Javier 'Chicharito' Hernández's two goals help Galaxy earn key win at San Jose

LA Galaxy forward Javier Hernández signals to a teammate during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the Seattle Sounders Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, in Carson, Calif. The match ended in a tie 3-3. (AP Photo/Raul Romero Jr.)
Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, pictured Aug. 19, scored two goals Saturday night as the Galaxy beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. (Raul Romero Jr. / Associated Press)

The Galaxy’s playoff hopes got a much-needed push Saturday night.

Los Angeles topped the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto thanks to two goals from Javier “Chicharito” Hernández.

The Galaxy wasted little time striking first. Hernández notched his 16th goal of the season in the 12th minute, and 30 minutes later Gastón Brugman gave the Galaxy a two-goal lead that they held at halftime.

Hernández scored the eventual winner in the 69th minute with another goal. San Jose’s Cristian Espinoza scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute, and Nathan scored in the 93rd minute.

The Galaxy (46 points) are tied with Portland for fifth in the standings, but L.A. owns the tiebreaker.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.