Carlos Vela hasn’t been called to Mexico National Team since Juan Carlos Osorio was still coaching the Aztec squad, as the last game he played wearing El Tri colors was in the round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when they were eliminated by Brazil.
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Since then, Vela has broken the record for more goals scored in a single MLS season, with 34 goals, and was named the 2019 Landon Donovan MLS MVP in the same season, but that hasn’t been enough for Gerardo “Tata” Martino to call him to the Aztec squad.
Martino knows well that they could use a player like Vela, not only for the skills he has, but also of the threat he is for the rival defenders, as he can score practically from anywhere inside and outside the box, but issues outside of sport have kept him blacklisted.
Vela knows that, and even if he announced his retirement over a month ago, he’s still willing to return to the Mexican national team, although it won’t be for Qatar 2022, unless FMF parts ways with Gerardo Martino and calls a new coach.
Who is the coach that can make Vela return to El Tri?
Just like it happened after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where Vela didn’t want to play as he was focused on other things instead of El Tri, Miguel Herrera is the coach that could convince him to return to the Mexican national team.
And even if he was scolded by Tigres management after revealing himself as a candidate to take over the position of Gerardo Martino if he decided to step down given his health issues, “El Piojo” knows that he’ll be ready to leave Los Felinos if FMF asked him to.
Although Yon de Luisa backed up Gerardo Martino and his process, there’s still a chance for him to leave Mexico National Team before the World Cup, as his health can prevent him from travelling with the Aztec squad to Qatar.
There’s another option for El Tri
If Herrera couldn’t take over the team, FMF has a second option to replace Gerardo Martino, as they are also considering Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti, given that he’s one of the most experienced coaches in Liga MX and that he’ll become a free agent at the end of the season.