Carlos Vela

Carlos Vela
Carlos Vela
Carlos Vela
Carlos Vela
HT: 5' 10" WT: 162
Designated Player
Age: 31 (01/03/1989)
Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico



Signed with the Club in Aug. 2017 as the First Designated Player in Club History.  



  • MLS Team of the Week (2018):Week 2, Week 5, Week 7, Week 8, Week 27, Week 33 

  • MLS Player of the Week (2018): Week 33 

  • MLS Best XI: 2018 

  • MLS All-Star Team and Team Captain: 2018   

  • Gold Cup Winner:  2009, 2015   

  • CONCACAF Cup Winner: 2015   

  • Real Sociedad Player of the Year: 2011-12, 2013-14   

  • La Liga Player of the Month: Dec. 2013, Nov. 2014  

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Winner: 2005   

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Boot: 2005  



2018 (Los Angeles Football Club)  

  • Started 26 of 28 regular season appearances, scoring 14 goals and adding 13 assists (2,378 total minutes played).  

  • Tallied first MLS goal in 5-1 win at Real Salt Lake on March 10.  

  • Named to MLS Team of the Week (Weeks 2, 5, 7, 8, 27, 33); Player of the Week (Week 33).  

  • Named to 2018 MLS All-Star Team and voted as 2018 All-Star Team Captain. 

  • Appeared in two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, earning a goal and five shots.  

  • Started the Club’s first ever playoff game, a 2 -3 loss to Real Salt Lake on November 1, adding an assist and five shots.  

2016 - 17 (Real Sociedad, La Liga):   

  • Started 35 games, scoring 10 goals and two assists across all competitions.   

  • On April 10, 2017 made his debut appearance for Real Sociedad, the second most appearances for a foreign player with 200, behind only Darko Kovacevic.   

  • Scored the third goal in his final game for Real Sociedad (Dec. 20) in a 3-1 victory over La Liga Club.   

2015 - 16 (Real Sociedad, La Liga):   

  • Started 32 games, scoring 5 goals and 4 assists across all competitions.   

2014 - 15 (Real Sociedad, La Liga):   

  • Appeared in 30 matches (24 starts), scoring 10 goals with four assists across all competitions.   

  • Won La Liga Player of the Month for December 2014.   

  • Did not play from Jan 31st to March 22nd as a result of a knee injury.   

2013 - 14 (Real Sociedad, La Liga):   

  • Appeared in 50 matches (45 starts) including six Champions League matches, scoring 19 goals and 12 assists across all competitions.   

  • Scored two goals to ensure Real Sociedad’s advancement to the Champions League Group Stage against Olympique Lyonnais, La Real’s first group stage appearance in 10 years.   

  • Scored two goals vs. Celta Vigo at home on Nov. 23, 2013.  

2012 - 13 (Real Sociedad, La Liga):   

  • Officially transferred to Real Sociedad, joining the La Liga club in July, 2012.   

  • Appeared in 36 matches (32 starts), scoring 14 goals and nine assists across all competitions.   

2011 - 12 (Real Sociedad, La Liga):  

  •  Loaned from Arsenal to Real Sociedad of Spain’s La Liga, joining the club in August, 2011.   

  • Started 29 matches, scoring 12 goals and 7 assists across all competitions for Real Sociedad.   

2010 - 11 (Arsenal, English Premier League / West Bromwich Albion, English Premier League):  

  • Appeared in 11 matches for Arsenal before joining West Bromwich Albion FC in February, 2011 on loan until the end of the 2010-2011 season.   

  • Scored his first goal in his third match for West Brom with a 92nd minute equalizer against the Wolverhampton Wanderers.   

2009 - 10 (Arsenal, English Premier League):  

  • Ankle injury kept him sidelined until September.   

  • Started eight matches, scoring two goals and five assists across all competitions.   

2008 - 09 (Arsenal, English Premier League):   

  • Made his competitive debut for Arsenal on August 30, 2008 against Newcastle.   

  • In his first career start with the Club (September, 23 2008), Vela scored a hat-trick in 6-0 win against Sheffield United in the League Cup (the second goal was voted as one of Arsenal’s 50 greatest goals).  

  • Finished the season with six goals, four assists, and 29 appearances across all competitions.   

2007 - 08 (Osasuna, La Liga):   

  • Loaned by Salamanaca to La Liga club Osasuna.  

  • Appeared in 33 matches (21 starts), registering three goals and four assists.   

2006 - 07 (Salamanca, Spanish Segunda División):   

  • Loaned to Spanish Segunda División club Salamanca from Arsenal.  

  • Scored eight goals in 31 appearances.   

2005 - 06 (Chivas Guadalajara, Liga MX / Celta Vigo, La Liga):  

  • Began his professional career with Chivas Guadalajara after being signed from the club’s youth system.  

  • Signed a five-year deal with Arsenal of the Premier League and was then loaned to Celta de Vigo of Spain’s La Liga.  



  • Started 6 of 6 appearances with the Mexican National team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  

  • Scored one goal in the 2-1 victory in the group stage match versus South Korea. (total of 315 minutes played   

  • Played eight matches for the Mexico U-17 National Team, scoring five goals to en route to winning the tournament as well as the Golden Boot at the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 2005.   

  • Overall, has appeared in 72 matches, scoring 19 goals and adding nine assists across all competitions for the Mexican National Team.  



  • Dedicated his U-17 World Cup Golden Boot Award to his father, as the winning game was on his father’s birthday.   

  • Favorite sport other than soccer is basketball.  

  • Has an older brother, Alejandro Vela, who played for Venados FC Yucatán of the Mexican second division.  

  • Favorite food is Pizza.  

  • He and wife Saioa, welcomed son Romeo in 2016.  

  • Follow Carlos on Twitter @11carlosV and Instagram @carlosv11_

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