Los Angeles FC star Carlos Vela broke the MLS record for regular-season goals in his hat-trick performance, while Atlanta United's Josef Martinez scored on his return.

Vela shattered the record set by Martinez (31) in 2018 as LAFC ended their regular-season campaign with a 3-1 win over Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

LAFC's Vela surpassed Martinez with 34 goals thanks to his treble against the Rapids at Banc of California Stadium, while he also won the Golden Boot.

Vela broke the deadlock with a sublime opener in the 28th minute before the Mexico international's overhead kick doubled the lead three minutes later in Los Angeles.

Kei Kamara pulled a goal back for the Rapids in the 40th minute, but Vela restored LAFC's two-goal advantage six minutes into the second half.

Supporters' Shield winners LAFC – who broke the record for most points (72) and equalled the mark for most goals scored (85) in the regular season – will face either LA Galaxy or Minnesota United in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring but the Galaxy suffered a 4-2 defeat away to Houston Dynamo on Decision Day.

The Galaxy twice led, however, the visitors conceded three unanswered goals to finish fifth and set up a showdown with Minnesota – who lost 1-0 to Seattle Sounders as the latter locked up the second seed.

Martinez returned from a knee injury to lead reigning MLS champions Atlanta to a 3-1 victory against New England Revolution.

The Venezuela international scored Atlanta's second goal of the match to take his season tally to 27 goals as Frank de Boer's men look ahead to another meeting with the seventh-placed Revolution in the first round of the Eastern Conference play-offs.

Eastern Conference leaders New York City concluded their regular-season campaign with a 2-1 win at Philadelphia Union, Dallas humiliated Sporting Kansas City 6-0 and Wayne Rooney's DC United were held to a 0-0 draw by nine-man FC Cincinnati.

New York Red Bulls lost 3-0 to Montreal Impact, Toronto beat Columbus Crew 1-0, Portland Timbers accounted for San Jose Earthquakes 3-1, while Real Salt Lake edged Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 and Chicago Fire beat Orlando City 5-2.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his red-hot form after leading LA Galaxy to victory as stuttering Los Angeles FC drew again, while Atlanta United star Josef Martinez was carried off on a stretcher.

Ibrahimovic scored his 27th goal of the season to lead the Galaxy to a 2-1 win over visiting Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock with a close-range finish in the 31st minute at Dignity Health Sports Park – taking the 37-year-old's tally to 11 goals in his past seven matches.

Montreal's Lassi Lappalainen equalised three minutes into the second half, however, Uriel Antuna bundled the ball home five minutes later to restore the Galaxy's lead.

Back-to-back wins saw the Galaxy move up to third in the Western Conference, while the Impact are four points adrift of the play-off places in the Eastern Conference.

LAFC's winless streak extended to five games following their last-gasp 1-1 draw at home to Toronto.

Supporters' Shield leaders LAFC looked to have succumbed to Tsubasa Endoh's 19th-minute goal as Toronto – fourth in the east – still clinched a post-season berth.

But MLS top goalscorer Carlos Vela converted a 95th-minute penalty for his 29th goal of the campaign to avoid defeat for LAFC.

LAFC are eight points clear in the race for the Supporters' Shield, though Eastern Conference leaders New York City can reduce that lead to five with victory on Sunday.

Martinez's record 15-match scoring streak came to an end after suffering a knee injury in Atlanta's 3-1 victory against nine-man San Jose Earthquakes.

The Venezuela international was forced to be substituted in the 79th minute after colliding with a team-mate at home to the Earthquakes.

Defending champions Atlanta stayed within three points of New York City thanks to stoppage-time goals from Emerson Hyndman and Gonzalo Martinez.

Elsewhere, Colorado Rapids edged Sporting Kansas City 3-2, Houston Dynamo defeated Orlando City 2-1, Vancouver Whitecaps salved a 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake played out a goalless draw at New England Revolution, while FC Cincinnati and Chicago Fire drew by the same scoreline.

Los Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela was drinking pina colada on holiday when he discovered Barcelona were interested in securing his services.

The 30-year-old, formerly of Arsenal, was linked with a loan move to Camp Nou at the turn of the year after impressing for LAFC in his debut campaign in the MLS.

Vela scored 14 goals and provided 10 assists in 2018 and concedes he would dearly have loved a January switch to the LaLiga giants, who instead opted for Kevin-Prince Boateng.

"It was really close," he told BS The Podcast. "My second month for holidays, I was there with my pina colada and my agent called me to say 'look, Barcelona is calling you. They want you to play for four months then you can go back to LA'. 

"I said just say yes, I don't care about the money or nothing. I'm going to start training tomorrow, give me two weeks to be a little bit fit. 

"Barcelona, Real Madrid you can't say no... If it was only my choice, for sure, I'd take it."

Vela has built on last year's impressive return with a further 27 goals already this season and he outlined his intention to see out his playing days with the American franchise.

"It's not only the things I want, football is a business and you know how it works. But, if I have everything, I want to be here for the rest of my career," he said.

