Gustavo Ortega (@GustavoA_Ortega)
LOS ANGELES, CA - Two years after his arrival to Los Angeles Football Club, Carlos Vela has set a new standard for the Major League Soccer.
The Mexican international has become the perfect example of the kind of players this league needs to become one of the best competitions in the world.
Vela made history once again in LAFC’s 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The LAFC striker opened the scoreboard in the 64th minute and scored his 24th goal of the season to set a new MLS single-season record for most combined goals and assists with 39 (15 assists) braking Sebastian Giovinco’s record, who reached 38 with Toronto FC in 2015 (22 goals, 16 assists).
After two seasons with LAFC, Vela surpassed the record for most goals ever scored by a Mexican-born player in the MLS when he reached his 37th goal against New York Red Bulls at Banc of California Stadium on August 11th beating Erick “Cubo” Torres, who had 36 of his own.
Vela is now 8 goals away from breaking the record of most goals scored in a single-season that belongs to Josef Martinez, who scored 31 goals in total last year with Atlanta United.
With the win, LAFC (18-3-4) became the first team to qualify for the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs after securing a playoff berth with nine games remaining in their regular season.
The club sits alone in first place in the Western Conference with 58 points after 25 games played and has a 16 point lead over the second place team, Minnesota United (42).
UPCOMING GAMES FOR LAFC:
Los Angeles will play three straight home games at Banc of California Stadium. All games will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. (PST).
The Angelinos will face off first against San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, August 21. on Sunday (August 25), they will host Galaxy in the second LA Derby of the season. Lastly, Minnesota United will come into town on Sunday, September 1 to play against LAFC.