Soccer notes: Man U adds Chicharito for U.S. tour
Soccer notes • Mexican star to join depleted Red Devils side for preseason matches.
Published: July 20, 2014 02:12PM
Updated: July 19, 2014 11:33PM

Manchester United has added Javier Hernandez to its roster for the team’s preseason tour of the U.S.

Relegated to a reserve role for much of last season, Chicharito will join the Red Devils before their exhibition against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the team’s first match under new manager Louis van Gaal.

Hernandez played for Mexico in the World Cup, appearing in all four of El Tri’s games and scoring against Croatia. The 26-year-old forward has 59 goals in four seasons at United.

United is missing Robin van Persie, Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj following the World Cup, and Michael Carrick is expected to be sidelined for the first two months of the season following left ankle surgery Thursday.

Manchester United also plays Roma on July 26 at Denver; Inter Milan three days later at Landover, Md.; and European champion Real Madrid on Aug. 2 at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sporting KC locks up World Cup stars Zusi, Besler

Two of the U.S. team’s breakout stars from the World Cup will keep playing at home.

Graham Zusi and Matt Besler signed long-term designated player contracts to remain with MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City, the club announced Saturday night. Both players had received interest from abroad after their strong performances in Brazil.

“Graham and Matt have both proven over the past almost six seasons that they are core players within this club,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said shortly before Saturday night’s game versus the Los Angeles Galaxy.

“They have had a tremendous impact on creating a winning culture, and these agreements keep us on the path of attaining our goals and expectations.”

Zusi appeared in all four games for the U.S. in Brazil, contributing assists in back-to-back games in the group stage against Ghana and Portugal. Besler’s sterling performance in Brazil, where he started all four games for the U.S., opened the eyes of clubs in Europe.

He confirmed interest earlier this week from English Premier League Clubs Sunderland and Fulham.