Carlos Vela has was named the most valuable player of Major League Soccer after his record regular-season tally of 34 goals for Los Angeles FC in 2019.
Vela received nearly 70% of the weighted vote to become the first Mexican to win the award in the history of the MLS.
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic came second after scoring 31 goals in his second MLS season. Atlanta United forward, Josef Martinez – who won the award last year – finished third.
🇲🇽 Vela’s season highlights
As well as his impressive goal tally and scoring prowess, former Arsenal and Real Sociedad man Vela also notched 15 assists during an incredible season with the Black & Golds of LAFC. Coach Bob Bradley was named as MLS coach of the year too. Unfortunately, Vela’s LAFC side fell to Seattle in the Western Conference final.
It’s Carlos Vela’s birthday today, here he is scoring one of the filthiest goals @MLS has seen in recent times🇲🇽
Sending the whole defence for hot dogs 1 by 1. Certainly sounds like the commentator is enjoying himself as well. pic.twitter.com/RXcYeFSIR1
— COPA90 (@Copa90) March 1, 2022
Now under the stewardship of Steve Cherundolo, LAFC got the new MLS campaign off to a winning start with a 3-0 success over Colorado Rapids, with Vela bagging a hat-trick!
Carlos Vela completes his hat trick with a stunner! 😱 pic.twitter.com/LzFTmEa672
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) February 26, 2022
Next up for the Los Angeles team is the visit of the Portland Timbers.