Editor’s Note: This post was prepared prior to the staff receiving the news they will be losing their positions here on Angels on Parade earlier this week. Patrick agreed to publish in order to tie up a loose end on the site before we depart.
Angels on Parade’s 2019 LAFC MVP vote has closed, and in similar fashion to our 2019 attacker of the year poll, the result is not much of a surprise.
Carlos Vela, after taking home MLS MVP and Angels on Parade’s 2019 Attacker of the Year awards, has now taken home the title of 2019 LAFC MVP, as selected by you, our readers. Vela brought in 69 percent of the vote.
The Mexican winger is coming off the best season we’ve ever seen by a player in Major League Soccer. He scored 34 goals, breaking the record of 31 set by Josef Martinez in 2018. He also notched 15 assists, breaking the record set by Sebastian Giovinco in 2015 of combined goals and assists (the previous record was 38, which means Vela broke the record in mid-August). He also scored two goals and an assist in the playoffs.
Breaking down the vote, our second-placed player was midfielder Eduard Atuesta, who got 23 percent of the vote. Atuesta, who was named to the MLS Best XI, is just 22 years old and comes off an 11-assist season, establishing himself as one of the best young midfielders in the league.
In third place, we have LAFC’s other key midfielder, Mark-Anthony Kaye. Kaye, who took eight percent of our vote, returned from his 2018-ending injury and got right back to where he was before, playing a key role in the midfield, and scoring four goals and eight assists.
Among other contenders for the award, Diego Rossi scored 16 goals and added seven assists, plus a goal and two assists in the playoffs, and was named the top young player in the league. Tyler Miller held down the fort in goal for LAFC, keeping nine shutouts and making 72 saves, allowing just 28 goals in 28 games. Walker Zimmerman was a key figure in LAFC’s defense, which allowed just 37 goals all season. Zimmerman was also named to the MLS Best XI list. Eddie Segura, an LAFC newcomer, was Zimmerman’s partner in the center of defense, and played the most minutes of anyone on LAFC’s roster.
Congratulations to Carlos Vela for winning our 2019 LAFC MVP poll! We’re excited that our star man gets to add yet another trophy to his case.