LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored two goals, Sacha Kljestan added another and the LA Galaxy rallied to beat Inter Miami 3-2 on Sunday in the season opener for both teams.
Kljestan bent a left-footer around a defender and off the near post to break a 2-2 tie in the 81st minute. It was the 35-year-old’s first goal since 2019 for Orlando City.READ MORE: COVID-19 Outbreaks Increasing In LA County As Cases Keep Rising
Robbie Robinson, a 22-year-old in his second MLS season, scored his first career goal to give Miami a 1-0 lead in first-half stoppage time. Gonzalo Higuain ran onto a long, arcing ball by Rodolfo Pizarro from beyond midfield and tapped it to Robinson, who put away a first-timer.READ MORE: Big Push To Hire Continues As Companies Consider Incentives To Get More Workers
Chicharito, who played 12 games for the Galaxy last season, scored his first MLS goal — ripping a left-footer from the corner of the 6-yard box between the legs of goalkeeper John McCarthy — to make it 1-all in the 62nd minute. Higuain put Miami back in front when he converted from the penalty spot in the 68th, but Chicharito tapped in a rebound from point-blank range in the 72nd minute.
“Coming to this amazing new stadium against this amazing new franchise and playing the way that we played, coming back and with this weather…I think we did amazingly,” Hernandez told CBSLA after the game.MORE NEWS: KCRW Postpones July, August Summer Nights Events 'Out Of Caution' As COVID Cases Climb
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