Record MLS goals tally nets Vela MVP award ahead of Zlatan

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Los Angeles  - Los Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela was named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player for 2019 on Monday following a record-breaking goalscoring season.

The Mexico international forward was the overwhelming winner in voting for the award, earning just over 69% of votes tallied, ahead of Los Angeles Galaxy rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won 14.1%.

Vela, 30, was handed the award during a ceremony at LAFC's Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

The honour follows a remarkable season for Vela, who netted a combined 36 goals in the regular season and playoffs.

Vela's goalscoring helped Los Angeles FC win the MLS Supporters Shield - the honour given to the team with the best regular season record - and carried them into the playoffs.

Vela added two goals and an assist in the playoff win over Los Angeles Galaxy but LAFC failed to progress to Sunday's MLS Cup final after suffering an upset defeat to Seattle last week.

Vela has flourished in MLS since signing with expansion side LAFC in August 2017 after six-years with Real Sociedad in La Liga.

Previous stints included an unsuccessful spell with Arsenal in the Premier League.

Vela played all four games for Mexico during the 2018 World Cup and was also a member of the 2010 World Cup squad.

The Mexico striker's award comes after LAFC coach Bob Bradley was named MLS coach of the year for the third time last month.

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