It was 2007, and Carlos Vela was considered one of the top young football players. Born in 1989 in Mexico, the versatile player started his career at 'Guadalajara' where he played alongside his brother, Alejandro Vela.
Carlos' father also played soccer when he was younger but a bad injury forced him out of the field for good. But he did pass the love for this sport to his kids. Encouraged by his father, Carlos Vela got enrolled into different local football teams: the first one was called 'Ko Cha Wolis' but that was just the start of it all.
After Mexico won the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, with Carlos Vela ending top-scorer of the tournament, the 'Guadalajara' offered him a contract. Find the latest news about Major League Soccer by clicking on the link!
Since he had an outstanding performance during his stay with the Mexican club, Vela attracted the English team 'Arsenal' who signed him on a five-year deal.
He didn't get to play due to work permit restrictions for non-EU citizens, and Vela was loaned to the Spanish team 'Celta de Vigo', where he didn't play a single game either.
In season 2006/07, Carlos was sent to the Spanish B-team 'Salamanca'. He helped the club to score 53 goals, eight of which he scored himself. After this performance, Vela was loaned for one year to the Spanish 'Osasuna'.
In 2008 he returned to 'Arsenal' and finally, debuted in the Premier League in a match against 'Newcastle United'. He had great 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons and was then loaned to 'West Bromwich Albion' for the 2010/11 season. The last loan was to 'Real Sociedad' in 2011, where he had a very good performance.
Real Sociedad and his departure to the USA
Vela was officially transferred to 'Real Sociedad' from 'Arsenal' in 2012. During the 2012/13, Carlos scored 14 goals and had nine assists. He played for the Spanish team until December 2017.
In August 2017, 'Real Sociedad' announced Vela would be transferred to the USA's Major League Soccer, 'Los Angeles FC'. He played 29 games, scored 14 goals and 11 assists during the first season with the LAFC, and has played there ever since.
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