The Mexico international has been plying his trade in MLS since January 2018.
He previously played his club football in Europe, making his professional debut forArsenalbefore going on to represent Celta Vigo, Salamanca, Osasuna, West Brom and Real Sociedad.
It was with the latter that he enjoyed the most success, scoring 73 goals in 250 appearances forla Real.
And Vela says he almost returned to La Liga with Barcelona ahead of the 2019 MLS campaign.
“It was really close,” the striker toldMLS Soccer. “My second month for holidays, I was there with my piña colada and my agent called me to say, ‘Look, Barcelona is calling you. They want you to play for four months and then you can go back to LA.’
“I said just say yes, I don’t care about the money or nothing. I’m going to start training tomorrow, give me two weeks to be a little bit fit. Barcelona,Real Madrid, you can’t say no. If it was only my choice, for sure, I’d take it.”
Vela did not explain why the deal ultimately fell through, although it has not affected his form for LAFC this season.
The former Gunner has netted 28 goals in 28 games in all competitions, helping Bob Bradley’s side open up a 19-point lead at the top of the Western Conference standings.