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Carlos Vela
Vela with Mexico at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido[1]
Date of birth (1989-03-01) 1 March 1989 (age 35)
Place of birth Cancún, Mexico
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward, winger, attacking midfielder
Youth career
2002–2005 Guadalajara
2005–2006 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2012 Arsenal 29 (3)
2005–2006Celta Vigo (loan) 0 (0)
2006–2007Salamanca (loan) 31 (8)
2007–2008Osasuna (loan) 33 (3)
2010–2011West Bromwich Albion (loan) 8 (2)
2011–2012Real Sociedad (loan) 35 (12)
2012–2018 Real Sociedad 184 (54)
2018–2023 Los Angeles FC 152 (78)
International career
2005 Mexico U17 8 (5)
2007 Mexico U20 8 (0)
2007–2018 Mexico 72 (19)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Mexico
Winner 2009 United States
Winner 2015 United States–Canada
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Winner 2005 Peru
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22 October 2023

Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido (born 1 March 1989) is a Mexican professional footballer who is a free agent. A versatile offensive player, Vela has been deployed as a forward, winger, and attacking midfielder.[3][4]

Vela started his career at Mexican club Guadalajara, where he caught the eye of various European clubs after finishing as the top scorer at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, eventually joining Premier League club Arsenal that year. After joining Arsenal, he had loan spells at Spanish clubs Salamanca and Osasuna, as well as fellow English club West Bromwich Albion, settling with Real Sociedad in 2011, initially on loan and then permanently the following season. In his six-year spell with La Real, Vela played in 250 matches and scored 73 goals. In January 2018, he joined Los Angeles FC, winning the Supporters' Shield and the MLS Golden Boot in his second year, and setting a new league record for most goals in a season, with 34. He was also voted Most Valuable Player. In 2022, Vela would win a second Supporters' Shield as well as lift the MLS Cup.

Vela made his debut with the senior Mexico national team in 2007 in a friendly match against Brazil, and scored his first goal for his country in a friendly against Guatemala. He participated in Mexico's CONCACAF Gold Cup victory in 2009, and participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Vela rejected all subsequent call-ups for more than three years, including friendlies, World Cup qualifiers, and various major tournaments including the 2014 FIFA World Cup, citing various reasons for his refusals. In November 2014, Vela made his return to the national team and participated in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido was born 1 March 1989 in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico to Enrique Vela, an iron welder from Campeche, and Nella Garrido, a stay-at-home mother from Tabasco.[5] His father played semi-professional football but an injury caused by a torn ligament caused him to retire. Vela's father enrolled him into local football teams. Vela's first club was Ko Cha Wolis,[6] which translates to "Kicking Round Ball" in Mayan. He learned a lot and made significant development and progress during his time spent there, according to Félix Alcalá, his coach at the time.[5]

In school, Vela played both basketball and football simultaneously, which caused many problems between his coaches. His father made him decide to focus on only one sport at the age of 12, in which Vela chose football. Enrique Vela was frustrated at the fact that his son was not being scouted due to living in Cancún. Around the same time, José Luis Real of C.D. Guadalajara's youth system sent scouts to Cancún in 2001, where Vela caught their eye. He was summoned to a youth tournament in Buenos Aires with Guadalajara as a small trial period with unpaid expenses.[citation needed]

In 2003, during a local competition held in Ciudad Victoria, Vela was seen and was presented with offers with local teams of the Primera División. He eventually joined Guadalajara in 2003, though he never received a call up to the club's first-team squad, thus not being able to make his professional debut in Mexico.[5]

Club career[edit]


Vela's career started with Guadalajara, alongside his brother Alejandro. After winning the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship with Mexico and finishing as the top scorer with five goals, Jorge Vergara, owner and club president of Guadalajara, agreed to sign him. Since Vela's family lived in the then-recently-storm-stricken Cancún, he asked that the club help relocate them as a condition of his signing. Vela had previously shown his great affection to his father, whose birthday fell on the day on which Mexico beat Brazil in the final of the U-17 World Cup, by carrying the cup to his father and dedicating his Golden Boot to him.[7]


Vela attracted interest from a number of European clubs, and eventually Arsenal won the race for his signature in November 2005 on a five-year deal for a £125,000 fee that rose to £550,000 after he played 50 first-team games.[8] However, since English work permit restrictions for non-EU citizens prevented him from playing in England, Arsenal quickly loaned him out to Spanish club Celta Vigo in February 2006, but he was returned right away with no games played.[9]

