There are plenty of issues to sort out in Mexico before next summer's World Cup, but the return of Carlos Vela must rank high on the list of priorities. The temperamental forward continues to excel for Real Sociedad. His displays offer weekly reminders about his ability to supply another dimension to El Tri. His latest contribution to the cause -- a four-goal outburst in Sociedad's 4-3 home victory over Celta de Vigo on Saturday -- merely underscored the importance of finding a way to ensure he can make a similar impact for his national side in Brazil. Vela's man-of-the-match display highlighted another active weekend for Mexicans Abroad. Read on to learn more about his heroics at the Anoeta, Guillermo Ochoa's latest frustrations at relegation-threatened Ajaccio and Javier Hernandez's chance to impress in the absence of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie. --Kyle McCarthy
Javier Hernandez, Manchester United
Chicharito featured from the start in Manchester United's 2-2 draw at Cardiff City on Saturday and stamped his imprint on the match inside the opening quarter of an hour. The lively front man flicked Danny Welbeck's cross into Wayne Rooney's path for the opening salvo. The two sides exchanged three more goals – including Bo-Kyung Kim's headed equalizer in second-half stoppage time – to share the spoils.
Guillermo Ochoa, Ajaccio
Ajaccio slipped deeper into the relegation mire with a 3-1 home defeat to Marseille on Friday. Ochoa performed his usual heroics without the corresponding support from his teammates. Andre-Pierré Gignac's stunning half-volley six minutes before halftime ultimately decided the match and sent Ajaccio spiralling toward a fifth defeat in six matches.
Javier Aquino, Villarreal
Villarreal rose to fourth in table with a 3-0 victory at 10-man Levante in La Liga on Sunday. Keylor Navas' red card after 10 minutes and Bruno's penalty kick to open the scoring three minutes later placed the Yellow Submarine on the path to victory. Ikechukwu Uche struck twice in the final 16 minutes to cinch a second win in three attempts for the home side. Aquino climbed off the bench for the final 28 minutes as he continued his bid to cement a first-team place. Giovani dos Santos once again missed out with a hamstring injury.
Hector Moreno, Espanyol
Sergio Garcia scored a hat trick to lead Espanyol to a 4-1 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. Garcia converted twice from the spot to give his side a two-goal advantage. His third goal essentially settled matters at 3-1 and paved the way for Moreno – once again selected from the start in central defense – and his teammates to see out their first victory in five matches.
Carlos Vela, Real Sociedad
Vela grabbed the match ball by scoring all four goals in Sociedad's compelling 4-3 home victory over Celta de Vigo on Saturday. The exiled Mexico international first breached the scoresheet by slotting home the opener after six minutes, but he accomplished most of his work after Celta cobbled together a 3-1 advantage. Vela responded three times in the final half-hour – including the winner after some robust center forward work to fire home Antoine Griezmann's clip over the top – to hand Sociedad the points at the Anoeta.