Chicharito turned down MLS offer to stay in Europe

Major League Soccer missed out on signing Mexican star Javier Hernandez, sources tell Goal USA
Major League Soccer has recently added Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, and is working on landing young U.S. national team standouts like Jozy Altidore and Mix Diskerud, but an ambitious plan to sign Javier Hernandez fell short.

Multiple sources within MLS have confirmed to Goal USA that the league approached Hernandez about a move to MLS, but the El Tri standout turned it down in order to remain in Europe. Sources also confirmed that the failed bid was the second time MLS tried to lure Chicharito to North America.

Securing the services of Hernandez would also likely have required a record-setting contract for the 26-year-old, currently on loan to Real Madrid from Manchester United.

It remains unclear which MLS teams would have been in the conversation to land Hernandez's services if he had chosen to come to MLS, but sources have identified the Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy as two possibilities.

The Galaxy have since filled their Designated Player slot vacated by Landon Donovan with Gerrard, while the Fire have since signed a pair of DPs at the forward position in Kennedy Igboananike and David Accam.

Major League Soccer has tried to secure top young Mexican stars in the past, with Giovani dos Santos having reportedly turned down a bid by MLS as recently as a year ago.