Los Angeles Galaxy (LA Galaxy) striker Javier Hernandez is the man to beat in the race to win the Golden Boot in the MLS (Major League Soccer) this season as he leads the race. Chicharito as he’s fondly called has scored ten goals in the MLS this season to lead the Golden Boot race despite playing lesser games than his top two challengers. Mexican international Javier Hernandez has scored ten goals in ten MLS games this season thus making it an average of a goal per game.

LA Galaxy striker Chicharito has played a total of 921 minutes in the MLS this season and he has one more goal than nearest challenger Raul Ruidiaz who plays for last season’s MLS Cup playoff finalists Seattle Sounders. Peruvian striker Ruidiaz has scored those nine goals in 12 games in the colours of Sounders.

Ruidiaz has been able to properly stake a claim for the MLS Golden Boot after he was surprisingly left out of the Peru squad to the Copa America tournament currently being played on Brazilian soil. Without him in the Peru squad, the team reached the semifinals before they were knocked out by host nation Peru. Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta scored the only goal of the game as defending champions Brazil beat Peru 1-0 to book their place in the final of the tournament. The Brazilians will face rivals Argentina in the final on Saturday after the two-time world champions saw off Colombia in the second semifinal on penalties after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw. Ruidiaz’ Peru will face Colombia in the losers’ final to determine who will finish the tournament in third place.

The Sporting Kansas City duo of Daniel Salloi and Alan Pulido follow Chicharito and Ruidiaz in the Golden Boot race. Salloi has seven goals in 13 games, while Pulido has six goals in 11 games. Javier Hernandez is the man to beat for the MLS Golden Boot as the Mexican international has the best goal ratio amongst the contenders.