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Three Reasons Carlos Vela will win the MLS MVP

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Carlos Vela of LAFC during the match against Seattle Sounders | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 4, 2019

Last week it was announced for the second month in a row LAFC captain Carlos Vela had been named Player of the Month in MLS.

With LAFC in first place in the league standings over the last two months it has been Vela who has been driving the engine.

If Vela continues to drive the team while putting up the same numbers there is no reason he can’t fulfill his pre-season desire to be named league MVP.

Carlos Vela (LAFC) in action against FC Cincinnati | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | April 13, 2019

These are three reasons why Vela will win the MVP:

Check the Numbers

When Vela scored LAFC’s only goal against the Seattle Sounders on April 28th he tied an MLS record scoring his 11th goal in the team’s first 10 games.

Vela’s upped his total to 12 goals this weekend and leads the league by three over the LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. What makes his total so impressive is that only one of them has been scored from the penalty spot, unlike Ibrahimovic who has four PK’s scored. That means when Vela scores it’s going to be during the run of play.

LAFC captain Carlos Vela against Sporting KC | Photo by Juan Contreras for LA Soccer Nation | March 2, 2019

Vela doesn’t just score goals, he is currently tied for first in the league with six assists. Of the teams 29 goals Vela has been involved in 18 that’s 62 percent.

He keeps them Winning

LAFC have gotten points in 11 of their 12 games played. Of those 11 games Vela has gotten a goal or a assist in eight of those.

LAFC winger Carlos Vela dribbling past Portland Timbers left-back Jorge Villafana | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | March 10, 2019

In six of the eight games LAFC has won, Vela has scored a goal, with two of them being game winning goals.

Put simply when Vela is involved, LAFC is going to go home with points.

He makes everyone better

LAFC midfielder Mark Anthony Kaye has three goals on the season, Vela has gotten an assist on every single one of them. When Diego Rossi scored a hat trick against DC United, it was Vela that started him off getting the assist on the first goal.

Vela’s leadership on the field extends to getting his teammates involved, when he’s coming down the wing he’s creating space, taking on defenders, and moving into the box. With Vela it’s not just about scoring it’s about getting everyone involved.

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