone was happy for Chicharito.

"He is our big player, he's our No. 9, he's the guy that is going to score goals for us," he said. "And also not only that he is a leader in our team, so when he speaks guys listen. When he leads by example, younger players will follow, so we have to follow Chich and we have to follow what he is doing."

Chicharito has been very open about how hard 2020 was with the loss of his grandfather, Tomas Balcazar, who scored for Mexico in the 1954 World Cup, the birth of his second child and then the decision by his wife, model Sarah Kohan, to return to her native Australia with their two young children.

"I have never faced the death of someone," he said after Sunday's game, "and that happened last year. I became a father for the second time six months ago,  so I have been through a lot of stuff because I'm a human and that doesn't mean that because I scored two goals that everything is forgotten, and that I am the greatest and stupid things like that."

Chicharito said all the work to come back was worth it.

"Even that bad year that I had helped me so much to improve," he said. "I mean, if we don't have bad moments, where is there improvement? Because then, we are going to think we are always right, we are always on point and that is not human nature. We need to improve every single day, we need to be vulnerable and humble to accept that sometimes you cannot do it and you fail sometimes and that sometimes you are not doing the correct things and that is what happened to me the last year."


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The Florida Rush Soccer Club is excited to announce the 10th Annual Champions Cup which will be held the weekend of May 22-23, 2021 in Sanford, Apopka, Winter Garden, Kissimmee, and Clermont, Florida. Specific age groups will be assigned to one of five facilities for the tournament. The Champions Cup offers three levels of competition: Gold, Silver, and Bronze for U8 through U18 boys and girls teams, plus the U9 Future Stars for U8 teams and a 11v11 division for U12 teams looking to play full-sided soccer. The Champions Cup will be played Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23, 2021. Local teams may be asked to play on Friday evening, May 21, 2021. The Champions Cup is sanctioned by FYSA and is opened to all US Soccer affiliates (US Club Soccer, USSSA, AYSO, etc.). Champions and Finalists will be awarded medals.

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•     I will encourage good sportsmanship from fellow players, coaches, officials and parents at 
all times.
•     I will remember that soccer is an opportunity to learn and have fun.
•     I deserve to play in an environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol; and expect 
everyone to refrain from their use at all soccer games.
•     I will do the best I can each day, remembering that all players have talents and weaknesses 
the same as I do.
•     I will treat my coaches, other players and coaches, game officials, other administrators, and 
fans with respect at all times; regardless of race, sex, creed, or abilities, and I will expect to 
be treated accordingly.
•     I will concentrate on playing soccer. Always giving my best effort.
•     I will play by the rules at all times.
•     I will at all times control my temper, resisting the temptation of retaliation.
•     I will always exercise self control.
•     My conduct during competition towards play of the game and all officials shall be in 
accordance with appropriate behavior and in accordance with FIFA’s “Laws of the Game,” and in 
adherence to FYSA rules.
•     While traveling, I shall conduct myself so as to bring credit to myself and my team.
•     I shall not possess, consume or distribute before, during or after any game or at any other 
time at the field and/or game complex alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription 
•     I will never use abusive or insulting language. I will treat everyone with dignity.


•     I will never place the value of winning before the safety and welfare of all players.
•     I will always show respect for players, other coaches, and game officials.
•     I will lead by example, demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship at all times.
•     I will demonstrate knowledge of the rules of the game, and teach these rules to my players.
•     I will never use abusive or insulting language. I will treat everyone with dignity.
•     I will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, regardless of the situation.
•     I will not allow the use of anabolic agents or stimulants, drugs, tobacco, or alcohol by any 
of my players.
•     I will never knowingly jeopardize the eligibility and participation of a student-athlete.
•     Youth have a greater need for example than criticism. I will be the primary soccer role 
•     I will at all times conduct myself in a positive manner.
•     Coaching is motivating players to produce their best effort, inspiring players to learn, and 
encouraging players to be winners.
•     My actions on sidelines during games shall be in the spirit of “good sportsmanship” at all 
times. Profanity, profane gestures, arguing, inciting disruptive behavior by spectators

and/or players, or any conduct not in the spirit of good sportsmanship, shall require disciplinary 
action from the affiliate.
•     I shall not possess, consume or distribute before, during or after any game or at any other 
time at the field and/or game complex alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription 
•     I will refrain from any activity or conduct that may be detrimental or reflect adversely upon 
FYSA, its members or its programs.
•     I will accurately and completely complete the coach/volunteer application form and by 
application attest to the accuracy of the information submitted.


•     I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, 
coaches, game officials, and administrators at all times.
•     I will place the emotional and physical well being of all players ahead of any personal 
desire to win.
•     I will support the coaches, officials, and administrators working with my child, in order to 
encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.
•     I will remember that the game is for the players, not for the adults.
•     I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, game officials, administrators, and fans 
with respect.
•     I will always be positive.
•     I will always allow the coach to be the only coach.
•     I will not get into arguments with the opposing team’s parents, players, or coaches.
•     I will not come onto the field for any reason during the game.
•     I will not criticize game officials.
•     I shall not possess, consume or distribute before, during or after any game or at any other 
time at the field and/or game complex alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription 
•     I will refrain from any activity or conduct that may be detrimental or reflect adversely upon 
FYSA, its members or its programs.

failure to comply may result in the suspension of your privilege to participate in FYSA sanctioned 
events, for the following periods:

1st offense -- suspension for a minimum of thirty (30) days to a maximum of five (5) years. 2nd 
offense -- suspension for a minimum of one (1) year to a maximum of ten (10) years. 3rd offense -- 
suspension for a minimum of five (5) years to a maximum of fifty (50) years.

NOTE: Any individual charged with a violation of this Code of Ethics shall be afforded due process as 
defined in FYSA’s Rule Section 600 before the implementation of any suspension.


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