HIGHLIGHTS: Los Angeles Football Club vs. Colorado Rapids | February 26, 2022
The Mexican forward added his second goal six minutes later after José Cifuentes won the ball in midfield and quickly played behind the Rapids' defense. Vela shook off a challenge from behind by Abubakar to again beat Yarbrough.
Vela’s third was a trademark finish, running down the right channel before cutting back to his left with a tidy curler inside the far post. From there, the hosts went into cruise control in their season-opening win.
- THE BIG PICTURE: A big season for LAFC, and the beginning of the Steve Cherundolo era, got off to a smashing start thanks to the hat trick hero Carlos Vela. And what a start for Vela, who has been limited to just nine goals the last two years after an MLS-record 34 in 2019. Meanwhile, 2022 couldn’t have started worse for the Rapids, who followed up a Concacaf Champions League midweek ouster on penalties with a listless performance in a 3-0 regular season-opening defeat.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: This third goal was vintage Vela.
GOAL: Carlos Vela, LAFC - 50th minute
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Was this ever in doubt?
MLS is Back and Carlos Vela is Back with a hat trick!