Salamanca and Osasuna loans[edit]

At the end of the season, Vela was sent to Spanish Segunda División club Salamanca, on loan for the 2006–07 season.[10] He had a successful stay there, creating many of Salamanca's 53 goals, eight of which he scored himself.[11]

After his loan spell with Salamanca ended, bigger clubs of La Liga, such as Levante, Osasuna, and Almería, were all interested in taking him on loan from Arsenal for whom he was still ineligible to play as he still had yet to receive a work permit.[12] Eventually, a one-year loan move to Osasuna was agreed, with the option of an extension for another year. No permanent option, however, had been included in the deal.[12][13][14] On 31 October 2007, he scored his first goal with Osasuna, in a match against Real Betis, a performance that went on to earn several plaudits from the Spanish press.[15]

Return to Arsenal[edit]

Vela at Arsenal (26 April 2009)
Vela (right) and former teammate Aaron Ramsey against Stoke City (5 December 2009)
Vela playing for Arsenal (2010)

On 22 May 2008, Vela was granted a work permit that allowed him to play in England. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger confirmed that Vela would be involved with the first team in the coming season and that he viewed Vela as a striker in Eduardo's mould.[16][17]

Vela made his competitive debut for Arsenal on 30 August 2008 in their Premier League match against Newcastle United, coming on as a substitute for Robin van Persie in the 63rd minute. Arsenal won the match 3–0. In his full debut on 23 September 2008, against Sheffield United in the League Cup, Vela scored a hat-trick in a 6–0 win, with his second goal voted as one of Arsenal's Greatest 50 Goals.[18] The match was also notable for featuring Arsenal's youngest ever side, with an average age of 19.[19]

On 8 March 2009, in the FA Cup fifth round tie against Burnley, Vela scored the first goal in a 3–0 win by chipping the ball over the keeper and into the goal.[20] He scored his first goal in the Premier League for Arsenal away to Portsmouth on 2 May 2009[21] making him just the second Mexican player to score a goal in the Premier League. On 28 April, Vela was excluded from Arsenal's training session as a precaution due to the 2009 swine flu outbreak. Two of Vela's friends from Mexico visited him over the weekend and Arsenal were asked to keep him away. He returned to training the next day, however, after being given the all-clear.[22]

Vela missed Arsenal's pre-season campaign of the 2009–10 season after suffering an ankle injury which kept him out until September. He returned to action on 22 September by coming off the bench in Arsenal's 2–0 win by assisting the first and scoring the second goal against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup. On 21 November 2009, he made his first appearance of the season in the Premier League away to Sunderland, playing 21 minutes after coming on as a substitute for Eduardo. Vela renewed his contract with Arsenal on 10 December 2009.[23] On 4 May 2010, Vela played his 50th game in an Arsenal shirt, against Blackburn Rovers. On 9 May, he scored the fourth goal of Arsenal's victory over Fulham.

Vela scored his first goal of the season against Bolton Wanderers in a 4–1 home win on 11 September 2010.[24] On 15 September, Vela scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League when Arsenal beat Portuguese side Braga 6–0.[25]

West Bromwich Albion (loan)[edit]

On 28 January 2011, Vela joined West Brom on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season. He made his debut on 1 February 2011 in a 2–2 draw against Wigan Athletic, playing 58 minutes of the game.[26] He scored his first goal for the Baggies in his third match for the club on 20 February 2011, with West Brom's local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers on the verge of a first win at The Hawthorns since 1996, Vela came off the bench to score a 92nd-minute equaliser to ensure the game ended 1-1. Vela once again scored for West Brom in the dying minutes of a game against Stoke City to salvage a 1–1 draw after coming on as a late substitute.[27]

Real Sociedad (loan)[edit]

On 15 August 2011, Arsenal announced that Vela would be loaned out to Spanish club Real Sociedad, subject to a medical.[28] After passing the medical exams, he was officially presented on 17 August 2011.[29] On 4 December 2011, Vela scored a bicycle kick goal to equalise for Real Sociedad, his second of the season, against Málaga before teammate Diego Ifrán scored a late winner to make the score 3–2. Vela scored the only goal for Real Sociedad in a 2–1 loss to Barcelona, making it his third goal for the season.[30]

