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10 August 2017, 02:46 | Ken Black
LAFC reaches deal with Real Sociedad to sign Mexico star Carlos Vela
Vela becomes LAFC's third player, joining a couple players who now ply their trade with Orange County SC in the United Soccer League.
LA Times reporter Kevin Baxter is reporting that 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles FC has completed a deal to make Real Sociedad winger Carlos Vela the club's first Designated Player.
Carlos Vela created 63 chances across 35 league matches for Real Sociedad last season.
Vela, 28, spent the last seven years in Spain with Real Sociedad. The club must still assemble an entire MLS roster around Vela, but has approximately six months to do so. He left Guadalajara for Arsenal's academy in 2005, when he was 16.
The Mexican worldwide netted 72 times in total for La Real across five seasons since joining the club from Arsenal in a €14m move.
Vela has called Sociedad home since leaving Premier League giants Arsenal permanently in 2012, scoring more than 50 goals in LaLiga.
The Mexican worldwide has represent his national side on no fewer than 58 occasions, scoring 17 goals and creating a further eight for his teammates, helping them to win two CONCACAF Gold Cups (2009 and 2015) and a CONCACAF Cup in 2015.
Vela has been linked with moves to MLS in the past, with the San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids coming close to signing him in 2015.
Salary terms have not been released, but if Vela signs he would be the second major acquisition in two weeks for LAFC, which recently landed Bob Bradley to coach the team.
Vela also should appeal to Los Angeles' vast Latino population.
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