Player Details

Name

Carlos Vela

Height

5' 10"

Weight

170 lbs

Date of Birth

3.1.1989 (32)

Birthplace

Cancún, Quintana Roo Mexico

Position

Forward

Position Detail

Winger

Preferred Side

Left/Right

Footedness

Left

Roster Category

Senior

Player Category

Designated Player
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season

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Career Summary

ACQUIRED  

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

CAREER MILESTONES  

  • MLS Supporters’ Shield Winner: 2019  
  • Landon Donovan MLS MVP: 2019  
  • MLS Golden Boot: 2019  
  • MLS Records: Most Goals By One Player In A Season (2019, 34); Most Goals / Assists By One Player In A Season (2019, 34 / 15); Most Goals By A Duo In A Season (2019, Carlos Vela / Diego Rossi, 50); Fastest Player To Score 20 Goals (2019, 21 Games); Most Goals Scored By Mexican Player (MLS Career)(2019, 48)  
  • MLS Best XI: 2018, 2019  
  • MLS All-Star: 2018, 2019  
  • MLS Player of the Month: 2019, Mar., Apr., Sept./Oct.  
  • MLS Player of the Week: 2018 Week 33; 2019 Weeks two, five, 18, 25, 30, 31  
  • MLS Team of the Week: 2018Weeks two, five, seven, eight, 27, 33; 2019 Weeks two, three, five, six, seven, eight, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 30, 31 ; 2020, Week 1 
  • 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  

PROFESSIONAL  

2020 (Los Angeles Football Club): 

  • Appeared in seven matches, starting four for a total of 332 minutes.  
  • Scored four goals and added an assist. 
  • Suffered Grade 2 MCL injury in his left knee in the 56th minute of LAFC's 2-0 loss to the Galaxy on August 22. Returned on October 25 in 2-0 loss to the Galaxy.  
  • Earned MLS Team of the Week honors for week 1. 
  • Played 90’ at forward during 1-1 draw vs. POR on 11/8; tallied fourth goal of season. 

2019 (Los Angeles Football Club):  

  • Made 31 regular season starts, capturing all-time MLS records in goals scored (34), most goals and assists by one player in a season (34 / 15), in 2,726’ minutes played.  
  • Started both MLS Cup Playoff matches, tallying two goals and one assist in the 5-3 Western Conference Semifinal win vs. the LA Galaxy on October 24.  
  • Set a number of MLS single season records including: most goals by one player in a season (2019, 34); most goals / assists by one player in a season (2019, 34 / 15); most goals by a duo in a season (2019, Carlos Vela / Diego Rossi, 50); fastest player to score 20 goals (2019, 21 games); most goals scored by Mexican player (MLS career)(2019, 48).  
  • Had two hat tricks, first in the 5-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes on March 30; second against the Colorado Rapids in the last game of the regular season, a 3-1 win on October 6 where he broke the goal-scoring record.  
  • Had seven multi-goal games.  
  • Started three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, adding two goals and an assist.  
  • Earned the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award.  
  • Earned the MLS Golden Boot award.  
  • MLS All-Star Game Fan XI and named MLS All-Star Captain for second straight year.  
  • Earned MLS Player of the Month honors in March, April and September/October.  
  • Earned MLS Player of the Week honors inweeks two, five, 18, 25, 30, 31.  
  • Earned MLS Team of the Week honors in weeks two, three, five, six, seven, eight, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 30, 31.  

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 Arsenalbefore 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.  

INTERNATIONAL  

  • 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.  

PERSONAL  

  • 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 plays 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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