In early February 2012, rumours of Vela's future at Arsenal began to surface, claiming that he wished to stay in Spain with Real Sociedad. Vela has been quoted saying, "I don't want to return to Arsenal. I have asked my agent to negotiate with Arsenal to stay here."[31]

Real Sociedad[edit]

Vela shooting against Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munúa (September 2012)

After making over 30 appearances in all competitions and scoring 12 goals, Vela was officially transferred to Real Sociedad from Arsenal on 17 July 2012, for an undisclosed fee.[32] The deal was confirmed by Arsenal on 10 August.[33] He was given the number 11 shirt. During the 2012–13 season, Vela played predominantly on the right wing and scored 14 goals, as well as having nine assists. There had been speculation in the media that he would return to Arsenal, however no talks took place between the two teams.[34][35]

Vela started the 2013–14 season, scoring once and assisting the other in the team's 2–0 win over Getafe.[36] He scored twice, a header and a stoppage-time individual goal, to confirm Real Sociedad's progression to the group stages of the Champions League at Lyon's expense.[37] On 23 November, he scored four goals in La Real's 4–3 win over Celta Vigo.[38]

On 20 January 2014, it was announced that Vela had won La Liga Player of the Month for December after his performances against clubs such as Real Betis, Granada, Real Madrid, and Barcelona.[39]

On 5 May 2014, Vela scored in the 1–1 draw against Granada. The goal was Vela's 15th league strike of the season—surpassing his tally of 14 from the previous season—and his 20th in all competitions.[40] He was nominated at the season's LFP Awards for the Best Forward in the league, losing out to Cristiano Ronaldo.[41] On 24 June, Vela signed a four-year contract extension which will keep him at Real Sociedad until 2018.[42]

Vela scored his first goal of the 2014–15 season in Real Sociedad's 4–2 win against Real Madrid on 1 September 2014.[43] On 28 November, he scored all of the side's goals as they beat Elche 3–0 for new manager David Moyes' first victory at the club.[44] These were three of his four league goals that month, which once again earned him the La Liga's Player of the Month award.[45]

On 31 January 2015, during Real Sociedad's 1–4 league defeat to Real Madrid, Vela was subbed off in the 17th minute due to a knee injury, which was later reported to be ligament damage, and would require surgery.[46] Though initially reported that Vela would miss the remainder of the season,[46] it was confirmed through a club statement that the injury was an internal meniscus tear and that Vela would be out for two months.[47] He made his return on 22 March against Córdoba, being substituted on for Esteban Granero in the 66th minute and providing an assist in Real Sociedad's 3–1 win.[48]

On 25 October 2015, Vela scored his first two goals of the 2015–16 season in Real Sociedad's 4–0 win over Levante.[49]

On 9 March 2016, it was reported that Vela had been separated from the first team after he failed to report for training two days earlier, claiming he was suffering from gastroenteritis, though a photo began circulating on social media of him attending a Chris Brown concert in Madrid hours after the team's 1–1 draw against Levante.[50][51] He was ultimately fined by the club and ruled out for the team's next match against Celta Vigo.[52] Sociedad manager Eusebio Sacristán, however, named Vela in the squad for the match against Celta, appearing as a second-half substitute in the 0–1 loss.[53]

On 10 April 2017, Vela played in his 200th league match for Real Sociedad in the side's 3–1 victory against Sporting de Gijón, as well as becoming the foreign player with the second-most appearances for the club behind Darko Kovačević.[54]

On 8 August 2017, Real Sociedad announced an agreement with Major League Soccer for Vela to move to the league in 2018.[55] Two days later, it was announced that he would join expansion team Los Angeles FC as their first Designated Player when the transfer window opened on 1 January 2018.[56]

On 20 December 2017, Vela played in his final match for Real Sociedad, scoring the final goal in the team's 3–1 win over Sevilla.[57]

Los Angeles FC[edit]

2018 season[edit]

On 8 August 2017, it was announced that Vela had been signed by Los Angeles FC, becoming the first designated player of the team[58][59] and officially joining the team on 1 January 2018.[60]

