Vera is a versatile late developer who made his international debut aged 28. The LDU Quito player, who can operate either as a defensive midfielder, right-sided midfielder or wing-back, looked set to switch allegiance to Ecuador in 2007 until a last-minute call from Gerardo Martino persuaded him to stay loyal to the country of his birth.
He scored his first international goal in a 1-0 win against Oman in 2008 and also netted in the friendly win against Greece on 2 June this year.
He helped LDU Quito win the Copa Libertadores in 2008 and the Copa Sudamericana in 2009 (South America’s equivalent to the Champions League and Europa League).Vera has spent five of the last six years in Ecuador, having had a brief spell with Mexican side America in 2008/09.
He initially struggled to make his mark at club level, failing to earn a contract after trips to Argentina, Switzerland and the UAE. He admits he may have given up playing professionally had things not picked up in Ecuador: “I said to myself, ‘if it doesn’t work out, I’ll go and get a job and play in the local leagues’. Luckily, though, I made the most of the chances that came my way after that.”
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