Vela was in a difficult place in his career when he came to Los Angeles, as he struggled for game time in his final season in Spain with Real Sociedad.
But the past two MLS campaigns have seen him return to his best form, especially this season.
It appears the 30-year-old is pleased with how the team is progressing as they look set to mount their playoff campaign.
"I'm really happy, first of all, to be part of this team because it returned to me the happiness I was seeking. I maybe didn't have as much excitement about playing like I have now, and after that I have to thank my teammates," Vela told TUDN.
"It's an individual achievement, but it's a full-team job. Without them, I wouldn't be able to have all the goals I have or everything I was able to do.
"I think it's a success we've created because we started from nothing with this team, so I feel like I really participated in everything we're getting. I'm thankful for everything that's happening."