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Javier Hernandez will play for LA Galaxy next season after goals, minutes trigger extension

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez said Thursday he will be back with the LA Galaxy next season after meeting a goals and minutes clause in his contract.

Chicharito revealed the news when asked about his future during a media availability session with reporters.

"I have a clause," Chicharito said. "And when I reach 11 goals and 60 percent of the minutes, it automatically renews."

Chicharito, 34, has scored 17 goals and played 2,446 minutes so far this season, easily satisfying the criteria. He has seen action in 30 matches (29 starts).

This is the second straight season in which Hernandez has scored 17 goals. He initially signed a three-year deal with the club prior to the 2020 season.

The Galaxy (46 points) are tied for fifth place in the Western Conference with two games remaining. They host eighth-place Real Salt Lake (43 points) on Saturday night.

Only the top seven teams make the Western Conference playoff field.

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