The Los Angeles Times reported that Vela, 28, would become LAFCs first DP signing. Vela confirmed the move with a video in the fashion of the
announcement 12 days earlier that Bob Bradley would become the LAFC head coach.
Vela starred for Mexico when it won the U-17 World Cup in 2005, and he played at the 2010 World Cup and on Gold Cup championship teams in 2009 and 2015. He scored when Mexico beat the USA, coached by Bradley, 5-0, in the 2009 final.
Coup. LAFC reportedly tried and failed to land two other Mexican stars, Javier Hernandez (who joined West Ham United from Bayer Leverkusen) and Andres Guardado (Real Betis from PSV).
One stumbling block has been Mexico national team coach Carlos Osorio's perceived dim view of playing in a league like MLS in a World Cup year. Vela, who scored the tying goal for Mexico in its 1-1 tie with the USA in June, turned down a trip to the 2014 World Cup but is eager to play in 2018.
But Jonathan dos Santos, a key midfielder for El Tri and close friend of Vela's, joined his brother, Giovani, at the LA Galaxy, LAFC's archrival-to-be, last week.