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Carlos Vela gets first career MLS hat trick in LAFC victory over San Jose

Carlos Vela gets first career MLS hat trick in LAFC victory over San Jose
Diego Rossi (left) and Carlos Vela (right) celebrate during an LAFC 5-0 victory over San Jose. (Courtesy of LAFC)

Carlos Vela capped his first career MLS hat trick with a curling shot from distance and LAFC beat the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Saturday.

Vela has six goals and three assists in five games this season.

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LAFC (4-0-1) opened the scoring in the eighth minute by capitalizing on a goalkeeper mistake as Daniel Vega whiffed on a clearance attempt and Vela walked it into the back of the net in the eighth minute. Vela added a goal in first-half stoppage time by redirecting home a cross if front of the goal, and he had the goal of the match in the 66th.

Former San Jose defender Steven Beitashour got past the defense for a through ball in the 26th and poked it inside the far post for a 2-0 lead. Diego Rossi scored a relatively easy goal to cap the scoring in the 68th, and Tyler Miller kept his first clean sheet of the season against San Jose (0-4-0).

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