The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) ended its regular season with plenty of history to be made. A win and they would set an all-time record for points breaking the total that New York Red Bulls set last season.
Captain Carlos Vela needed just one more goal to get 32 on the season and break the all-time single-season record set by Josef Martinez of Atlanta United last year.
LAFC’s opponent the Colorado Rapids brought a bit of history as it would be the final professional game for goalkeeper and national team hero Tim Howard.
Vela didn’t disappoint scoring a hat trick and upping the MLS record to 34 goals leading LAFC to a 3-1 win and securing the new single-season points record 72 for a team.
As it had been all season Vela put the team on his back with his talent and sublime touch, before they knew it the Rapids were out of the game and LAFC was closing out the season as they started, celebrating with their supporters.
Vela started the scoring in the 27th minute, taking the ball on his magic left foot and stunning the Rapids by hitting the top corner of the net from about 25-yards out.
The goal was the record-breaker separating him from Josef Martinez’s total from 2018.
Vela wasted no time getting the second goal and this time he provided some magic. In the 31st minute, Brian Rodriguez caught up to a ball in the Rapids goal and headed towards the middle, with his back to the goal Vela got on his bicycle and kicked the ball past Howard for a 2-0 lead.
The last goal was after halftime and it was emblematic of the kind of team offense that has been on display all season for LAFC.
A pass to defender Tristan Blackmon created a breakaway with Vela in the middle and the pair connected with Vela tapping in his third goal.
The goal tied a record for team goals on the season with 85, the same as the LA Galaxy from 1998.
There was no more scoring from either team and LAFC had their record-winning point total. With their record-breaking year and first trophy, LAFC will now try to win three more games at home to lift the MLS Cup.
With Vela healthy and a team mindset that there is still more to do, LAFC and their supporters have a lot to look forward to moving forward.
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