2012 Summer Olympics : Is Chicharito’s Decision To Skip Games, A Big Blow For El Tri?

By Robert D. Cobb

MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez had decided to skip the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Hernandez, a 23-year old striker for defending English Premier League champion, Manchester United, has decided to not play for the Mexican national soccer team in London in favor of resting up for the upcoming Premier League season.

Hernandez, who alongside Wayne Rooney and Danny Welback, form one of the most deadly striker corps in soccer have helped vault United into position to win it’s league-leading 20th Barclays Premier League title.

The former Guadalajara standout has scored 23 goals—including 10 for the Red Devils during the 2011-12 season—in 54 apps.

in international play, Hernandez has scored 23 goals for “El Tri” in 34 apps for the defending CONCACAF Gold Cup Champions.

Hernandez’s decision to not play for 20th ranked Mexico—whose hopes in continuing it’s rise as a international soccer power—may have taken a big blow.

While Chicharito will still play for Mexico in both World Cup qualifier matches, his decision to skip playing in London, may or may not have been directly influenced by United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson remains to be seen—but has already been felt.

With Hernandez not playing in London, it would have been a big help for Mexico to stake it’s claim as a team to watch in making some noise abroad, El Tri may have to settle for simply being the best team in North America instead.

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