Vela entered the match level on the record of 31 goals in the MLS regular season, set in 2018 by Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez, and he got to work in the first half, with a brace to break the record. The first came in the 28th minute, as Vela timed his attempt perfectly, with both teams in transition headed to goal he shot from well outside the box to beat Tim Howard.
Not content to rest on his laurels, he took advantage of a quarter-chance a few minutes later, receiving the ball right in front of goal with his back to the net, and hitting a beautiful bicycle to score No. 33 in regular-season play.
Vela then scored his third goal of the day to take him to No. 34 after halftime, tapping in a low cross.
The Mexican also won the MLS Golden Boot, beating out Zlatan Ibrahimovic who scored a goal and finished on 30 goals.
One thing is certain: Carlos Vela is the king of goals in MLS. Congratulations to him.
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