In this week’s edition of Vela Watch, tracking Los Angeles Football Club’s Designated Player signing in his season for Real Sociedad before he makes the move to MLS, Carlos Vela came in as a substitute in a 4-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruña on Sunday.
Vela entered the game in the 74th minute, replacing Adnan Januzaj in the attacking third for Real Sociedad. By this point, it was a 2-2 game, with goals from Juanmi and Asier Illarramendi on Sociedad’s side, and Adrian and Florin Andone on Deportivo’s end.
Vela, unfortunately, did not have much to speak of in his 19 minutes on the pitch. He did not score for Sociedad, although they did get clutch goals from Diego Llorente and Asier Illarramendi just three minutes apart. He also was not on the assisting end of either of these scores, as Illarramendi’s came off a Xabi Prieto free kick into the center of the box, and Llorente’s came from a close range shot off a corner.
Interestingly enough, Vela also did not draw a foul to set up a free kick or even get a documented shot on goal in his brief stint on the pitch Sunday. That being said, he did play a part in a two-goal swing for the Basque club, who now have three wins in three matches, tied with Barcelona at the top of the Spanish table. They also have 10 goals scored, which is the best in Spain. Do with that what you will, but here at Angels on Parade, we’re pulling for our guy here.
Next up for Real Sociedad? A Europa League Group Stage match on Thursday with Rosenborg, followed by a Sunday afternoon clash with Real Madrid. With fixture congestion coming up, expect more minutes fir Vela.
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