Vela not rejoining Mexico for final World Cup qualifiers

The Real Sociedad attacker had been thought to be on his way back to El Tri but remains out of the picture, while Guillermo Ochoa makes his return.
It seemed reconciliation was on the cards, but Carlos Vela won’t be returning to Mexico’s national team.

The Real Sociedad forward was not included in new coach Victor Manuel Vucetich’s list of Europe-based players that have been called up for next month’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica.

Only five players from across the Atlantic were named: Giovani Dos Santos, Javier Hernandez, Hector Moreno, Javier Aquino and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who had reportedly refused a call-up for the last set of matches when Jose Manuel de la Torre was still in charge.

Porto duo Diego Reyes and Hector Herrera missed out, as did Valencia’s Andres Guardado, who has been a stalwart of the Mexico national team setup since the 2006 World Cup.

But it was Vela’s absence that caused the most shock, mainly due to the positive noises coming out of the Mexican soccer federation (FMF) and from 24-year-old Vela himself in recent weeks and days. The Cancun native last featured for Mexico in March 2011 and has since gradually established himself as both a key player for Real Sociedad and as a rising star in La Liga.

El Tri currently lies in fifth place in the CONCACAF hexagonal and faces Panama on Oct. 11 and Costa Rica on Oct. 15 attempting to move up and secure either automatic qualification to Brazil 2014, or a playoff series against New Zealand.