Carlos Vela had himself quite the night on Saturday against Toronto FC. After opening the scoring for Los Angeles Football Club with the flukiest goal you’re likely to see — Diego Rossi’s shot from the edge of the box deflected off a TFC defender and then off Vela’s arm, from range — he officially tallied an assist, set up another goal that got a touch from a TFC defender on the way through, and hit a complete golazo to seal a 4-2 win.
Seriously, if you haven’t seen this goal that comes from about as tight an angle as you can score from, you need to stop what you’re doing and watch it now:
Told you so.
Honestly, Rossi also had a beautiful golazo in this game, too, but Vela’s was the type you don’t expect a player to score on. There’s a growing cohort of MLS scorers who are trying and succeeding to score goals that are unthinkable for all other MLS players (Sebastian Giovinco, Darwin Quintero, and yes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all scored these kind of unbelievable goals). Vela’s contribution here adds him to that select group.
As we noted, Vela had a role in all four goals in LAFC’s win over Toronto. Could he be in line for league honors next week? Stay tuned, but this goal is one of the best I’ve ever seen in MLS. Take a bow, Carlos.
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