The Mexico soccer team star has agreed to join MLS' Los Angeles FC for its inaugural season, The Los Angeles Times' Kevin Baxter reported Tuesday, citing league sources.
"I arrived to Real Sociedad on August 16, 2011, as a player on loan and on July 17, 2012, I completed my permanent transfer knowing that I was coming to a great club".
The Mexico worldwide joins from Real Sociedad of Spain's La Liga, where he will remain through 2018.
LAFC made no secret of their hope to sign a major global star to make a splash in the nation's second-largest city, but was unsuccessful in its pursuit of Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who instead went to West Ham. Vela broke into Arsenal's First Team from 2008-11, where he scored 11 times in 62 matches. He also scored his most recent goal against the US, in June's World Cup qualifier in Mexico City.
The Mexican worldwide has represent his national side on no fewer than 58 occasions, scoring 17 goals and creating a further eight for his teammates, helping them to win two CONCACAF Gold Cups (2009 and 2015) and a CONCACAF Cup in 2015.
El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio has encouraged his top players to stay in Europe, but Vela is the second big name to move stateside this summer. With Giovani Dos Santos at the Los Angeles Galaxy, his brother Jonathan Dos Santos just joined the club.