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Tata Martino praises La Galaxy and Mexican players in MLS

Lizzy Becherano
Tata Martino, current Seleccion Mexicana manager and former MLS head coach comments on the success of LA Galaxy and Mexicans playing in MLS
Tata Martino, current Seleccion Mexicana manager and former MLS head coach comments on the success of LA Galaxy and Mexicans playing in MLS / Christian Hofer/Getty Images
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Former MLS manager Tata Martino has praised LA Galaxy and the Mexican international players for their fantastic performances during week 5 of MLS. 

Martino is no stranger to these players or the league. Tata Martino joined Atlanta United FC as head coach in 2017 and led the team to the MLS Cup during his second season. Amid all the success, Martino departed MLS to join the Mexican national team. 

Gerardo Martino
2018 MLS Cup - Tata Martino moments after winning the MLS cup with Atlanta United during their second season / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

He remains the manager of the Mexican national team after signing on in March of 2019, and taking charge of 23 matches since. Martino has worked closely with Alan Pulido and Jonathan Dos Santos especially, making them two key players in his side.

At the start of his career with Mexico, Martino tried calling up Chicharito to the team for a couple of friendlies before their performance levels dipped. Despite the lack of an extensive work relationship, Tata Martino recently applauded Chicharito for his phenomenal comeback this season. 

Javier Hernandez - Soccer Player, Gerardo Martino, Guillermo Ochoa
Tata Martino with Chicharito and Memo Ochoa during a training session for the Mexican national team / Omar Vega/Getty Images

“Javier Hernadez’s start to this season has been so good, like the team’s, but obviously within that his goals have allowed him to stand out among the rest.” 

With a couple Seleccion Mexicana friendlies coming up, Martino went on to explain why the LA Galaxy forward would not be considered despite his recent improvements.

“We chose four central forwards and Chicharito is not included at this time, that doesn’t mean, however, that in another moment we won’t call him up.”

Though Chicharito might miss out, Martino included Jonathan Dos Santos, Efrain Alvarez and Alan Pulido in the list of MLS players ready to feature for their country. He also continued to praise his players, adding that LA Galaxy could not possibly thrive without the help of Dos Santos and Alvarez. 

“The great start was also possible with the help of Jonathan Dos Santos and of course Efrain Alvarez who shines when given the minutes to play.”

He topped off the conference by giving recognition to Alan Pulido for his creative abilities and involvement in Sporting Kansas FC's offense.


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