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Name Carlos Vela
Gender Male
Ethnic Mexican
  Angelenos
Job Mexican Footballer

Affiliation

Org Mexico National Team
Club as Player LAFC

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Vela easily beat out Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the L.A. Galaxy, Josef Martinez of Atlanta United FC and Maxi Moralez of NYCFC by receiving almost 70 percent of the combined vote by the players, clubs and media] It’s a pleasure. It’s a privilege to be the MVP of the league. It’s the reward to all my effort, my work I make every day. And this is a trophy for all the club, all my teammates, for me, for my family. So, I’m really happy to be the MVP

[Vela hoped the award would inspire others from his country as he became the first MLS player of Mexican descent to win the award] I always try to put Mexico on the top of everything. So, this award is something cool for me because I try to show to the world the Mexicans, that we are good. We are doing great things. I hope this can help another person to try to be important and try to be the best in his job

[Vela on Coach Bradley] Coach is different. Every coach has a different way to come into a player. Bob, I think gets the right way to go for me. He helped me a lot. He pushed me hard to be the best player and finally we get it. So, this award is part of

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Carlos Vela has admitted that he ‘wasn’t ready’ to make the move to Arsenal when he arrived as a 16-year-old] Before the 2005 World Cup, I 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, I went to London, to sign for Arsenal. I was not ready for that, everything was too fast, and I was very young. It was a very difficult moment for me.

I would not say that it was a moment of great pressure, but mentally you are not prepared for so much. It was a difficult moment because you need time to process everything and start getting down and being normal, the first year it was difficult to be myself, to enjoy life and play, to be normal.

But when you start you feel that you are the best of all and that you can do everything and nobody can tell you anything, that was the first mistake I made, over the years I was a better person and a better player

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Carlos Vela ensures that Chicharito is very bad in FIFA 20] He is very good and Chicharito it is very bad, easy. I’ve played against him, is very badspeaks and speaks but is very bad. [He joke] I had marked a lot of goals with those black boots. And after the last game of the season, is lost. If you would not have scored more with the new, I would have killed someone

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Vela embracing responsibility of being Los Angeles’ soccer superstar] You are never ready for that kind of spotlight, but when you’re here and you see how sports are, how life is being in one of the biggest cities in the world, you have to be like that. You have to take more responsibility and show something different. When you are there with the best and when you are the best, you have to be there and show how good you are and try and bring something to the people. With that part, I feel really comfortable living here and playing here. I want to be the best every day

It’s an honor to be recognized in LA. It’s something really cool. It’s something, you don’t work for that, but when you see that you are doing your best, you are trying to do something for you, for your talent, for the city, and when the people recognize that, you feel special

It was a hard moment. At 17 years old, you move from Cancun to London, you’re excited for that but it’s a big change. When you’re not mature, you have more problems, more troubles. Your head isn’t ready to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world. That part was difficult for me. But, honestly, I’m proud to have Arsenal as part of my career. I had good things there. After that, my life changed. I was able to get more experienced, more mature. I’m a better player because of it because you have to have bad moments to improve, to work more. It makes you say, ‘I don’t want to be back in that bad moment’. I want to be in good moments like I am now, so I’m working to keep myself at a high level. Working hard, training hard, taking care of my body, those are the things that, when you are young, you don’t think it is important. That part, I learned from that experience. That’s why I’m the person I am now

When I came here, I never expected to make that big of an impact but now that I’m here, I’ve seen things in the league, I get to be a part of BODYARMOR with a lot of good athletes, I feel that I am moving in the right direction and doing things right. It’s putting more pressure on myself to work more and be a better player and a better person too. When they called me to be part of the campaign, it was like, ‘Of course I want to be part of that’. James Harden, Kobe was part of this…I’m proud to be part of this group.

I want to win MLS Cup. It’s the most important thing for me. When you win something individually, it feels good but, in the end, football or soccer is a team sport. If I want to be in the history of MLS or the history of LAFC, I have to win titles. That’s my goal. I hope this season or next season I can be MVP again, I can win championships and be in all those places because if you are in those places, it’s because you’re doing the right things.

2020 05 21 Retrieve

[Carlos Vela says Jordan’s Last Dance documentary conjured memories of Arsenal icon] Of course. Every Sunday I was there. My wife wasn’t happy. But I said, ‘these two hours, these are for me’

Thierry Henry was a really hard guy. He tried every day to be the best and he pushed the young guys to work more, to be professional, to try to bring everything to every training. He would say, ‘if you train hard, you can play hard’. Thierry Henry was an inspiration to me and you can see the career he had. I’m proud to have said I can play with him. He’s a good leader

I wasn’t surprised. You are not there to see it day by day, but when you see what Michael Jordan did, you feel something special, something different than the rest. I feel like I have a lot of things to learn from Michael Jordan to try and be the best. I take it as motivation. Maybe I have to be more hard, do more things to help my teammates to be better so we can win more championships

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Carlos Vela says It will be very difficult to make MLS-Liga MX merger happen] I don’t know if it will happen. These are two very big countries and trying to fix how we can play in two different countries is hard. I don’t know how close the possibility is, but I’m more focused on trying to get MLS to a good spot and to try and get this league to be one of the top leagues in the world. I’m more focused on making LAFC one of the big clubs in the world. That’s my goal. If things happen, we’ll see how things change in the competition, but at the moment, we are in MLS and want to be a better league than the rest