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LAFC star Carlos Vela voted 2019 MLS MVP

Mexican picks league’s top individual honor after best-ever season.

MLS: MLS Cup Conference Semifinals-LA Galaxy at Los Angeles FC Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official: Carlos Vela is the 2019 MLS Most Valuable Player.

The news was announced on Monday by Major League Soccer, with the Los Angeles Football Club star winning his and the club’s first MLS MVP award.

Vela, 30, improved on a 2018 MLS Best XI season in a number of ways. Scoring 34 goals in regular season play, breaking the MLS single-season record of 31 set in 2018 by Josef Martinez, Vela also finished third in the league with 15 assists. His combined 49 goals+assists shattered another record for a player in MLS in a season.

Beyond that, Vela served as LAFC captain, as the team won their first ever trophy, the 2019 Supporters’ Shield, while smashing a series of records as a team along the way: Most points in a season (72), biggest goal difference (+48), and tying the team goals record (85).

Including the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Playoffs, Vela scored 38 goals in 36 games across all competitions in 2019 for LAFC. Also a 2019 MLS Best XI selection, Vela said during the season he wanted to be MLS MVP, and he accomplished that goal, in some style.

Vela was the overwhelming pick for the MVP award, capturing a combined 69 percent of the weighted total, with the players in particular voting over 80 percent for him. Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in a distant second in the voting, and Josef Martinez finished third in the reckoning.

Many congratulations to Vela for the individual award! It is certainly well deserved.

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