LAFC vs Colorado Rapids | Recap | October 6, 2019

History was made at Banc of California Stadium on Decision Day presented by AT&T, as a hat trick from Carlos Vela fueled a 3-1 win for LAFC over the Colorado Rapids.

Vela broke and extended the single-season scoring mark, ending the season on 34 goals, while LAFC both broke the single-season points record, with 72, as well as tying the single-season goals record by a team.

LAFC controlled the proceedings for most of the first half, and were rewarded for their efforts through Vela, who scored a quickfire brace to give LAFC the lead and make history. His first goal, scored in the 28th minute with the teams in transition, broke the MLS single-season scoring mark, set in 2018 by Josef Martinez with 31 goals.

Three minutes later, Vela topped his previous effort, with a bicycle kick from close range doubling the home side's lead and giving him 33 goals in league play this season.

But Colorado refused to give up, and got a lifeline in the 40th minute through Kei Kamara, whose diving header off Diego Rubio's cross cut the Rapids' deficit to one going into the break.

Vela picked up right where he left off after the restart, as he completed his hat trick in the 51st minute with a tap-in off Tristan Blackmon's cross. That goal tied the all-time goals record in a season for a team, with 85, level with the 1998 LA Galaxy, who did it in 32 games.

Goals

  • 28' – LAFC – Carlos Vela 
  • 31' – LAFC – Carlos Vela
  • 40' – COL – Kei Kamara | WATCH
  • 51' – LAFC – Carlos Vela
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