LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Vela is on pace to break Major League Soccer’s single-season goals record but the Los Angeles FC captain has already reached a mark that he considers more significant.
Vela tied the league mark for combined goals and assists with a goal and two assists in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls. The striker’s 38 points are even with Sebastian Giovinco, who set the mark in 2015 with Toronto.
Giovinco’s 22 goals and 16 assists came in 33 games. Vela has 23 goals and 15 assists in 23 games. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, Vela could establish a record that might not be broken for some time.
“I think for me that record is more important than just goals because in the end, I’m not a striker, I’m not just scoring goals, I’m not always just in the front waiting for the ball,” Vela said. “I’m trying to involve all of my teammates. I’m trying to help them, I’m trying to make some plays for them. So that’s more important because I like to make assists, too.
Both of Vela’s assists came on set pieces, which Red Bulls coach Chris…