Carlos Vela scores twice to lead LAFC to rout of Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Andy Rose (15) battles for the ball with Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10). (Alex Gallardo/AP)

LOS ANGELES — Carlos Vela scored twice and Los Angeles FC rallied to a club-record six goals after giving up the opening score, beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 6-1 on Saturday night.

Vela, with 19 goals on the season, extended his lead to six goals ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the MLS Golden Boot race. LAFC (13-2-4), in its second year, became the quickest franchise to reach 100 points.

Yordy Reyna took advantage of a goalkeeping error to open the scoring in the fifth minute for the Whitecaps (4-8-8). But Vancouver’s Andy Rose knocked in an LAFC corner for an own goal that levelled the score in the 35th minute.

LAFC scored twice more before the half. Adama Diomande headed in Vela’s corner in the 41st minute and Mark-Anthony Kaye buried a left-footed shot from outside the box into the upper left corner in the 44th.

Vela scored both of his goals in the second half to extend the lead to 5-1, and Diego Rossi capped the scoring in the 72nd minute.

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