SI Staff
Friday May 22nd, 2015

Carlos Vela will play for Mexico at the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, his club, Real Sociedad, announced on Friday and was later confirmed by Mexico's federation

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The 26-year-old Vela, one of a handful of Europe-based Mexican standouts who did not get called in for Mexico's Copa America roster, has scored nine goals in all competitions for Real Sociedad this season, one in which he missed more than two months with a knee injury. In 2013-14, Vela scored 21 goals in all competitions. 

He returned from a three-year hiatus from the Mexican national team for a pair of November 2014 friendlies, scoring two goals against the Netherlands in his first game back, but he hasn't played for El Tri since.

Vela, who was part of Mexico's 2009 Gold Cup-winning team, figures to be joined by the likes of Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos, Hector Herrera, Miguel Layun, Guillermo Ochoa, Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno and Andres Guardado–all of whom were left off Miguel Herrera's Copa America roster with a potential Confederations Cup berth on the line for the Gold Cup winner. All, in addition to Jesus "Tecatito" Corona, are included on Mexico's provisional roster, which was released Friday.

Mexico will play against Cuba, Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago in Group C, with games being played at Soldier Field in Chicago; University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; and Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on July 9, 12 and 15, respectively.

Should Mexico win the Gold Cup for a record seventh time, it would face the United States–the 2013 Gold Cup winner–in a playoff for the region's berth at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. 

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