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Chicharito has to stop taking penalties – and not only because of his pathetic Panenka

We all saw it: Chicharito Hernández's last effort from the penalty spot was genuinely embarrassing. He had the chance to secure three points for the LA Galaxy in a very tight race for the playoffs Sunday, but instead, he decided to perform a poor, sad Panenka against SKC seconds before the final whistle.

Earlier in the game, Chicharito had been brilliant, scoring a brace. But the childish and pathetic way he approached the PK buried the good memories under shovels and shovels of blunt criticism. 

The Mexican striker didn't hide behind the bushes and after the game, he recognized he screwed up big time. 

"I am sorry, we had a clear chance to take the three points and couldn't. I take responsibility. I am sorry," he said. "Two weeks ago (vs. Vancouver Whitecaps), the Panenka worked really well, but this time it didn't."

But apologies aside, the big lesson here is that Chicharito Hernández should stop taking penalties. At least those that are decisive. It is risky to trust him, not only because of that stupid Panenka but because of his terrible history from 12 yards. 

Chicharito Hernádez penalty kick history

According to the data on, Chicharito has 29 penalty attempts throughout his entire career, with 15 scored and 14 missed — a poor 51.7% effectivity (worldwide average is 75%). In other words, he practically misses half of the penalties he takes. 

Here are the details:

  • 9/05/2022, LA Galaxy vs. SKC – MISSED
  • 8/14/2022, LA Galaxy vs. Whitecaps (Cody Cropper) – SCORED
  • 8/07/2022, SKC (John Pulskamp) vs. LA Galaxy – SCORED
  • 5/30/2022, LA Galaxy vs. FC Austin (Brad Stuver) – MISSED
  • 10/24/2021, LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas (Jimmy Maurer) – SCORED
  • 5/15/2021, LA Galaxy vs. FC Austin (Brad Stuver) – MISSED
  • 7/14/2020, LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers (Steve Clark) – MISSED
  • 12/3/2016, Bayer Leverkusen vs. Freiburg (Alexander Schwolow) – MISSED
  • 9/17/2016, Eintracht Frankfurt (Lukas Hradecky) vs. Bayer Leverkusen – MISSED
  • 2/9/2016, Bayer Leverkusen vs. Werder Bremen (Felix Wiedwald) – SCORED
  • 1/30/2016, Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hannover 96 (Ron-Robert Zieler) – SCORED
  • 10/20/2015, Bayer Leverkusen vs. Roma (Wojciech Szczesny) – SCORED
  • 9/9/2015, México vs. Argentina (Nahuel Guzmán) – SCORED
  • 8/26/2015, Club Brugge (Sinan Bolat) vs. Manchester United – MISSED
  • 10/29/2013, Manchester United vs. Norwich (Mark Bunn) – SCORED
  • 10/12/2013, México vs. Panamá (Jaime Penedo) – MISSED
  • 6/22/2013, México vs Japan (Eji Kawashima) – MISSED
  • 6/16/2013, México vs. Italy (Gianluigi Buffon) – SCORED
  • 10/13/2012, México vs. Suriname (Derrick Carter) – MISSED
  • 9/15/2012, Manchester United vs. Wigan (Ali Al-Habsi) – MISSED
  • 6/03/2012, México vs. Brasil (Rafael) – SCORED
  • 1/31/2012, Manchester United vs. Stoke City (Thomas Sörensen) – SCORED
  • 11/12/2011, México vs. Serbia (Vladimir Stojkovic) – SCORED
  • 6/06/2011, México vs. El Salvador (Miguel Montes) – SCORED
  • 2/10/2011, México vs. Kosovo (Kenan Hasagic) – MISSED
  • 2/28/2010, Chivas vs. San Luis (Adrián Martínez – MISSED
  • 11/5/2009, Chivas vs. Indios Ciudad de Juárez (Humberto Hernández) – MISSED
  • 11/1/2009, Morelia (Felipe Rodríguez) vs. Chivas – SCORED
  • 10/11/2009, Tecos (Israel Villaseñor) vs. Chivas – SCORED

By the way, repeating the same piece of information in several forms is meant to emphasize how bad he is at the task. 

And Greg Vanney, LA Galaxy's coach, should look for another player to take the responsibility. 

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