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LAFC break MLS points, goals records

Historic season capped off in style for Supporters’ Shield winners.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Los Angeles FC Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club not only won the Supporters’ Shield in 2019, they finished the regular season in record-breaking fashion, following a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

The Shield, clinched two games back, was already in LAFC’s hands, but several records were met or broken in the regular-season finale.

First, Carlos Vela scored a hat trick and broke the MLS single-season scoring record, and finished the season with 34 goals, smashing the record of 31 set last year.

On top of that, LAFC hit two team-wide marks. They broke the record for points claimed in a season, with 72, which just edged the record set in 2018 by the New York Red Bulls, with 71.

They also matched the record for goals scored in a season by a team, with 85, tying the 1998 LA Galaxy. While the Galaxy did it in just 32 games (then the length of the season) that was one of the records that looked nearly impossible to even come close to matching in the decades since.

LAFC also broke the record for greatest positive goal differential, with +48, seven more than the 1998 Galaxy’s goal difference. For context, their goal difference is greater than the number of goals scored by seven teams in MLS this year.

All in all, it was a fantastic regular season for LAFC, who notched records while also winning the Supporters’ Shield. But they have three elimination games left to try and win MLS Cup, and if they do that, they’ll cap off one of the very best seasons in MLS history, no question.

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