CONCACAF Player of the Week: Carlos Vela

Goal picks the top player from CONCACAF over the last week.
CONCACAF Player of the Week
Carlos Vela
AGE 24
PLAYS FOR Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad 3-1 Barcelona

He's something of an anomaly, the player in the best form of anyone in the region, yet not representing his country. However, despite off-field chatter always being at fever pitch, Carlos Vela continues to shine. This week, he stood out as his Real Sociedad team threw a wrench into Barcelona's La Liga title aspirations, winning 3-1.

Vela assisted the second goal, had a number of shots that troubled Victor Valdes and was a pest for Barcelona's defense all evening. Some of his detractors have said he feasts on the minnows and can't match top competition. As though setting out to specifically dismiss that criticism, he put together an excellent display against one of the big boys.

He won't suit up for El Tri, fine, but there's little doubt Vela is CONCACAF's hottest player. At just 24, Vela will surely be the focus of attention from both Mexico managers and bigger clubs in the future.

Congratulations to Carlos Vela, Goal's 11th CONCACAF Player of the Week winner!

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