May 29, 1998

Controversial Omission From Mexico World Cup Team Sings With MLS

By Brian Trusdell

NEW YORK - Mexican midfielder Carlos Hermosillo, a controversial omission from Mexico's World Cup roster, has signed with U.S. Major League Soccer and will be assigned to the Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS.

The all-time highest scoring native in Mexican first-division history with 275 goals in 457 matches, Hermosillo is MLS' biggest acquisition since the league's inaugural season when it signed Italian Roberto Donadoni, Colombian Carlos Valderrama and Mexican Jorge Campos.

The 33-year-old Hermosillo's allocation to the Galaxy will undoubtedly be controversial, with Los Angeles already owning the league's best record at 11-1. The Galaxy is scheduled to play host to this year's MLS Cup title game in the Rose Bowl.

Hermosillo, who it is hoped will be available for the Galaxy's June 7 home game against New England, came to MLS after he already had transferred from Cruz Azul to Atlante following the com-pletion of the Mexican season, but was unable to agree to contract terms.

MLS signed Hermosillo and will make him available to Mexican first-division club Necaxa during MLS' off-season, November to March, under a similar deal as Campos, who also plays for UNAM Pumas.

MLS officials say the only delay in Hermosillo playing will be his immigration and or work permits.