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Carlos Vela called up to Mexican national team for World Cup qualifiers

El Tri to face Panama and Costa Rica.

Mexico v Cuba: Group C - 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Carlos Vela has maintained his place in the Mexico national team squad, as head coach Juan Carlos Osorio named the striker, on loan at present at Real Sociedad but joining Los Angeles Football Club for the 2018 MLS season, to his latest roster in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Vela, who scored in a 1-1 draw against the United States in the last round of World Cup qualifiers and also featured for El Tri at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, will be part of the squad that will face Panama on Sept. 1 at the Estadio Azteca, and will go on the road to play Costa Rica on Sept. 5.

Mexico currently sit in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, three points ahead of second-place Costa Rica and six in front of the U.S. Three teams are guaranteed qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while the fourth place finisher will go to an intercontinental playoff for one of the final at-large spots.

We’ll keep an eye on the games and let you know how things go for Vela and Co. in the next round of the Hexagonal.

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