Carlos Vela heading to LAFC as first DP in club history

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Carlos Vela, he of 28 years of age and over a half-century of caps for Mexico, has revealed his ambition to jettison from La Liga's Real Sociedad in favor of 2018's Los Angeles Football Club, i.e. a branding person's wet dream.

Los Angeles FC has officially announced Carlos Vela as the team's first designated player.

The 28-year-old Mexican worldwide will remain in Spain until January, when he will depart for the California side that is set to begin play in the 2018 season.

Ending a five-year association with the La Liga club - whom he initially joined from Arsenal in 2012 - is something the Mexican hasn't taken lightly, looking back on his time in the Basque Country with fondness on his Twitter account.


Since Vela's contract with Real Sociedad wasn't set to expire until after the 2017-18 season, LAFC might have to pay a transfer fee to acquire him.

LAFC named former US national team and Swansea boss Bob Bradley as head coach July 27. The club must still assemble an entire MLS roster around Vela, but has approximately six months to do so.

Vela is the second national team star to jump to MLS in the last two weeks, following midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, who left Spain's Villarreal for the Galaxy.

Earlier in the year, prior to his return to the Premier League with West Ham, there were reports that LAFC were in pursuit of Vela's El Tri teammate Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, but balked at his rumored $10m salary demands. LAFC has reached a deal with Real Sociedad for the star, the Spanish club announced.

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