Carlos Vela’s goal on Friday in Los Angeles FC’s 4-3 win over Atlanta United was his 36th in Major League Soccer, leveling him with Erick “Cubo” Torres as highest Mexican goalscorer in the history of the league.
Vela scored his only goal of the match after earning a penalty in the 42nd minute. Vela’s goal was his 22nd of the season and also gave LAFC a 3-1 lead.
“I came here looking for positive things, to have the chance to break records, to put my name and the name of my country at the very top of this league, and I think we are doing good job in that”, Vela told reporters of his accomplishment following the game.
Vela has been breaking all sorts of records this season, and most recently, he was selected captain for the 2019 MLS All-Star team for a second consecutive year.
The 30-year-old is currently the leading goalscorer in Major League Soccer and is second in assists, establishing him as the clear-cut favorite to win the MVP trophy.
“Obviously, that’s still not enough for me. I want to continue to do more and more for the team, and hopefully we can continue on this same positive path”, Vela finished.
LAFC’s win means that the Black and Gold have now won nine of the ten matches they have played at home this season and are the indisputable leaders in the race for the Supporters’ Shield with 49 points.