Wow, what an end to the regular season. Here’s what we took from the final regular season game, a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
Vela the King
Carlos Vela did it, he broke the single season scoring record in MLS. In true Vela and LAFC style, he scored a hat trick, and he did it in style. The first goal was a left footed screamer from the top of the box, the second an incredible bicycle kick after Tristan Blackmon headed the ball back into the box. The hat trick brings Vela’s total this season, and the single-season MLS scoring record, to 34 goals.
Since LAFC took off early this season, this record has been in Vela’s sights, and he was able to make the record his own on the last day of the season.
Shoutout to Blackmon for getting two assists on Vela’s last two goals as well.
Unsurprisingly, Vela demolished the record, and he did so in style. The first and second goals were unreal.
And the one after the record breaker was arguably even better.
That’s the beauty of Vela, he’s not a goal poacher who hangs on the defensive line, and scores a bunch of tap-ins. He scores majestic goals, and he scores a lot of them. We’re lucky to watch him in Black-and-Gold every week.
Records on Records
Vela himself was not the only record breaker on Sunday. The whole team was, as their 3-1 win set the record for most points ever in a regular season with 72.
LAFC have been consistently great this season, and that form and consistency has paid off so far with the Supporters’ Shield and points record now this weekend. Those will be nice milestones to savor as LAFC gets some time off with a bye in the first week of the playoffs.
Blackmon pushing for a starting spot in the playoffs?
With some injuries, suspensions, and just rotation lately, LAFC has used some different lineups than their main starting 11.
One player who has stood out from that group has been Blackmon.
Blackmon has remained defensively stalwart while adding a good amount to the attack, as shown by his two assists on Sunday.
Most likely Walker Zimmerman and Eddie Segura will be the starting centerback pair in the playoffs, if Zimmerman’s concussion suffered Sunday doesn’t do lasting damage, but Blackmon could start at right back over Steven Beitashour. It seems much more of a possibility now than it did a few months ago.
Tough playoff matchup
LAFC now have some time off, with a bye in the first round of the playoffs, their next game won’t be until October 23rd or 24th.
With the new playoff format, there is no reseeding in each round, so instead of facing the lowest ranked team in the West, LAFC are locked in to face the winner of the No. 4 vs No. 5 seed matchup in Round 1.
Despite LAFC’s record breaking season, they did not record a regular-season win over either team, either losing or drawing each game with both teams.
True, it is a small sample size, and Vela missed the first Minnesota match after leaving the second Galaxy match with an injury.
One-game eliminations mean you win or go home. LAFC will have to hit the ground running in the playoffs if they want to end this season on top.
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