Carlos Vela had been in quite a little slump for nearly two months leading up to this past week, but with two goals in two games, it looks like he may have put that slide behind him, and it couldn’t come at a better time. As a result of his performance in his most recent game, a 2-0 LAFC win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday, Vela was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 13 of the 2022 MLS regular season.

Vela had the breakthrough in the victory, powering through a Crew defender en route to scoring the winning goal in the 2nd half in Columbus. Sometimes, you need a smash-and-grab performance and that’s what LAFC got in the game, riding that goal and an insurance tally scored by Jose Cifuentes off a Crew mistake in the back to bust the two-game losing run and get back atop the Supporters’ Shield standings.

Vela now has a combined 101 goals and assists in 99 MLS regular season games. That’s pretty, pretty good! Long may his good form continue. The striker scored his sixth goal of the season 17 minutes after entering as a halftime substitute, and LAFC ensured their long wait through inclement weather was worth it with a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Field on Saturday night.
Jose Cifuentes also scored as LAFC overcame more than four hours of total weather delays to snap a three-match winless run and go at least momentarily back above Austin FC atop the Western Conference table. Austin play at home Sunday against Orlando.
Maxime Crepeau made three saves to keep his first clean sheet since a 2-0 home win over Minnesota United FC on May 1 and hold Columbus scoreless for the sixth time in their last eight matches.