LOS ANGELES – Not even a Hollywood screenwriter could have planned it better.
On the now traditional Decision Day, the LAFC was a separate species; He did not fear for his future, nor did he play a place in the playoffs, but rather had a date with history.
The season that had Candle with the LAFC was historic. Photo: GettyRELATED
The anxiety was palpable in the previous one in the adjacencies of the Banc of California Stadium. The shops were full, and the Mexican Carlos Vela's shirt was sold as hot bread; It is the best selling of the entire MLS.
After all, the fans wanted to make sure they were well dressed for the occasion, with the desire to witness history.
The LAFC season had already been historic, but they had the opportunity to be immortal. With the victory, they would beat the record for the most points in a campaign in history, and with three goals, they would match the 85 goals scored by the LA Galaxy in 1998.
As if that were not enough, Vela needed just one goal to beat the 31-record record of Venezuelan Josef Martinez, achieved last year with Atlanta United.
"Honestly, in the previous one I wasn't nervous," Vela said. "I was just thinking of breaking records as a team."
His opponent on duty, the Colarado Rapids, needed the triumph and help of both Dallas and San Jose to achieve his miracle of qualifying for the playoffs after winning only two of his first eleven games to open the campaign.
However, as has happened throughout the season, with rare exceptions, the LAFC's dominance was overwhelming.
The serenades to the rhythm of 'MVP' were constant for Vela throughout the game. The stands were a party, full of drums and a repertoire worthy of rockola.
And after 28 minutes of action, fans had the opportunity to release all that tension.
Vela connected an accurate left-hander, who slipped into the right corner of Tim Howard, who was playing his last game as a professional, to unleash the madness.
The record was already a reality, but it was just the beginning.
Vela pointed to the box where his wife was located, and greeted the stadium that continued to provide all his love.
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Four minutes later, Vela would redouble the bet. With a very nice half scissor, he scored the second of his personal account, and took even more advantage to his most immediate pursuer in the fight for being the scorer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had already scored this afternoon as well.
On the end of the first half, on an isolated arrival, the Rapids discount came with a goal from Kei Kamara, but the intrigue was already resolved.
Or so we thought.
Because just started the complement, Vela completed the Hat-Trick, reached 34 goals and also finished securing all the records at the team level.
"It was a great satisfaction," said Vela. "It's always good to have your reward after so much work and effort, but we still have work to do."
The LAFC also had a very good season last year, only to be prematurely eliminated in the playoffs.
"We are all extremely happy for Carlos' record," coach Bob Bradley emphasized. “He is a great person and a great companion, with enormous talent. But at the same time, we have to stay focused. ”
Given the new playoff format, of which Bradley is not a fan, the LAFC will enjoy the advantage of the locality throughout the postseason, since the crossings will be only one game.
The problem is that now comes a stoppage for the FIFA Date, and that added to the rest day they will have in the first round, means that those led by Bradley will be almost 20 days without playing.
His next opponent will come out of the winner between Minnesota and the Galaxy, who the LAFC has not been able to beat this year.
If the city rivals crossed, there would be the added morbidity of the crossing between Vela and Ibrahimovic.
Although the Galaxy has yet to overcome another obstacle, and that will be history for another day.
Today, the day belonged to LAFC and Carlos Vela, who had perhaps the best season in MLS history with 34 goals and 15 assists.
And we were fortunate to witness it. However, the Mexican forward withdrew placing the collective above the individual.
"I am not the one who votes for the MVP," Vela concluded. "But I am very happy to have helped my team achieve a historic season."