"I'm really happy here, playing in LA. I want to be here."

Carlos Vela delivered a moment that "stays with you", Los Angeles FC coach Bob Bradley said after the Mexican forward scored one of the greatest goals in MLS history.

Former Arsenal and Real Sociedad star Vela netted a double as the runaway Western Conference leaders eased to a 4-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes.

His first was an emphatic penalty but it is his second that will live long in the memory.

After playing a neat one-two and regaining possession 25 yards from goal, Vela danced his way beyond two defenders and then expertly rounded the goalkeeper, the forlorn defender on the line tumbling as the former Arsenal man tucked home from point-blank range.

"One really special goal," Bradley said of Vela's effiort.

"We all want to see moments like that. You come to the game tonight and you see that goal, that's something that stays with you. Carlos is capable of doing that kind of stuff."

Vela has scored 24 goals this season, putting him seven shy of equalling Josef Martinez's single-season record of 31.

Wayne Rooney was sent off as DC United lost a wild MLS clash 2-1 against New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.

Rooney, who is set to leave DC for Derby County in a player-coach role at the end of the year, saw red following a VAR review in the 24th minute.

Former Manchester United and England captain Rooney appeared to make contact with Cristian Casseres Jr's face in an off-the-ball incident before a corner was taken in Washington midweek.

A video review resulted in Rooney seeing red after the Red Bulls had taken a sixth-minute lead through Kaku, who capitalised on a failed clearance by Lucas Rodriguez.

The Red Bulls were also reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time after Amro Tarek was dismissed for a second yellow card.

DC's Ola Kamara – on his full debut – equalised 10 minutes into the second half but Daniel Royer converted a penalty four minutes later as the Red Bulls claimed all three points.

With the Atlantic Cup win, the Red Bulls leapfrogged DC into fourth position in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, Carlos Vela scored twice as league-leading Los Angeles FC routed San Jose Earthquakes 4-0.

Vela – who broke the record for the most combined goals and assists in a single season last time out – took his tally to 26 goals for the campaign at Banc of California Stadium.

The Mexican star's first-half brace came after Diego Rossi's sixth-minute opener, while Josh Perez capped the one-sided win with nine minutes remaining.

In the day's only other game, New York City edged lowly Columbus Crew 1-0.

Carlos Vela broke the record for most combined goals and assists in a single MLS season as Los Angeles FC secured a play-off spot, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace for LA Galaxy.

Vela took his tally to 39 overall thanks to 24 goals and 15 assists following LAFC's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday.

The Mexican star – who still has nine regular-season matches remaining – eclipsed the previous record of 38 set by Sebastian Giovinco in 2015 with 22 goals and 16 assists.

Vela converted a 64th-minute penalty to make history and give league leaders LAFC the lead, while Adama Diomande sealed victory with eight minutes remaining.

"It's a good thing," former Real Sociedad forward Vela said about holding the record. "Always."

LAFC are the first team to book a spot in the post-season as they sit 16 points clear atop the Western Conference, while they are 13 points ahead of Philadelphia Union in the race for the Supporters' Shield.

Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia lost 2-0 away to lowly Chicago Fire.

Ibrahimovic was at the double as the 10-man Galaxy played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

The Galaxy had defender Daniel Steres sent off in the sixth minute, but the home side still managed to salvage a point thanks to Ibrahimovic's two goals, which were sandwiched in between Raul Ruidiaz's opener and a Jorgen Skjelvik own goal with eight minutes remaining.

Ibrahimovic's Galaxy are third in the west and a point behind Minnesota United, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Orlando City.

Elsewhere, Dallas overturned a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3 at Montreal Impact, New York City routed lowly FC Cincinnati 4-1, DC United lost 1-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls drew 1-1 with New England Revolution.

A quick-fire Mauro Manotas brace earned Houston Dynamo a 2-2 draw against Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City edged San Jose Earthquakes 2-1, while Toronto drew 2-2 with Columbus Crew thanks to Jozy Altidore 90th-minute equaliser.

Carlos Vela tied the record for most combined goals and assists in a single MLS season as Los Angeles FC prevailed 4-2 against New York Red Bulls, while Atlanta United's Josef Martinez made history.

Vela scored and set up two others as Supporters' Shield leaders LAFC overcame the Red Bulls in a six-goal thriller on Sunday.

The Mexico international took his season tally to 23 goals and 15 assists – matching Sebastian Giovinco's feat with 10 matches remaining in the regular season.

Vela teed up Jordan Harvey for the 23rd-minute opener before Latif Blessing doubled LAFC's lead two minutes later, however, the Red Bulls rallied from 2-0 down to level in a stunning end to the first half.

Ex-Real Sociedad winger Vela converted a penalty just past the hour to put him on track to eclipse Martinez's single-season record of 31 goals set last term.

Vela then assisted Eddie Segura 18 minutes from the end as LAFC won their third successive game to move 16 points clear of Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference and 10 ahead of Philadelphia Union in the race for the Supporters' Shield.

