LAFC's Vela has goal, 2 assists to tie MLS mark in victory

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Published 12:12 a.m. ET Aug. 12, 2019 | Updated 1:47 a.m. ET Aug. 12, 2019

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Vela’s scoring prowess has drawn the most attention this season, yet the Los Angeles FC forward tied a record on Sunday night that carries greater significance to him.

With the three-point night in LAFC’s 4-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls, Vela has tied Sebastian Giovinco for the most points in an MLS season. Giovinco had a combined 38 goals and assists in 2015 with Toronto. Vela as 10 games remaining in the regular season not only break that mark, but add a lot to it.

“I think for me more important that record than just goals,” said Vela, who had a goal and two assists. “I’m not always in the front waiting for the ball. I’m trying to help my teammates and make some plays for them.”

The game was tied at 2-all before Vela scored his MLS-leading 23rd goal on a penalty kick in the 61st minute. That goal was also the 37th in his two years in Los Angeles, giving him the most goals by a Mexican player in MLS history.

LAFC was awarded the penalty when Red Bulls’ defender Rece Buckmaster fouled Eduard Atuesta in the…

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