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LAFC re-sign Carlos Vela through 2023 season

Field Level Media
29 Jun 2022, 05:55 GMT+10

Los Angeles FC on Tuesday announced they have re-signed 2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela through the 2023 season.

The move comes one day after the signing of Welsh superstar Gareth Bale.

Vela is the league record-holder for most goals scored in a season with 34 in 2019. He leads LAFC this season with six goals and three assists in 15 games.

"Carlos has been an integral piece of LAFC's success on and off the field since the beginning," LAFC general manager John Thorrington said in the release. "Carlos has proved that he is one of the top players this league has ever seen, and we are thrilled to have him continue to lead our Club as we attempt to win more trophies this season and beyond."

Financial terms weren't released. Vela is making $2.25 million in base salary this season as part of guaranteed compensation of $4.05 million.

Vela, 33, was the first player in LAFC history, signing as a designated player in August 2017. He has 63 goals and 39 assists in 101 MLS appearances (89 starts).

"Los Angeles is a special place for me and my family. This is our home, and I am excited to continue my career here at LAFC," Vela said. "My goal is to win the MLS Cup with LAFC, and I will work hard to achieve our goal, and I expect to continue to achieve great things for the Club, my family, our fans and the City of Los Angeles."

Bale and Italian star Giorgio Chiellini are expected to join LAFC when the secondary transfer window opens July 7.

LAFC (10-3-3, 33 points) currently sit atop the Supporters' Shield table, leading the Philadelphia Union and Real Salt Lake by four points.

--Field Level Media

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