Mexico Legend Backs Carlos Vela, Dos Santos Brothers On MLS Moves

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Mexico legend Luis Hernandez believes that the likes of Carlos Vela can reach their best level ahead of the summer World Cup despite making the switch to Major League Soccer. Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos have been widely criticised since leaving the Spanish La Liga for LA Galaxy whilst Carlos Vela move to expansion franchise Los Angeles FC has also been met with muchscepticism amid fears that his form could be hampered.

In an interview with Goal.com, Hernandez does not feel it would have a damaging impact on Mexico’s World Cup preparations, and has backed the El Tri players to shine in the MLS, he said: “The criticism is always going to be there, right. The fact that these two young players went to the Galaxy, that's part of their job, part of their profession. They’ve been well received there in the United States, in the Galaxy and with LAFC, and they can play great football depending on the conditions they have.”

Hernandez made a similar switch during his career, spending three years with the Galaxy following the millennium. The MLS has since grown in stature but ‘El Matador’ believes the football in general has taken a large forward step. The 49-year-old could not attain a superstar status during his club career, but he managed to score 35 times for the national side, including two at the 1998 World Cup against South Korea, a side whom they face in the group stage once more this summer.

Mexico have found themselves ousted in the round of 16 stage of the tournament in each of the previous six editions, and El Tri will be hoping to have a better run this time around, although they have been pitted in a tough group involving holders Germany, Sweden and former foes South Korea.