MLS: Hermosillo signs deal, will play for Galaxy

Forward Carlos Hermosillo, Mexico's all-time leading international scorer, has signed a multi-year contract with Major League Soccer and has been allocated to the Los Angeles Galaxy. "We're delighted that after nearly three years of pursuit we have finally been able to acquire Carlos," MLS commissioner Doug Logan said. "[MLS deputy commissioner] Sunil [Gulati] and I have been fairly active in our pursuit of Carlos. He is a proven goal-scorer who will add a great deal of excitement throughout Major League Soccer." Hermosillo, who has 36 goals in 95 appearances with the Mexican National Team, could join the Galaxy for the club's June 7 home matchup against New England. The former Cruz Azul forward has had numerous discussions with MLS during the last three years about signing with the league, but the two parties have never come to terms. Gulati was able to finalize a contract with Hermosillo this morning in Acapulco. "When we came down here for the Mexican league draft we had no intention of signing Carlos," Gulati said via telephone from Acapulco. "We had talked to him through the years and thought he was going to play for Chivas this year. Through fortuitous circumstances, his agreement with Chivas did not work out and we were able to sign him." Like Chicago's Jorge Campos and Dallas' Damian Alvarez, Hermosillo will be loaned to a Mexican First Division team following the MLS season. Hermosillo is set to join Necaxa following the Galaxy's 1998 season. "This is a bombshell," said Galaxy GM Danny Villanueva said. "Our strategy of being patient proved to be the right one. We believe Carlos is the type of player the Galaxy has been waiting for. We're delighted that we are able to keep our commitment to Southern California soccer fans to bring top-level talent to the Galaxy." The 33-year-old Hermosillo has played in the Mexican first division for 14 years, including stints with America, Monterrey and Cruz Azul. Hermosillo, who was a surprise omission from Mexico's World Cup team, led Mexico in scoring during qualifying for France '98 with eight goals. "I am very happy about coming to Major League Soccer to play for the Galaxy," Hermosillo said via telephone from Acapulco. "I expect to join the team in a couple of weeks. I'll be working with a personal trainer to become match fit. I hope to make an impact with the Galaxy and take the team to the next level." Hermosillo, who is good friends with Campos, has followed MLS on television in Mexico and is familiar with may of the league's players who play for the U.S. national team. In addition, Hermosillo scored two goals as Cruz Azul defeated the Galaxy 5-3 in the CONCACAF Champions Cup final on August 24, 1997 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. "A lot of fans and players in Mexico watch MLS games on television," Hermosillo added. "The level of play is good and the game is a little faster than in Mexico. I am committed as a professional to make the league more popular and help promote the game in the United States. I'm ready for the challenge."
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