Herrera forming a new Mexican roster
Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela said he is not sorry about opting to skip El Tri’s call-up for the recent CONCACAF qualifiers.
"When a player joins El Tri, he doesn’t want to do things the wrong way, " Vela told RadioMarca. “What people don't understand is that no one is perfect. I think that people in Mexico talk too much.”
On Monday, newly minted El Tri coach Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera said he would only call up two Mexican players from the European leagues for El Tri's crucial intercontinental playoff vs. New Zealand Nov. 13 and 19. Manchester United striker Javier "Chicharito " Hernandez is not an option for El Tri for the Nov. 13 match vs. New Zealand due to the yellow card he received at the 64th minute during Mexico’s loss to Costa Rica.
Even though Vela is unlikely to get a Herrera call-up, the 24-year-old said he is not sure what his response would be. He added that the match vs. New Zealand is going to be very complicated and El Tri will need to focus. Club America’s Herrera is El Tri's fourth coach in five matches.
"I don't know whether I would return to El Tri. With so many coaching changes no one knows," he said, adding that he is also not clear as to whether he would be considered for the 2014 World Cup squad, should Mexico finally make it.
Vela added that his lackluster performance for Real Sociedad in the past two matches had to do with personal problems because "a little bit of everything" mixed together.
"I wasn't sad, but I had some problems that kept me out of the match. I was a little bit worried and everything all mixed together. I had some bad moments and times but now I have come out of it," he said.
Vela added that he doesn’t like the nicknames Mexican fans have given him, "Bomber" and "Hyena."
"No one asked me if I wanted those nicknames," he said. "I’m not disgusted by them but no."
Vela has not played for the national team since March 29, 2011, for a friendly against Venezuela. Vela turned down a call-ups from two previous El Tri coaches, Victor Manuel Vucetich and Jose Manuel de la Torre last month.
El Tri has qualified for five straight World Cups, last missing out in 1990, when the team was banned from qualifying for using ineligible players in a junior tournament. The last time Mexico participated in qualifying and did not reach the World Cup was 1982.
Mexico got the fourth and final CONCACAF qualifying spot -- and the rights to the playoff against New Zealand -- after the United States rallied with two late goals to beat Panama 3-2 last week, thus bumping Panama to fifth place. Minutes before, Mexico had lost 2-1 to Costa Rica.
Herrera on Sunday set a roster of 22 players, including 10 from his own Mexican League Club America roster, following a precedent set by Italy, Germany and Spain, all of which pull their national teams from one or two strong clubs in their home leagues.
Information from ESPN Deportes was used in this report.