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LAFC star Carlos Vela named to Mexico’s provisional World Cup roster

As expected, the in-form attacker is on the list for Russia 2018.

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Monday is the deadline for countries headed to the World Cup to release their provisional rosters for the tournament, and that includes Mexico. National team boss Juan Carlos Osorio revealed his 28-man preliminary roster, and as expected, Los Angeles Football Club forward Carlos Vela is on the list.

Vela, 29, has played in one senior World Cup in his career, in 2010. He skipped the 2014 tournament due to a long-standing dispute with the national team, but fences have been mended in the meantime.

Vela is considered one of Mexico’s core players, and barring injury he will be on the plane to Russia. He will almost certainly miss four league games (May 26 vs. D.C. United, June 2 at FC Dallas, June 9 at San Jose Earthquakes, June 23 vs. Columbus Crew SC), and that could be more depending on when he’s called away by Mexico and how deep El Tri goes in the World Cup.

Osorio still needs to trim five players off the prelim roster, but again, if there’s no injury or other personal catastrophe in the meantime, he’ll be on the plane to Russia. Felicidades a Carlos!

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