A crowd of 18,100 on a Thursday night at Banc of California Stadium was treated to a show by LAFC captain Carlos Vela, who scored two top-notch first-half goals in a 4-1 win over J.League side Vissel Kobe featuring Andres Iniesta, Lukas Podolski and former MLS star David Villa.
Vela, who was recently in the crosshairs of FC Barcelona, showed off his magical left foot on a patented curling shot and then on a penetrating run and finish 10 minutes later.
LAFC, who beat Toronto FC 3-1 in their preseason opener, next host Columbus Crew SC on Monday, February 4 (5 pm ET).
- LAFC - Carlos Vela 32'
- LAFC - Carlos Vela 42'
- LAFC - Dejan Jakovic 72'
- VIS - Ryo Hatsuse 81'
- LAFC - Kevin Mendoza 86'
LAFC Lineup (1st Half): Tyler Miller -- Shaft Brewer, Eddie Segura, Tristan Blackmon, Jordan Harvey -- Eduard Atuesta, Lee Nguyen, Andre Horta -- Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi, Adama Diomande (Latif Blessing 29')
LAFC Lineup (2nd Half): Tyler Miller -- Shaft Brewer, Dejan Jakovic, Lamar Batista, Amadou Dia -- Javier Pérez, Peter-Lee Vassell, Adrien Perez -- Alejandro Guido, Ricky Lopez-Espin, Latif Blessing