SI Staff
Monday February 8th, 2016

If Carlos Vela is trying to impress Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers, he did a nice job on Monday. 

Vela, the Mexican forward, scored a tremendous goal in the first half of Real Sociedad's 5-0 La Liga win over Espanyol, scoring with a chip off the outside of his foot from just outside the box. 

Vela, who assisted on Jonathas's opening goal in the fifth minute, ran onto a long through ball from Ruben Pardo and caught the Espanyol goalkeeper rushing off his line. After taking a single touch to set himself up, Vela lofted the ball with the outside of his left foot to double Real Sociedad's lead in the eighth minute as the club tries to creep further from the drop zone.

The goal was Vela's second in three games as he looks to turn around his personal run of form. The 26-year-old Vela, who has been linked with a move to MLS, entered the day with just three goals in 22 appearances. He had scored 51 goals in the last four seasons.

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