Posted February 03, 2014

Mexican federation: Noncommittal Vela won’t be called in for the World Cup

2014 World Cup, Avi Creditor, Mexican national team, Miguel Herrera
Carlos Vela

The Mexican federation says that the noncommittal Carlos Vela won’t be representing Mexico at the World Cup this summer. (Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

Carlos Vela might be the most dangerous attacking player in Mexico’s player pool, but he refuses to give any Mexican manager (all four of them in the last few months) an indication that he’s ready to commit to the national team. As a result, he won’t have a plane ticket to Brazil this summer.

Vela, the 24-year-old Real Sociedad star who has not played for Mexico’s senior team since March 2011, remained noncommittal to El Tri after weekend meetings and won’t be called in for the World Cup, according to an announcement made by the Mexican federation on Monday.

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera and top FEMEXFUT officials Héctor González Iñárritu and Ricardo Peláez traveled to Madrid – where Real Sociedad was playing at Atletico Madrid — to meet with Vela and gather his thoughts. With him remaining unable to commit 100 percent emotionally and mentally to the cause, according to the announcement, his World Cup ship has sailed.

Vela’s saga has dragged on for years. He refused to play in the Olympics in 2012 for Mexico, citing his need to focus on cementing his club place (he had been in club limbo for years, signing with Arsenal but consistently going out on loan and not maintaining steady footing) at Sociedad.

That has since been sorted, though, and while Mexico was struggling to get through the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Hexagonal, it provided a perfect opportunity for him to re-emerge with El Tri and play the role of hero. He continued to turn down potential call-ups, though, carrying on one of the more bizarre international player soap operas while his country was in its time of need.

Mexico is not lost without Vela, who scored a career-high 14 league goals last season and already has 14 goals in all competitions this season. Between Oribe Peralta, Javier Hernandez, Giovani dos Santos, Raul Jimenez and Aldo de Nigris, Herrera has options he can turn to in his attack. His most consistent and lethal option, however, will not be one of them.

[UPDATE: Vela, from his official Twitter account, released a letter detailing his reasoning (in Spanish)]

6 comments
RickPotts
RickPotts

So what was his beef with the Mexican Federation?  This story just leaves me wanting more......not.

usamnt
usamnt

Creditor normally writes solid pieces - but I find it curious that no indication of what other options Vela has, in this world of dual-citizenship, or if Vela is merely in reticent to play at the international level for personal or professional club reasons.

Jesus Hitler
Jesus Hitler

Yeah.  Those guys at the FMF are so good at maintaining their commitments.  I'm sure they won't go back if Vela says he wants to play.

WarrenSappSucked
WarrenSappSucked

who cares? mexico wont survive the world cup. if it was me, i'll be going in a heartbeat.

Jesus Hitler
Jesus Hitler

@usamnt  Ummm.  He has exactly zero other options, considering he has 35 senior caps for Mexico including the 2009 Gold Cup and 2010 World Cup.