the mexican striker Carlos candleleader of Los Angeles FC since entering MLS in 2018, said that the first league title achieved on Saturday “closes a circle” but he assured that he wants to achieve more trophies before retiring.
At 33 years old, the ‘Bombardier’ lifted the first club-level trophy of his career after a tachycardic final in which Los Angeles FC (LAFC) beat the Philadelphia Union 3-0 in a penalty shootout (3-3 in regulation time).
“When I signed (with LAFC) I told them: ‘I will give everything for this club to make it known and then to create a positive and winning culture.. And today the prize arrives”, congratulated the Mexican striker.
Vela looked back at the unexpected decision he made in 2017when he left Real Sociedad and European football to join an American franchise that had just been born.
“I came to the team without knowing what could happen. Today I feel that the cycle is over,” he said. “Obviously I want more. I want to continue enjoying Los Angelesto be able to win more titles but now with a clearer conscience and a calm body because I already gave them the first one”.
“When I saw so many winning Los Angeles teams, in basketball, football, baseball, I always wondered: ‘why don’t we“, he recalled.
Los Angeles FC, which was born in the shadow of the Galaxy, the most successful team in MLS, celebrated its first title in front of its public in a heart-stopping final in which it came to see itself down 2-3 at minute 120+4.
The Welsh Gareth Bale tied in an agonizing way at minute 120 + 8 and goalkeeper John McCarthy, who had just entered the field, was the hero saving two shots in the penalty shootout.
“To put it simply, for 10 or 15 minutes the game it was like a halloween movie but ended up like a hollywood movie“, summed up Vela. “It was something you dreamed of that you didn’t imagine could happen and it happened.”
His retirement is not yet near
The striker, who resigned from the Mexican team after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, assured that he still he sees himself with the strength to play several more years in Los Angeles.
“For now I’m going to go to Vegas or something, I feel lucky”he joked. “Then I want to continue here. Enjoy the Concachampions and win. When you win a trophy you always want more.”