Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Chicharito endured a difficult and injury-plagued 2020 season, Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer netting just twice after joining Galaxy.
But Chicharito is enjoying a red-hot start to the 2021 campaign, taking his tally to five goals in two matches to begin the season, having score a treble against the Red Bulls.
Not since 2010 had the Galaxy opened its season with back-to-back wins, but that changed at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Chicharito opened the scoring in the ninth minute, pouncing on a deflected shot for an easy tap in for Galaxy before the Red Bulls equalised via Andrew Gutman 17 minutes later.
However, Chicharito restored his side's advantage with a cool finish past Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel four minutes prior to half-time.
Chicharito completed his hat-trick on the hour-mark when he acrobatically put the ball into the back of the net at the back post, while Cristian Casseres Jr. set up a tense finale three minutes later.
Galaxy tops the Western Conference with two wins from two games, while the Red Bulls remain winless at the foot of the Eastern Conference standings.