The club won their first-ever trophy, the 2019 Supporters' Shield, and their star matched history by tying the MLS single-season scoring record. Now, he's been voted MLS Player of the Week for Week 30 of the 2019 regular season.
LAFC triumphed on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo, clinching the Shield in the process. Vela notched the first-half penalty to kick off the scoring, and after the final whistle, raised the trophy as LAFC captain.
It is Vela's fifth Player of the Week award of the season, becoming the first player to nab five MLS Player of the Week awards in a season since Thierry Henry in 2012. Vela leads the league in goals (31) and is third in assists (15) with one regular-season game left to play.
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 (NASR) 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.