Los Angeles Football Club’s first big-name signing, Mexican International Carlos Vela, played in the first game of the La Liga season on Saturday for Real Sociedad against Celta Vigo, and helped lead the team past a 2-1 deficit to take all three points from the match in a 3-2 win.
Vela started the first game of the La Liga season on the bench for La Real and did not come in until the 58th minute. By then, Sociedad was down 2-1 due to a brace from Maximiliano Gomez for Celta Vigo.
Although Vela did not notch his name into the scoresheet, he did play a major role in the comeback for Real Sociedad. He was held back by a defender on an attacking play, and as the referee played advantage, it allowed Juanmi to equalize in the 80th minute.
On another play, in the closing minutes, Vela drew a penalty on the edge of the box, which was calmly taken by Willian Jose to put Real Sociedad ahead 3-2 in the 88th minute. Replays did show later that the foul probably should have been called just outside the box, but a penal is a penal.
While it is important to remember that LAFC’s first designated player signing did not score in this match, he was vital in indirectly setting up two goals in a comeback on the road. At this rate, it is not far off to say Vela may be trying to play himself back into a starting spot for Real Sociedad, which is good news for LAFC as he would be readily prepared when it comes time to start training with the team and playing in the MLS season.
Stay with us as we keep track of Carlos Vela in all his matches this season, leading up to his debut for the newest MLS expansion side!
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