Vela breaks MLS goals record to live up to the hype of a prodigy

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7:15 PM ETTom MarshallMexico correspondent Carlos Vela’s name will be the subject of headlines far outside the United States after his hat trick in the Los Angeles Football Club’s 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids — in U.S. legend Tim Howard’s final game — saw him break the Major League Soccer record for most goals in a single season. It’s a feat that sees the Mexican place himself firmly among the greatest to ever play in the league and as one of Mexico’s all-time best players, even if that might sound controversial given how much hype he endured early in his career.Four days before Vela made history, a video from FIFA of the goals from Mexico’s 2005 Under-17 World Cup final win over Brazil went viral on social networks in Mexico, on the 14th anniversary of the game.— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) October 2, 2019 It brought back memories of what was a seminal moment in Mexican football. El Tri had never accomplished anything near as important on the world stage. TV crews set up inside the living rooms of the players’ extended families back home to record reactions, and people poured out onto the streets after the game ended; even 14 years on, Mexican soccer fans still remember where they watched it.It was heralded, too hastily in retrospect, as a watershed moment for Mexican soccer.At the forefront of it all was Vela, the scorer of the opening goal against Brazil and the tournament’s Gold Boot winner.

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