Watch: Carlos Vela scores twice in Mexico return
Star forward Carlos Vela scored twice in his first match for Mexico since March 2011 on Wednesday against the Netherlands.
Vela scored in the eighth minute and the 62nd minute of the match, helping Mexico to a 3-2 lead over the Netherlands. Javier Hernandez also scored for Mexico in the 68th minute.
The 25-year-old exited the match in the 77th minute.
Vela, who has scored 35 goals in all competitions for Real Sociedad the last two seasons, accepted a call-up from Mexico manager Miguel Herrera to play in the international friendly. Vela missed the 2012 Olympics, Mexico's qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup and the team's run to the round of 16 in this summer's World Cup.
In 2010, the Mexican Football Federation banned Vela and Efrain Juarez for six months after the two reportedly threw a party at a team hotel after a friendly match. Several other players were fined.
Vela returned in March 2011, but he ultimately decided not to commit to the squad. Vela is still regarded as perhaps the best Mexican player in the world.
Mexico fell to the Netherlands 2-1 in the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup. The Mexicans led for much of the match before the Netherlands equalized and scored the winner within the last few minutes of regular time. A controversial penalty awarded to Arjen Robben set up Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's match-winning penalty conversion in added time.
- Stanley Kay