Carlos Vela scored his 50th goal in MLS regular-season play on Sunday in Los Angeles Football Club’s wild 3-3 draw against the Philadelphia Union at The Banc, and he broke an MLS record in the process.
Vela scored in his 12th straight league home game, which is an all-time MLS record. He’s also scored in 11 straight regular season games overall, which is just four behind Josef Martinez’s record of 15 consecutive league games with goals, set last year.
Can Vela keep pushing his streak? LAFC are off this week in league play, it’s all in on the Concacaf Champions League against Cruz Azul for the next eight days in the meantime.
More news for this Tuesday:
- Additions to MLS All-Star Skills Challenge: The MLS All-Star Game and related festivities are coming to The Banc this summer, and MLS announced today two new events to be included in the Skills Challenge - The Touch Challenge and The Crossbar Challenge will join Shooting, Passing, and Cross & Volley in the 2020 Skills Challenge, with eight MLS All-Stars and eight Liga MX All-Stars to participate this year, on July 28.
- Batista signs for North Texas SC: 2019 LAFC defender Lamar Batista has a new home, as he’s signed with USL League One side North Texas SC for the upcoming season. The 22-year-old didn’t play in a competitive game for LAFC last year, spending much of the season on loan at fellow League One side FC Tucson. North Texas are coming off a regular-season/playoff championship double in USL League One’s inaugural season last year, so Batista’s going to what should be a good side.
- Get to know Bryce Duke: The teenager has gotten a surprising amount of playing time off the bench so far for LAFC, and if you want to learn the whirlwind journey of the midfielder signing his first pro deal and making the mad dash to Los Angeles ahead of LAFC’s first preseason game, there’s a good profile on the player from Vince La Rosa at the team website.
- Power Rankings: MLSsoccer.com’s weekly Power Rankings dropped LAFC a spot this week to No. 3, with Atlanta United rising to the top spot.
Today’s question: Do you think Carlos Vela can realistically keep up his 2019 form for another year? He’s on a tear in the opening weeks. Let’s chat in the comments below!