LAFC announced its arrival by winning their first-ever MLS match against the Seattle Sounders on the road. A narrow 1-0 victory, scored by LA’s second Designated Player Diego Rossi, a promising 20-year-old Uruguayan, was set up brilliantly by Los Angeles Football Club’s first DP in history, Mexican international Carlos Vela.
Three games in and the duo of Vela and Rossi have got LAFC off to a hot start in their debut season. Young Rossi has scored three goals and is the current league leader in assists with four while Vela has notched three goals of his own with two assists (both to Rossi).
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Since linking up for the first goal in club history, Vela and Rossi have set the pace and tempo for LAFC this season. Their chemistry on the pitch has created quite the attacking tandem making the expansion side a must-see team week-in-and-week out. Alongside the unheralded Marco Ureña and speedy winger Latif Blessing, LAFC has nine goals and an impressive 13 assists, second-most in the league.
Rossi’s pace on the wing and creative ability draws similarities to former MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco, as the diminutive winger makes something happen once he has the ball at his feet. He’s even more dangerous off the ball as he finds crevices behind the defense to create some inviting passing lanes for his runs. The 20-year-old has already earned player of the week in back-to-back weeks and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Meanwhile, Vela irked many fans when he elected to leave Europe for MLS especially in a World Cup year. Many thought his form would drop off considerably but in actuality it seems his place on the national team has been secured as his impressive displays on the field has his team off to a great start.
Although LAFC blew a 3-0 lead against inner city rivals LA Galaxy, Vela had his team up by three goals as his brace and ball movement had Los Angeles clicking on all cylinders. Vela has shown his versatility playing in a more centralized attacking midfielder role allowing LAFC to field Rossi and Blessing as the wingers and Ureña as the striker.
Throughout his career, Vela has played as a winger on both sides as well as a forward. Taking on the role of an attacking midfielder allows the 29-year-old to see the open field and play the spaces exquisitely. With Mexico boasting a plethora of attacking options, this could be key for him to not only be on the final 23 heading to Russia but perhaps pressure Juan Carlos Osorio to perhaps put him in the starting 11.
Speaking of the World Cup, if Rossi continues to play well, could he sneak his way onto the 23-man roster with Uruguay? It’s a long shot but if his form remains at a high level, I’m sure Oscar Tabarez would take notice. Rossi is no stranger to the big stage, he scored 13 goals with 11 assists in two seasons with one of Uruguay’s biggest clubs in Peñarol plus he’s adjusting well to life in a new country and league.
Thus far, both Vela and Rossi are showing that LAFC made the right decision when they signed them to the club. The duo will be in action on Saturday as Los Angeles will travel to Atlanta to try to get their third road win of the season.
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