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LAFC boss Bob Bradley keen to push Carlos Vela to the limit

The Mexican international will make his fifth start for Los Angeles FC in the 2021 Major League Soccer regular season when they host FC Dallas on Wednesday.

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LAFC boss Bob Bradley keen to push Carlos Vela to the limit

Carlos Vela is close to reaching full-fitness after suffering a knee injury during week 1 of the 2021 Major League Soccer season with Los Angeles FC. The manager of the Black & Gold, Bob Bradley, has been managing his playing time since he came back on 17 May after missing three consecutive matches.

On Saturday, Vela made his fourth start of the season and LAFC tied 1-1 against Houston Dynamo. The team from Los Angeles have a demanding week ahead with a home game on Wednesday against New York City FC and then a road match against Sporting KC on Saturday.

Vela ready to make his fifth start of the season

Bob Bradley knows the importance of not letting Vela play too many minutes in a short week, but when asked about his status for tomorrow's match he said his captain was good-to-go. “Carlos Vela will start and we will push him. He is aware that we are trying to get him back to his best level and when he is on the pitch, he keeps being dynamic with the ball and going by defenders.

Carlos knows it is not about how many minutes he plays, it is about him pushing his limits and really getting as dynamic as he has always been, especially at his best,” said Bradley during the press conference prior to tomorrow’s game.

This season Carlos Vela has started in four games and substituted in once. He has played a total of 255 minutes and he has only gone the full 90 once in Los Angeles Football Club’s 2-1 loss against New York City FC for week 7 of the regular season.