Prior to Duke: Played at B.F. Terry High School and for Houston Dynamo as a U14 player ... A three-time all-district first-team selection ... Voted the district's Defensive Most Valuable Player ... Garnered all-area second team recognition his senior season ... Started 48 games for B.F. Terry ... Missed half of his junior season to injury ... Instrumental in guiding the Rangers to the third round of the Texas 5A playoffs ... Scored two goals and recorded four assists in his 11 games as a junior ... Contributed two goals and six assists as a center back his senior campaign ... B.F. Terry Salutatorian ... National Honor Society President.
Personal: Son of Olivia Vela ... Has one younger sister, Nadia ... Born August 6, 1999.