Another game for LAFC, another goal for Carlos Vela.
American sports ESPN, conducted an interview with Carlos Vela after he broke another record in the MLS.
Carlos Vela became the leading all-time Mexican scorer in MLS. He scored the third goal, a penalty, as part of a 4-2 victory over New York Red Bulls.
It was Vela’s 37th MLS goal. He has been very publicly and widely criticised for leaving La Liga and Real Sociedad to join the MLS and at the time new club LAFC.
The MLS is still considered by many a graveyard for the careers of soccers elite. The top European stars come here in their twilight years for a big payday and to run riot among the weaker competition of what is still considered by many a fledgling league.
His war of words with Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovich was the latest public mocking he suffered.
After the game Vela said:
“They criticized me a lot for coming here.”
“Obviously, I accept the criticism.”
“But the critics don’t stop me wanting to be the best in the league.”
“To want to do better each day, to put my name and Mexico’s name everywhere.”
“I’m doing that right now.”
“Hopefully, I can keep scoring more goals, make more assists, break more records and help my team.”
“This is the most important thing.”
Vela and Josef Martinez of Atlanta United are currently tied at 23 goals apiece for the season.
Of this battle Vela said:
“The race with Josef is nice.”
“It’s more special against him because we have a good relationship.”
“Him breaking records tells me that if I want to be at his level I have to do big things.”
“I’ll keep working hard so it can be me.”
His coach Bob Bradley at LAFC has nothing but praise for his star striker, he said:
“He’s been fantastic in all ways.”
“When we signed him, it was a statement of the kind of football we wanted to play.”
“He’s come in and done all that while growing as a leader.”
All of Carlos Vela’s 37 goals in MLS
(🎥 via @futbolMLS)
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) August 12, 2019