On 4 March 2018, Vela made his debut with Los Angeles FC, providing an assist for Diego Rossi's goal in the team's 1–0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC.[61] On 10 March, Vela scored his first goal with Los Angeles, scoring the final goal in a 5–1 thrashing against Real Salt Lake.[62] On 31 March, Vela became the first player ever to score in the El Tráfico derby against LA Galaxy; he scored the first two goals of the game in Los Angeles' dramatic 3–4 defeat.[63] On 13 April, he scored the first goal in a 2–0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[64] A week later he converted a penalty during Los Angeles' 5–3 win over Montreal Impact.[65] On 13 May, he scored Los Angeles' second goal in a 2–2 tie against New York City FC.[66] A couple of days later he scored his teams' only goal against the Portland Timbers in a 2–1 loss.[67]

On 26 July 2018, after conducting a popular vote on Twitter, Vela was voted to captain the MLS side in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game against Juventus,[68] where they initially tied the match 1–1 but went on to lose 5–3 in penalties.[69] Following the departure of club captain Laurent Ciman, Vela was named as succeeding captain.[70] On 22 September 2018, Vela provided two assists to Walker Zimmerman in the 2–0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes.[71] On 12 October, in a league match against Houston Dynamo, he was involved in all of his team's goals in a 4–2 victory as he scored a brace and contributed two assists.[72] In November 2018, he was named into the MLS Best XI of 2018.[73]

2019 season[edit]

Prior to the beginning of the 2019 season, it was reported by Mundo Deportivo that there was interest from Spanish club Barcelona to acquire him on loan,[74] with Vela eventually revealing "It was really close."[75]

On 30 March 2019, Vela scored his first hat-trick with LAFC in their 5–0 away win against the San Jose Earthquakes.[76] Vela scored both goals in a 2–3 loss to city rivals LA Galaxy on 19 July; his first goal was his 20th league goal of the season and he became the fastest player in MLS history to reach that milestone.[77]

He was voted as captain for the second consecutive season via social media for the 2019 MLS All-Star Game against Atlético Madrid.[78]

With his goal against Atlanta United FC on 26 July, Vela drew level with Erick Torres as the highest scoring Mexican in MLS history with 36 goals.[79] On 17 August, Vela scored his 24th goal of the 2019 MLS season from the penalty spot in a 2–0 away win over Real Salt Lake, which saw LAFC clinch the playoffs. With this goal, Vela broke Sebastian Giovinco's 2015 MLS single-season record of most combined goals and assists, with his 39th point of the season (24 goals and 15 assists), one more than Giovinco's 38 (22 goals and 16 assists).[80][81][82] On 25 September, Vela scored the opening goal in a 3–1 home win over the Houston Dynamo from the penalty spot; the victory saw LAFC clinch the Supporters' Shield.[83] On 29 September, Vela scored his 31st goal of the 2019 MLS season in a 1–1 away draw against Minnesota United FC, equaling Josef Martínez's record for most goals in a single MLS season.[84] He broke Martínez's record on 6 October, when he scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 home win over the Colorado Rapids. He finished the season with a record 34 goals and 15 assists, for a combined record of 49 points,[85] which earned him the MLS Golden Boot award as the league's top-scorer.[86]

In the playoffs, on 24 October, Vela scored twice and assisted once in a 5–3 home win over the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference semi-finals.[87] Los Angeles were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals, following a 3–1 home defeat to the Seattle Sounders on 29 October, in which Vela's impact was heavily stifled by the opposing team, who kept the ball away from him; as such, he only managed one shot on goal during the entire match.[88] Vela finished the 2019 season by claiming the MLS Most Valuable Player Award for his performances,[89] winning by a significant margin over Galaxy rival Zlatan Ibrahimović and Atlanta United FC forward Josef Martínez.[90] He also finished in the global top ten of goalscorers with 38 goals.[91]

2020 season[edit]

On 18 February 2020, Vela played his first professional match against a Mexican club, León, in the first leg of that year's CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 which ended in a 0–2 away loss.[92] On 27 February, during the second leg of the round, Vela would score a brace, contributing to a 3–2 aggregate victory, helping LAFC qualify into the quarter-finals.[93]

On 1 March, Vela scored LAFC's only goal against newcomers Inter Miami CF, which his team won 1–0. On 6 July, Los Angeles FC announced that Vela would be not traveling with the club for the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Florida because of his wife's pregnancy.[94] Vela returned to action with the team on 22 August, in a 2–0 loss to rivals LA Galaxy,[95] but had to be substituted out due to an injury on his left knee, ruling him out for an indefinite amount of time.[96] After two months, he returned to the playing field on 25 October facing LA Galaxy again, coming on as a second-half substitute and sealing the 2–0 victory with a chipped goal during stoppage time, thus becoming the leading scorer of El Tráfico history with 10 goals.[97][98]

