Carlos Vela

Carlos Vela
Carlos Vela
Carlos Vela
Real Name: Carlos Vela
HT: 5' 10" WT: 162
Designated Player
Age: 29 (03/01/1989)
Birthplace: Cancun, Mexico
Hometown: Cancun, Mexico


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


  • FIFA U-17 World Cup: 2005 with Mexico 
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Boot: 2005 
  • Gold Cup Winner:  2009, 2015  
  • CONCACAF Cup: 2015 with Mexico 
  • Real Sociedad Player of the Year:  2011-12, 2013-14 seasons 
  • La Liga Player of the Month: Dec. 2013, Nov. 2014 


2016-2017 (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.  

2015-2016 (Real Sociedad, La Liga):  

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

2014-2015 (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.  

2013-2014 (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. 

2012-2013 (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.  

2011-2012 (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.  

2010-2011 (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.  

2009-2010 (Arsenal, English Premier League): 

  • Ankle injury kept him sidelined until September.  

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

2008-2009 (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.  

2007-2008 (Osasuna, La Liga):  

  • Loaned by Salamanaca to La Liga club Osasuna. 

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

2006-2007 (Salamanca, Spanish Segunda División):  

  • Loaned to Spanish Segunda División club Salamanca from Arsenal. 

  • Scored eight goals in 31 appearances.  

2005-2006 (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. 


  • Played eight matches for the Mexico U-17 National Team, scoring five goals to win the Golden Boot at the U-17 World Championships.  


  • Made Mexican National Team debut in September, 2007 vs. Brazil. 

  • Made 64 appearances for El Tri, including the 2010 World Cup. 


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

  • Serious basketball fan, was given a choice to make by his father at the age of 12 to pick basketball or soccer, eventually choosing soccer. 

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

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

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

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