Vela: “I played in the team I wanted, San Sebastián is my home”

first_imgVela was challenged by his partner to the game ‘Start, Bench and Cut’ (Holder, Alternate and Discarded), in which the Aztec had to decide which city would be his ‘holder’, which would be ‘substitute’ and which would be discarded between London, San Sebastian and Los Angeles. Without hesitation, he chose London as his discard.For the Aztec, the time he spent in the British capital were “hard times, very hard.” “The best day of the week was Thursdays, when I met Gio (Dos Santos) to go to a Mexican restaurant to eat tacos.“He declared. For a Mexican, the weather conditions in England are harsh, as Vela shows: “I woke up and it was dark, I came back from training and it was dark, I ate and it was dark. I could go on like this all day“ The Mexican Carlos Vela, Los Angeles franchise player and MLS MVP last season, He has participated in the podcast ‘Shootin’ The Shot ’together with his partner Jordan Harvey and the club’s Chief of Business, Larry Freedman. In this talk, the Cancun footballer spoke of his time at Arsenal and, of course, Real Sociedad. “It was a different culture, a different language, I had no friends,” he added. Cesc Fábregas, with whom he coincided at Arsenal, was his great support and a fundamental piece for his adaptation. “The one who was always with me the most was Fábregas; we shared the same language, he always told me the right things. It helped me introduce myself to life in London, to culture. He taught me many things, “confessed Vela. The Mexican arrived in England after the U-17 World Cup in 2005. “Before the World Cup, he was just a young man following his dreams trying to reach the First Division in Mexico and do something good in soccer.; but after that it was to go to London, sign for Arsenal. I was not ready for that; It was all too fast and I was very young, “he acknowledged.” Out of nowhere you start to be a recognized player, “he continued,”they start talking about you, you start making money and it starts to go to your head“After several transfers, he ended up in the Royal Society. Vela chooses, without hesitation, San Sebastián as its “titular” city. “San Sebastián is my home“He explained,” It is where I made my family, it is my place. ” At the txuri-urdin club he spent six and a half seasons, in which he became a legend of the Donostia club and one of the most loved players by the fans. Throughout those years, there were several “greats” who were interested in the talented Mexican attacker. Many, in fact, they assure that it had more quality than Antoine Griezmann, with whom he formed a wonderful duo that returned Real to the Champions League. Precisely, the fact of not going to a ‘bigger’ club has been the reason why many have attributed lack of ambition. Vela responded to those criticisms: “I played in the team that I wanted, in the place that I made my life. Where I met my wife, where my son arrived. I was very happy to stay in San Sebastián until I came to Los Angeles, because there I became a man and I became a family man. There was a Carlos before and another after San Sebastián“Now, he is living his best moment as a footballer in Los Angeles, a team he came to in 2016 as a franchise player. Upon arrival, he was “excited I felt like ‘I’m the first and I have to try to do something special’”, He declared. “I am Carlos Vela and I want to give everything to do something great,” he thought. And he achieve it. The Mexican broke Josef Martínez’s scoring record last season with 34 goals in 31 games. He also gave 15 assists, also surpassing Giovinco as the player who has participated in the most goals in an MLS season, a record to which Vela gives the most importance. “I give more importance to this”, since it shows that it is not only “a player who is there waiting for the ball to score, I like to help my teammates“last_img read more

From the bench to the back of the net – episode three: London

first_imgtalkSPORT has teamed up with Royal Naval Reserve to bring you a series of brilliant documentaries exploring the very special role of the substitute in football.And in this episode we look at some of the greatest subs in London.For more information on the Royal Naval Reserve, visit royalnavy.mod.uk/rnrTo listen to previous episodes of ‘From the bench to the back of the net’, click herelast_img