Meanwhile, Martinez broke an MLS record by scoring in a 10th consecutive game for Atlanta – who edged New York City 2-1.

Reigning Golden Boot winner Martinez made history with his 42nd-minute header at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the Venezuelan also scored from the penalty spot in the second half.

Heber pulled a goal back for visiting New York, however, defending champions Atlanta were not to be denied as they consolidated second spot in the Eastern Conference.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic attempted 15 shots – the most a player has taken in an MLS game this decade – as LA Galaxy lost 2-1 to a Wayne Rooney-less DC United.

In Sunday's other match, the high-flying Union were too good for Houston Dynamo 2-1.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says it was a mistake to compare him to Carlos Vela after his individual brilliance settled the Los Angeles derby.

Ibrahimovic scored a perfect hat-trick - a right-footed goal, a left-footed goal and a headed goal - as his LA Galaxy side beat MLS rivals Los Angeles FC 3-2 on Friday.

El Trafico's pre-match build-up centred on the battle between Ibrahimovic and LAFC star Vela, who has now scored 21 goals this season to top the MLS scoring charts.

Ibrahimovic said before the game he was "by far" a better player than the Mexico attacker and indicated afterwards that the comparison fired him up.

"Please do not offend me, I don't need to prove nothing, even if I don't score the goals today," Ibrahimovic told a news conference.

"I have a lot of respect for Vela, he's a good player, but you did one mistake, you [the media] compared him with me, that was your biggest mistake.

"I have my confidence and I believe in myself. People call it arrogant, I call it confidence. Ignorant people call it arrogant, intelligent people call it confidence.

"I have a bulletproof mind. When I go out there, I know what I'm able to prove - and I do it good."

Vela scored both LAFC goals in his side's defeat, with Ibrahimovic's treble moving the former Sweden striker to 16 goals from 17 MLS appearances this term.

LAFC are nine points clear at the top of the Western Conference, with Galaxy climbing up to second spot after their third victory in four games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a stunning derby hat-trick as LA Galaxy defeated Los Angeles FC 3-2 in a top of the table Western Conference battle in MLS.

The 37-year-old Swedish star answered Carlos Vela's early spot-kick with a stunning equaliser, before a headed second and left-footed third to complete the perfect treble.

Vela scored his second late on as LA Galaxy still trail leaders LAFC by nine points after 21 games, but move ahead of Philadelphia, Seattle and DC United up to second in the overall standings.

The home side didn't have it all their own way in a fiery contest which featured eight yellow cards, as MLS top scorer Vela struck inside four minutes from the penalty spot for the Mexican's 20th goal in 20 league games.

Galaxy only needed four minutes to equalise though, as Ibrahimovic brilliantly controlled a long pass, lobbed over Eduard Atuesta and volleyed from range past Tyler Miller.

Both teams went into half-time level, but Ibrahimovic doubled his tally after 56 minutes when he headed in Diego Polenta's cross to make it 2-1.

The former Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and Inter striker completed his hat-trick with 20 minutes to play as he dribbled to the edge of the area, before rifling into the bottom corner.

Vela pulled one back six minutes into stoppage time when he broke the offside trap to score, but time ran out for LAFC as Galaxy claimed the derby spoils.

MLS pacesetters Los Angeles FC showed no mercy in their 6-1 rout of Vancouver Whitecaps, while Nicolas Lodeiro returned from Copa America duty to inspire Seattle Sounders to a last-gasp victory.

LAFC maintained their commanding lead in the race for the Supporters' Shield with a demolition of the Whitecaps at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday.

Beaten by the Whitecaps in April – one of only two MLS defeats this season – LAFC exacted revenge after conceding first in Los Angeles.

After Yordy Reyna gave the visiting Whitecaps a surprise fifth-minute lead, Andy Rose's own goal 10 minutes prior to half-time restored parity for LAFC.

And it was one-way traffic from that point as Adama Diomande put LAFC ahead in the 41st-minute before Carlos Vela's double and goals from Mark Kaye and Diego Rossi.

LAFC are nine points clear of rivals LA Galaxy in the Western Conference and eight points ahead of Philadelphia Union in the Supporters' Shield race.

Uruguay international Lodeiro scored a 96th-minute winner as the Sounders upstaged lowly Columbus Crew 2-1.

Trailing after Pedro Santos' 13th-minute penalty, Lodeiro – back from international duty at the Copa America – equalised courtesy of his own spot kick approaching the hour mark.

And Lodeiro broke Columbus hearts when he popped up at the back post to nod home in the dying moments, extending the Crew's winless run to four games.

Elsewhere, FC Cincinnati snapped a six-match losing streak by edging Houston Dynamo 3-2, Minnesota United stunned Montreal Impact by the same scoreline, Sporting Kansas City were 1-0 winners over Chicago Fire and Danny Hoesen's late winner saw San Jose Earthquakes past Real Salt Lake 1-0.

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