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Carlos Vela
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Vela with Mexico at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido
Date of birth 1 March 1989 (1989-03-01) (age 33)
Place of birth Cancún, Mexico
Height 1.78 m
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Los Angeles FC
Number 10
Youth career
2002–2005 Guadalajara
2005–2006 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2012 Arsenal 29 (3)
2005–2006 Celta Vigo (loan) 0 (0)
2006–2007 → Salamanca (loan) 31 (8)
2007–2008 Osasuna (loan) 33 (3)
2010–2011 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 8 (2)
2011–2012 Real Sociedad (loan) 35 (12)
2012–2018 Real Sociedad 184 (54)
2018– Los Angeles FC 62 (50)
National team
2005 Mexico U17 8 (5)
2007 Mexico U20 8 (0)
2007–2018 Mexico 72 (19)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2020.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2019 (UTC)

Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido (born 1 March 1989) is a Mexican professional footballer. He plays as a winger who captains MLS club Los Angeles FC.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Salamanca (loan) 2006–07 Segunda División 31 8 1 0 32 8
Osasuna (loan) 2007–08 La Liga 33 3 0 0 33 3
Arsenal 2008–09 Premier League 14 1 4 1 3 4 8 0 29 6
2009–10 11 1 2 0 2 1 5 0 20 2
2010–11 4 1 1 0 4 0 4 2 13 3
Total 29 3 7 1 9 5 17 2 62 11
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2010–11 Premier League 8 2 8 2
Real Sociedad (loan) 2011–12 La Liga 35 12 2 0 37 12
Real Sociedad 2012–13 35 14 2 0 37 14
2013–14 37 16 7 2 8 3 52 21
2014–15 29 9 1 1 2 0 32 10
2015–16 35 5 1 0 36 5
2016–17 35 9 4 1 39 10
2017–18 13 1 2 0 2 0 17 1
Total 219 66 19 4 12 3 250 73
Los Angeles FC 2018 MLS 28 14 2 1 1 0 31 15
2019 31 34 3 2 2 2 36 38
2020 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 4
Total 62 50 5 3 3 2 2 2 72 57
Career Total 382 132 32 8 12 7 30 7 457 154

International

Mexico national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 2 1
2008 11 3
2009 9 3
2010 11 2
2011 2 0
2014 2 2
2015 11 4
2016 1 0
2017 15 3
2018 8 1
Total 72 19

International goals

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 October 2007 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Guatemala 1–1 2–3 Friendly
2. 8 June 2008 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Peru 3–0 4–0
3. 15 June 2008 Reliant Stadium, Houston, United States  Belize 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 21 June 2008 Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico 1–0 7–0
5. 23 June 2009 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, United States  Venezuela 1–0 4–0 Friendly
6. 26 July 2009 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  United States 3–0 5–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
7. 10 October 2009 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  El Salvador 4–1 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 3 March 2010 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States  New Zealand 2–0 2–0 Friendly
9. 3 June 2010 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels, Belgium  Italy 1–0 2–1
10. 12 November 2014 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 1–0 3–2
11. 2–1
12. 9 July 2015 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Cuba 2–0 6–0 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
13. 15 July 2015 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, United States  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 4–4
14. 13 October 2015 Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca, Mexico  Panama 1–0 1–0 Friendly
15. 13 November 2015 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  El Salvador 3–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
16. 1 June 2017 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  Ireland 3–0 3–1 Friendly
17. 11 June 2017 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico  United States 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
18. 10 October 2017 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Honduras 2–1 2–3
19. 23 June 2018 Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia  Korea Republic 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup

Honours

Club

Los Angeles FC

International

Mexico U-17

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup: 2005

Mexico

Individual

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