Despite the stormy season, Carlos Vela made the playoffs just in time. The different complications in the semester have caused a limited level of the Mexican to be seen, but at Los Angeles FC they hope to have the best version of him in the final part of the campaign.
” Carlos is getting closer and closer to his best version and that is important for our team,” said American Bob Bradley, a strategist for the Los Angeles team, at a press conference.
And it is that the Aztec striker has not replicated the great tournament he did last season, where he was awarded the MVP (best player) of Major League Soccer (MLS). In this championship, injuries have not forgiven him.The Aztec forward has not replicated his great tournament he did last season, where he was awarded the MLS MVP (Photo: Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports)
Of the 22 LAFC games, Vela only appeared in seven, four of them as a starter. In addition, he accumulated a total of 422 minutes on the field of play, where he was able to score four times and give an assist.
For this reason, for Bradley’s team, the return of the top scorer was a blessing in the last four games of the regular season, after overcoming a medial collateral ligament injury in his left knee that cost him two months off the field, as well like 12 games without seeing action.
The same strategist noted that Carlos has had a change since he arrived with the Californian club. He noted that his personality and his popularity with the fans has been an incentive to see continuity in the forward’s performances.Of the 22 LAFC games, Vela only appeared in seven, four of them as a starter (Photo: Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports)
“Since (Vela) has been with LAFC in MLS, his popularity has a lot to do with his performance on the court, his personality. When you play at a high level and conduct yourself in a way that people respect and appreciate, it is reflected in a way in t-shirt sales. It also talks about the connection we have with the fans ”, said the helmsman.
Although he was not nominated for an MLS award this season, Vela continues to lead the sale of jerseys in the United States. His competitor is his compatriot Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, who took second place.
Now that Los Angeles has reclaimed their goalscoring star they have only one goal in mind: the title. His first step will be on November 24, when he visits the defending champion, Seattle Sounders.
Seattle will be a tough test for the Angelenos, as they finished second in the Western Conference. They finished with 39 points, in addition to scoring 44 goals and receiving 23 points.Although he was not nominated for an award in MLS this season, Vela continues to lead the sale of jerseys in the United States (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez / USA TODAY Sports)
In turn, they are old acquaintances of LAFC in the final phases, since it is the third consecutive time that they are measured in the same instance. The first time was last year when the Sounders beat the California team in the Western Conference Final.
The second time was in the friendly tournament “MLS Is Back”, which marked the return of American football after the break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both teams met again in the Orlando bubble, a meeting that Los Angeles took.
The game between LAFC and Seattle Sounders will take place on November 24 at 9:30 p.m. (Central Mexico time). Carlos Vela’s team will have to attend CenturyLink Field, one of the most complicated places in MLS.