On 16 December, following the CONCACAF Champions League's presumption after the COVID-19 pandemic, Vela scored a penalty to equalize for LAFC in their quarter-final victory against Mexican side Cruz Azul, as they came from behind to advance to the next round.[99] On 19 December, after his side were down 0–1 with a man sent off, Vela scored a brace within the first two minutes of the second half in LAFC's semi-final match against Club América in a 3–1 victory, as they became the first MLS team to defeat three Mexican sides in the same Champions League tournament.[100] Three days later, Vela played all 90 minutes in LAFC's 2–1 defeat to Tigres UANL in the final.[101][102] He was subsequently included in the competition's best XI, having scored a total of five goals in the tournament.[103]

2021 season[edit]

On 17 April 2021, Vela played his first match against new MLS club Austin FC. However, he was subbed at the 22nd minute due to injury. He returned on 16 May in a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders. Vela came into the match at the 70th minute. On 23 June, Vela scored his first goal of the season against FC Dallas, which resulted in a 2-0 win for LAFC. During the match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Vela injured his right quad and was subbed at the 16th minute. As a result, Vela missed the 2021 MLS All-Star Game.[104]

International career[edit]


Vela played in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, held in Peru, where he helped Mexico to victory. He would go on to score 3 goals in the group stage, 1 against Uruguay in a 2–0 win and 2 against Australia in a 3–0 win. He would also score Mexico's final goal in a 3–1 victory against Costa Rica during a.e.t. during the quarterfinals, and once reaching the final against Brazil, he scored Mexico's first goal in their 3–0 victory. He subsequently finished as top scorer with five goals, claiming the Adidas Golden Boot.[7]

Vela was part of the under-20 team that participated at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.


Early years[edit]

During his stay at Osasuna, Vela made his international debut for the senior national team on 12 September 2007, in a friendly match against Brazil, losing 3–1.[105] On 18 October 2007, he scored his first senior international goal for Mexico in a friendly against Guatemala in Los Angeles.[106]

On 8 June 2008, Vela scored his second senior international goal in a friendly against Peru in the 20th minute to help Mexico to a 4–0 victory. A match later for Mexico, he scored in their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying opener against Belize making the match 1–0. In the return leg against Belize, he again scored the opening goal of the match and beginning the 7–0 rout in favour of El Tri.

In July 2009, Vela represented Mexico at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He started in Mexico's opener against Nicaragua. Five minutes into the match, an opposing player tackled Vela and he fell awkwardly on his right leg. X-rays, however, showed he did not break anything and could play again in the tournament.[107] Mexico advanced to the semi-finals against Costa Rica, where Vela would make his return in the 81st minute. After extra time, the game was tied 1–1 and went to penalties. After Guillermo Ochoa saved Froylán Ledezma's penalty, Vela scored Mexico's fifth penalty to send them to the final. In the final against the United States, Vela was brought on at half time with the score deadlocked at 0–0. Mexico went on to defeat the United States 5–0 with Vela providing the pass to Giovani dos Santos for the first penalty, creating the second goal, scoring the third and assisting the fourth.[108]

On 10 October 2009, during a World Cup qualifying match against El Salvador, Vela scored one goal and provided an assist in a 4–1 victory, helping Mexico for the tournament.

On 3 June 2010, Vela scored his first international goal against a team from Europe, in a friendly match against Italy. He scored the first goal of the game with an assist from Giovani dos Santos. Mexico would win the match 2–1.[109] In the opening match of the tournament against hosts South Africa, he was a starting left-winger, coming out on the 69th minute for Cuauhtémoc Blanco in a 1–1 tie. In the following group match against France, Vela was subbed off in the 31st minute for Pablo Barrera due to injury and would miss the following matches against Uruguay and Argentina.[110][111]


On 21 September 2010, the Mexican Football Federation announced that Vela and teammate Efraín Juárez would be suspended from the Mexico national team for six months for their involvement in a party on 7 September in Monterrey following a game with Colombia.[112] Vela and 12 other players were also fined 50,000 Mexican pesos (approximately US$3,953 as of 24 September 2010), used to help the flood victims in the Mexican state of Veracruz.[113]

