Carlos Vela scored a goal and assisted on two others. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
When New York City FC welcomes the Los Angeles Football Club to Yankee Stadium Sunday, it will take on one lethal striker, by reputation and proudction.
That would be forward Carlos Vela, who was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week for the second week of the season Monday.
Vela helped LAFC to a 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium Sunday with a goal and two assists. LAFC has a 2-0-0 record and six points secured.
The Mexican international assisted on LAFC’s first goal in the 14th minute, sending a corner kick into the box for a Mark-Anthony Kaye header to give the club a 1-0 advantage (Watch Assist). Vela recorded his second assist of the night in the 65th minute to give LAFC a 3-1 lead with a well-placed pass from the right side of the box to Adama Diomande directly in front of goal (Watch Assist).
Vela capped his standout night with a goal in the 68th minute to push the advantage to 4-1. Diomande found a streaking Vela with a pass to the right side of the box and the World Cup veteran finished the play with a left-footed shot for his first goal of the season (Watch Goal).
The MLS player of the week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.