Then the Mexican Designated Player paid homage to America's Pastime, pantomiming his best home run swing at Yankee Stadium.
Vela isn't the first to poke fun at NYCFC playing in the home of the most famous baseball team on the planet. Former New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga did something similar after scoring in the first year of the NY Derby.
Well before that, US men's national team legend Clint Dempsey also gave it a wallop after heading in the match-winner for the New England Revolution in a 4-3 win over D.C. United back in 2005. That was the first of three years D.C. shared RFK Stadium with the Washington Nationals.
Throwback to Clint Dempsey doing the home-run celebration back in 2005, after scoring for #NERevs against DC United at RFK Stadium.— Joga Bonito USA (@Jasoninho10) March 17, 2019
One of his many entertaining and legendary celebrations!#MLS #Deuce #ThankYouDeuce ⚽️⚾️ pic.twitter.com/LmjhZSWosz