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Carlos Vela plays full 90, but Mexico bounced from World Cup by Brazil

El Tri fall 2-0 in Round of 16.

Brazil v Mexico: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Vela is coming home.
Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The dream is over, as Mexico lost 2-0 to Brazil in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 in Samara, Russia on Monday. Goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino in the second half made the difference, as El Tri failed to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive tournament.

The loss means Los Angeles Football Club’s tenure at the World Cup is over, as the team’s final representative, Mexico forward Carlos Vela, is out. Vela once again started and played 90 minutes for El Tri against Brazil, and looked very impressive in the first half. He also nearly scored in the second half, but Brazil goalkeeper Alisson got a hand to the shot to push it over.

The silver lining for non-Mexico fans and for LAFC fans is that Vela will be back with his club team soon. LAFC play on Tuesday, he obviously won’t be back for that game, and most likely won’t be back and ready for Saturday’s game against Orlando City. However, he is probably in line to be back for the back-to-back games against the Portland Timbers in about two weeks, and with one of those being a knockout game in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, LAFC could use their strongest possible team and Vela’s return will certainly be welcomed.

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