After his suspension, Vela returned to the national team after head coach José Manuel de la Torre called him up for a friendly match against Venezuela in March 2011, his final match with the national team for three years. He was omitted from that year's Gold Cup which Mexico went on to win. Vela was included in the preliminary roster for the 2011 Copa América but Arsenal refused to allow him to go, citing that it wasn't a CONCACAF tournament.[114] He refused a call-up to participate in the 2012 London Olympics, which Mexico went on to win, due to wanting to establish himself with his new club Real Sociedad.[115] He declined a third time to join the national team in March 2013 for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against the United States and Honduras due to personal reasons.[116]

After De La Torre was sacked, Vela declared his wish to return to play for Mexico. In September 2013, Víctor Manuel Vucetich called him up for World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica; however, Vela declined once again to come back to the national team.[117] Afterwards, Vucetich refused to make any more comments regarding Vela, calling it a "closed case".[118] On 3 February 2014, new national team coach Miguel Herrera flew to Spain with officials from the Mexican Football Federation to meet with Vela and gauge his interest in representing the national team. After the meeting, Vela expressed that he was not "100 percent mentally ready to represent Mexico", subsequently ruling out his participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[119]


Vela converting a penalty kick against South Korea at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

In November 2014, after a three-year absence, Vela accepted a call up from Miguel Herrera to the national team for the friendly matches against the Netherlands and Belarus.[120] He scored twice on his return as Mexico defeated the Dutch 3–2 at the Amsterdam Arena on 12 November.[121]

Vela was called up to participate in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup,[122] scoring in the team's opening match against Cuba on 9 July.[123] On 15 July, Vela scored his second goal in the competition in Mexico's 4–4 draw against Trinidad and Tobago. In the quarterfinal and semi-final matches against Costa Rica and Panama, respectively, Vela received two yellow cards, meaning he would miss the final against Jamaica,[124] in which Mexico achieved a 3–1 victory.[125] He was subsequently called up by Ricardo Ferretti for the CONCACAF Cup – a play-off match to determine CONCACAF's entry into the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup – against the United States, appearing as an unused substitute in Mexico's 3–2 victory.[126]

In May 2017, he was called up by Juan Carlos Osorio to be included in the roster to participate in the Confederations Cup in Russia.[127] Appearing as a starter in Mexico's first group stage match against Portugal, he would provide a low cross assist for Javier Hernández to score Mexico's first goal in a match that was eventually tied 2–2.[128] He would go on to appear in Mexico's final group stage match against Russia and third place play-off against Portugal.[129]

In May 2018, Vela was named in Mexico's preliminary 28-man squad for the World Cup,[130] and in June, was ultimately included in the final 23-man roster.[131] On 23 June, in Mexico's second group stage match against South Korea, he scored their first goal via a penalty kick in the 2–1 victory; it was also his first World Cup goal for Mexico.[132] He appeared in all group stage matches and the round of 16 loss against Brazil.[133] Following the departure of manager Osorio, Ferretti was appointed as interim manager of the national team and did not include him in the roster for the post-World Cup September friendlies. Vela insisted on respecting Ferretti's decision and wished them luck.[134]

In January 2019, Gerardo Martino was named as the new manager for the national team and did not call up Vela for his first friendlies in March, stating he wanted to see other players in action and that the door is not necessarily closed on future call-ups, although it was unclear if Vela wanted to continue his international career.[135] In May, it was reported that Vela was not interested in being called up for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[136] In November, he stated that he is willing to return to the national team if called up.[137] In May 2020, he declared that the 2018 World Cup was his final appearance with the national team.[138]

Style of play[edit]

Regarded as a promising player in his youth, gifted with skill and natural flair, former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger described Vela as a player who is "...naturally gifted, quick, intelligent and with very good technique".[139] He also labelled him as a "special talent", stating "I like [Vela's] intelligence and his pace. He scores goals but he can also create them."[140]

Vela's playing style has been described as being able to "beat his man off the dribble," and "his linking up with teammates presents danger. [Looking through his first season] shows his willingness to work combinations across the entire attacking third of the pitch."[141]

A left-footed player, Vela is known for his speed, technique, and vision.[142] Collin Carpio has noted that while Vela is typically deployed on the right wing, he can also play as a striker, commenting in 2016: "[w]hen he's in-form, the 27-year-old can be lethal cutting inside from the flanks, and he's proven that he can setup [sic] goals for his teammates."[143]

