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: 2019 06 21 Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Vela are among the big names to be selected to the Major League Soccer All-Star XI ahead of their clash with Atletico Madrid. The MLS squad will face off against the Spanish giants on July 31 in Orlando, with a team selected by a combination of fan vote, Orlando City head coach James O’Connor and league commissioner Don Garber.
: 2019 07 20 Hat-trick hero Ibrahimovic says Comparing Carlos Vela to him was a big mistake
2019 07 20b Retrieve
[Los Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela has hit back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s claims that he’s ‘by far’ the best player in Major League Soccer] Comparing would show a lack of respect towards him, but if we look at the stats and forget age and whatever, I’m better than him right now, that’s the reality. And in terms of the rest, he’s been Zlatan and only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are better than him. The rest of us aren’t in the same league.
[Despite Friday night’s win, the Galaxy are still nine points behind LAFC, sitting in second place in the West. Vela was keen to focus on that fact after Friday’s game] Today we didn’t have a good game. We are still in first and we have to keep that place and forget this game
2019 08 19 Retrieve
[Vela is proud to be a Mexican player achieving success abroad] I don’t send (the critics) any message. At the end of the day, every person makes their own evaluation and their own criticism and it’s all respectable. I don’t want to say who is right and who isn’t. Every person things in some way. I see it from the positive side. I see that I’m making history in this league and putting the name of my country on high, which is the only thing I’m thinking about
[Vela sort of ‘shot back’ at Ibra’s comments but not how many members of the press might have hoped] I think the important part is coming so I have to finish the same or better, and I hope I can take the MVP and the championship
I think you always have the hope or motivation to get things like the record. You get it because you work every day to be able to have rewards like this. Obviously, it doesn’t always happen and it’s not easy to do it, but it’s what has kept me at a good level. I want to be the best in this league, try to show it every weekend and there are still nine games, so I have to close well to enjoy and be able to say it was a great year
Obviously, that’s the principal objective, but you also have to look at all the records we’re getting as a team, as players. But of course the top goal and what we’ve been working for since the first day is the title. So it would be something tough after the year we’re having, but we’re going to fight until the last day to get it
2019 08 22 Retrieve
[Carlos Vela closing in on MLS scoring record after latest stunner] I think you always have the hope or motivation to get things like the record. You get it because you work every day to be able to have rewards like this. Obviously, it doesn’t always happen and it’s not easy to do it, but it’s what has kept me at a good level. I want to be the best in this league, try to show it every weekend and there are still nine games, so I have to close well to enjoy and be able to say it was a great year
2019 08 28 Retrieve
[Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela admitted that he was really close to joining Barcelona this past winter] It was really close. My second month for holidays, I was there with my piña colada and my agent called me to say ‘look, Barcelona is calling you. They want you to play for four months then you can go back to LA’. I said just say yes, I don’t care about the money or nothing. I’m going to start training tomorrow, give me two weeks to be a little bit fit. Barcelona, Real Madrid you can’t say no. … If it was only my choice, for sure, I’d take it
[The 30-year-old forward says he would like to spend the rest of his career in Los Angeles] It’s not only the things I want, football is a business and you know how it works. But, if I have everything, I want to be here for the rest of my career. I’m really happy here, playing in LA. I want to be here
2019 10 16 Retrieve
[Vela: LAFC has returned me to the happiness I was seeking] I’m really happy, first of all, to be part of this team because it returned to me the happiness I was seeking. I maybe didn’t have as much excitement about playing like I have now, and after that I have to thank my teammates. It’s an individual achievement, but it’s a full-team job. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to have all the goals I have or everything I was able to do. I think it’s a success we’ve created because we started from nothing with this team, so I feel like I really participated in everything we’re getting. I’m thankful for everything that’s happening
[For Vela, however, he is confident he could still match the standard required of players in Europe but prefers to be playing in the U.S] I’ve always said that of course I think I could play in important teams in Europe and be an important player, but at the time everything happened I needed or I thought it would be best for career to come here. I think today, the result I was looking for is happening. It’s a bit of what I’ve always said, to try and look for the best for my life and my family, and I’m here. The rest is out of my hands
2019 10 24 Retrieve
[Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela remains keen on the idea of linking up with Lionel Messi in a loan spell at Barcelona at the end of the MLS season] Who could say no to playing with Messi for four months and then coming back to LA? Enjoy, learn and then come back home
[Earlier this year, Ibrahimovic rubbished suggestions Vela was the best player in the league, questioning why his rival was playing in the United States in his prime] I have not had the pleasure [of meeting Ibrahimovic]. Maybe the people don’t really love my decision [to play in MLS]. But for me, it was the best option, and I’m really happy that I made it because I am enjoying it
2019 11 05 Retrieve
[Carlos Vela has been named the 2019 MLS MVP after a record-breaking season with Los Angeles FC. Vela received 69 percent of the weighted vote to beat LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez, and New York City pair Maxi Moralez and Heber to the award] For me [this trophy] is just a reward for all the effort, all the work every day at training. I’m really happy to get this trophy
This trophy just makes me more hungry. The next step is to be champion. I will work very hard to get that trophy for my team, for my club. This one is just OK, but I want the other one
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 01 21 Retrieve
[Vela joke about Chicharito’s moving to MLS] He already knows, I already told him that if he comes here, he’s going to lose and if he scores a goal, I will score one more than him. He’s already been warned
2020 03 27 Retrieve
[Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela says that he has no good memories of playing at Arsenal] The most important part of my life came in San Sebastian: my new family. I came from three years of being in London, which I couldn’t adapt to. I don’t know how to explain it specifically. It was a place I don’t have good memories of. I wanted to get out of there. There I started to enjoy my football again after three such bad years of living in England. I didn’t know anything about the Basque Country. I wanted to leave so much that when I heard I had a good offer to play and leave England, it was a case of me saying: ‘I love it! Yes, let’s go!
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