When Carlos Vela joined LAFC, expectations for the Mexican international were extremely high. The mercurial magician had experience in the Premier League with Arsenal, La Liga with Real Sociedad and regularly featured for the Mexican national team in the world’s biggest competitions.
Vela still managed to exceed them all, and finished 2019 with arguably the greatest individual regular-season performance that the league has ever seen. Highlights include:
- 2019 MLS Landon Donovan MVP Winner
- 2019 MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi Winner
- Most goals in single MLS season (34 goals in 31 games)
- Most combined goals and assists in single MLS season (34 goals, 15 assists)
Capping off the highlights of 2019, Matt Doyle and Bobby Warshaw take a look at the best performers at each position, starting with Vela, the year's top overall performer in the Audi Player Index.