Angels on Parade’s 2019 Attacker of the Year poll has closed, and unlike our Defender of the Year poll, the results came as no surprise.
Carlos Vela, LAFC’s winger/forward and MLS MVP, won the Attacker of the Year poll as selected by you, our readers, taking home a whopping 74% of the vote (Editor’s note: Only 74 percent?!?!).
Vela is coming off the best season by a player in Major League Soccer history. The forward played in 31 games in the regular season, scoring 34 goals, which broke Josef Martinez’s 2018 record of 31. He also logged 15 assists, and broke Sebastian Giovinco’s 2015 record of combined goals and assists (which was 38). Vela also scored two goals and notched an assist in LAFC’s run to the Western Conference Final.
In terms of the vote, Diego Rossi came in second place with 16% of the vote. Rossi finished the season as one of the best young players in MLS, with 16 goals and seven assists, with a goal and two assists as well in the playoffs.
Third place in our vote went to two players, with Brian Rodriguez and Latif Blessing each taking five percent of the vote. Rodriguez took over Andre Horta’s spot as LAFC’s third Designated Player in August, and played in seven games this season. He did not score or assist, but looked to be a very promising player for the Black-and-Gold. As for Blessing, the Ghanaian played in all 34 regular season games for LAFC, proving to be a crucial part of the attacking force and showing himself as a spark-plug as soon as he would enter the game.
Congratulations to Carlos Vela for winning LAFC’s 2019 Attacker of the Year! We’re sure this will be a great addition to his trophy cabinet from this season.
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