Carlos Vela moves LAFC closer to Supporters' Shield in win over Houston

Carlos Vela moves LAFC closer to Supporters’ Shield in win over Houston

LAFC forward Carlos Vela, left, kicks the ball before he is tackled by Houston Dynamo defender Adam Lundqvist during the first half of LAFC’s 3-1 victory on Sunday. (Michael Wyke/Associated Press)

Carlos Vela scored two first-half goals on penalty kicks as LAFC pulled off another easy victory, defeating the Houston Dynamo 3-1 on Sunday night at Banc of California Stadium.

LAFC (20-8-4) already clinched the No. 1 seed for the Western Conference playoffs, and Sunday’s win helped the team stay ahead of the Philadelphia Union for Major League Soccer’s Supporters’ Shield. Both teams have 64 points, but LAFC has more wins.

LAFC also improved to 16-1 when scoring first.

That first goal came in the eighth minute after Houston’s Griffin Dorsey fouled Denis Bouaga on the left side of the penalty area after a long pass from Vela.

Vela’s second penalty came four minutes into first-half stoppage time after a handball in the box by Houston’s Fafa Picault.

Ryan Hollingshead had the team’s third goal early in the second half. It was his sixth goal of the season, which is led by MLS defenders.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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