He is known for scoring chipped goals.[144]

Outside football[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Carlos older brother, Alejandro, is a former professional footballer.[145]

Vela became a father in November 2016 to a son Romeo, with his Spanish then-girlfriend Saioa Cañibano, whom he met during his time at Real Sociedad.[146] Vela became a father for a second time in October 2020 to a daughter India, also with Saioa, whom he married.[147]

Vela has stated he is not passionate about football,[148] saying, "I really like basketball, I've always said that I would one thousand times rather watch a basketball game than a football one."[149]

On 4 March 2020, Los Angeles FC announced that Vela had obtained a green card, qualifying him as a domestic player for Major League Soccer roster purposes.[150]


He appeared on the North American front cover of the FIFA 11 video game along with Kaká and Landon Donovan.[151] He would appear again on the FIFA 20 MVP Edition.[152] During the 2019 Major League Soccer season Vela appeared in a Target commercial alongside LAFC teammate Adama Diomande and other MLS players.[153]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 9 December 2023[154][155][156][157]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Salamanca (loan) 2006–07 Segunda División 31 8 1 0 32 8
Osasuna (loan) 2007–08 La Liga 33 3 33 3
Arsenal 2008–09 Premier League 14 1 4 1 3 4 8[c] 0 29 6
2009–10 Premier League 11 1 4 0 2 1 5[c] 0 22 2
2010–11 Premier League 4 1 1 0 4 0 4[c] 2 13 3
Total 29 3 9 1 9 5 17 2 64 11
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2010–11 Premier League 8 2 8 2
Real Sociedad (loan) 2011–12 La Liga 35 12 2 0 37 12
Real Sociedad 2012–13 La Liga 35 14 2 0 37 14
2013–14 La Liga 37 16 7 2 8[c] 3 52 21
2014–15 La Liga 29 9 1 1 2[d] 0 32 10
2015–16 La Liga 35 5 1 0 36 5
2016–17 La Liga 35 9 4 1 39 10
2017–18 La Liga 13 1 2 0 2[d] 0 17 1
Total 184 54 17 4 12 3 213 61
Los Angeles FC 2018 MLS 28 14 2 1 1 0 31 15
2019 MLS 31 34 3 2 2 2 36 38
2020 MLS 7 4 1 0 5[e] 5 13 9
2021 MLS 20 5 20 5
2022 MLS 32 12 3 0 3 0 38 12
2023 MLS 34 9 0 0 5 0 8[e] 3 2[f] 2 49 14
Total 152 78 8 3 12 2 13 8 2 2 187 93
Career total 472 160 37 8 21 7 42 13 2 2 574 190
  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey, FA Cup and U.S. Open Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup and MLS Cup Playoffs
  3. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ a b Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
  6. ^ One appearance and two goals in Leagues Cup, one appearance in Campeones Cup


Appearances and goals by national team and year[158]
National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2007 2 1
2008 11 3
2009 9 3
2010 11 2
2011 2 0
2014 2 2
2015 11 4
2016 1 0
2017 15 3
2018 8 1
Total 72 19
Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Vela goal.
List of international goals scored by Carlos Vela[154]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 October 2007 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Guatemala 1–1 2–3 Friendly
2 8 June 2008 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Peru 3–0 4–0 Friendly
3 15 June 2008 Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States  Belize 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 21 June 2008 Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico  Belize 1–0 7–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 23 June 2009 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, United States  Venezuela 1–0 4–0 Friendly
6 26 July 2009 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  United States 3–0 5–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
7 10 October 2009 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  El Salvador 4–1 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 3 March 2010 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States  New Zealand 2–0 2–0 Friendly
9 3 June 2010 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels, Belgium  Italy 1–0 2–1 Friendly
10 12 November 2014 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 1–0 3–2 Friendly
11 2–1
12 9 July 2015 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Cuba 2–0 6–0 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
13 15 July 2015 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, United States  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 4–4 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
14 13 October 2015 Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca, Mexico  Panama 1–0 1–0 Friendly
15 13 November 2015 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  El Salvador 3–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 1 June 2017 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  Republic of Ireland 3–0 3–1 Friendly
17 11 June 2017 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  United States 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 10 October 2017 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Honduras 2–1 2–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
19 23 June 2018 Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia  South Korea 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup


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