Greg Vanney hails impact of ‘savvy’ Chicharito in LA Galaxy draw vs Sounders

Greg Vanney has hailed the impact of Chicharito following his goalscoring return to action in the LA Galaxy’s 1-1 draw away at the Seattle Sounders on Monday.

The Mexican striker missed the 2-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City last week due to illness, but was cleared to travel to Lumen Field for the Galaxy’s key clash with Seattle.

Chicharito certainly made his presence felt, scoring an instinctive backheel to give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead inside 19 minutes – his 15th goal of the season. That was just a small part of an extremely busy night for the 33-year-old, who created two chances, won two aerial duels, and made three tackles.

It was this overall contribution and Chicharito’s ability to be a leader for the team that impressed Vanney.

“He’s a guy that can independently think on the field and read situations and recognize what’s dangerous in games when you need that,” the Galaxy head coach told reporters after Monday’s match. “When things are adapting, and the other team is moving players into different areas of the field, he was super committed to not allowing midfielders to get on the ball and face forward between lines and the work that he was doing on the defensive side to condense space and crowd them up was enormous for us.

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