For his second season in Major League Soccer, Carlos Vela has set a record. The Mexican scored 34 goals, the best total ever in a regular season across the Atlantic.
He hovered over the West MLS Conference. No. We are not talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic (38 years old), and his 30 goals for the LA Galaxy, some of them being pure masterpieces. No. This eagle is Carlos Vela (30 years old). The Mexican has indeed won the Golden Boot of the MLS, with an astonishing 34 goals in 31 appearances, he beat Josef Martinez’s 2018 record of 31 goals (with Atlanta United), a record for the entire regular season.
The former Real Sociedad striker, who scored a hat-trick against Colorado Rapids (3-1) for the 34th and final day of the championship, is the first player in MLS history to score more than one goal per game (1.12 every 90 minutes). 30 with the left foot, 3 with the right foot and only one header. Some excellent stats while he tried (160 shots) and framed (71). The finest trigger of the League.
The Best Player in MLS?
But the former Arsenal Gunner, nicknamed Cracklitos in Mexico, did not just score this year. With 15 assists, he is also the third best passer of the league. Directly involved in 49 goals with the LAFC, the Mexican international (72 caps, 19 goals) beats another record of the MLS, held so far by Sebastian Giovinco (directly involved in 38 achievements with Toronto FC in 2015).
“I’ve been criticized a lot for coming here. I accept the criticism, but it does not prevent me from being the best of the championship, to put my mark and that of Mexico on the MLS. So far, that’s what I’m doing, “said the LAFC player this summer, full of confidence. Words that did not really please his rival Ibrahimovic. “I’m the best MLS player by far. How old is Carlos Vela? Where was I at his age? In Europe. That’s a big difference, “the Swede told ESPN. Both qualified for the play-offs, the two men could well meet to settle this debate in the field. We hope Inter Miami CF will get the next MLS player of the year!