The highest-profile player under contract to 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club, forward Carlos Vela, was back in action with his longtime club Real Sociedad on Thursday, getting his first extended runout of the season in a Europa League win.
La Real kicked off their Europa League group stage campaign by hosting Norwegian champion Rosenborg BK, and beat them handily by a 4-0 scoreline. Diego Llorente scored a brace, including the opening goal in the 9th minute, while David Zurutuza scored in the 10th minute, giving Sociedad a quick multigoal lead, and an own goal just before halftime by Jorgen Skjelvik made it a comfortable opener for the Basque side.
Vela helped set up the Skjelvik own goal, sending a cross to Xabi Prieto that was bundled in by the Rosenborg player. He had a couple of shots on the night, but while he hasn’t scored yet this season for La Real, Vela has played in each of the team’s games, and they are a perfect four-for-four so far this season.
The result puts Real Sociedad in second place through matchday one in Group L, as they had only the second-largest win of the day, with Zenit St. Petersburg crushing Vardar 5-0. On the bright side, Thursday’s win was Real Sociedad’s biggest ever in European competition.
Real Sociedad’s next Europa League game is in two weeks, the toughest fixture of the group stage as they’ll travel to St. Petersburg to play Zenit. Their next league fixture is also not a cakewalk, as they’ll host Real Madrid on Sunday.
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