Player of the Month

LAFC's Carlos Vela named March MLS Player of the Month pres. by EA Sports

As if there was any doubt.

LAFC talisman Carlos Vela has been rewarded for his sizzling start to the 2019 campaign by being voted the MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS by members of the media for March.

As part of every MLS Player of the Month award this season, EA SPORTS FIFA 19 will release a special FUT item to honor the winning player, this month recognizing Vela. He can be unlocked via a special Squad Building Challenge now live in FIFA 19 Ultimate Team.

Vela finished March with an MLS-leading six goals over five matches, while his three assists in March also tied for the most in the league. And he's already added to that total in April, now sitting on seven goals and four assists following LAFC's 4-0 demolition of D.C. United on Saturday.

LAFC currently maintains a six-game unbeaten streak and tops MLS with 16 points (5-0-1 overall record). The club’s 19 goals scored are the most in league history over a team’s first six regular season matches.

Following a 2-1 LAFC victory over Sporting Kansas City in the opening week of the season, Vela had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 home win over the Portland Timbers on March 10.

The Mexican international followed thast with a brace in a 2-2 draw at New York City FC in Week 3, and after his side's 2-1 home in over Real Salt Lake in Week 4, he exploded for his first MLS hat trick in a 5-0 rout at the San Jose Earthquakes on the final weekend of March.

LAFC's season continues on Saturday at home against FC Cincinnati at Banc of California Stadium (10:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in the US, MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada).

MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.