LOS ANGELES — LAFC is the highest scoring team in MLS this 2019 season, and LAFC might add fuel to that potent offense as they introduced its newest Designated Player. He is only 19 years young, Uruguayan forward Brian Rodriguez. He can accompany Carlos in this high-octane offense.
Carlos Vela’s historic pace has drawn the most attention this season, yet the Los Angeles FC forward tied a record on Sunday night that carries greater significance to him.
Carlos had a 3 point night in LAFC’s 4-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls, Vela has tied Sebastian Giovinco for the most points in an MLS season. Giovinco had a combined 38 goals and assists in 2015 with Toronto. Vela as 10 games remaining in the regular season not only break that mark, as he can add a lot to it.
The game was tied at 2 before Vela scored his MLS leading 23rd goal on a penalty kick in the 61st minute. That goal was also the 37th in his two years in Los Angeles, giving him the most goals by a Mexican player in MLS history.
LAFC was awarded the penalty when Red Bulls’ defender Rece Buckmaster fouled Eduard Atuesta in the penalty area.
Both of Vela’s assists were on free kicks. Jordan Harvey opened the scoring with his first LAFC goal in the 23rd minute on a header. Eddie Segura gave LAFC a 4-2 advantage in the 72nd minute off a Vela feed into the box. It was Vela’s 15th assist of the season.
Latif Blessing also scored in the 25th minute for LAFC, which improved to a league-best 17-3-4. They have 55 points, 10 more than East-leading Philadelphia.
The Red Bulls tied it in the first half on a Cristian Cásseres Jr. goal in the 42nd minute and a Tyler Miller own goal in stoppage time. New York (11-10-4) has lost two of its last three and remains fifth in the East with 37 points.