LAFC star Carlos Vela was the main man for Mexico as they won a FIFA-organised tournament for the first time in their history at the 2005 u-17 World Cup tournament in Peru. Carlos Vela and Mexico were not favourites to win the tournament, but they went all the way to the final where they battled with Brazil for the right to win the tournament.

Mexico and Brazil faced off in the final of the tournament. The Brazilians were heavy favourites to win the final and the tournament in the process, but they were unable to live up to the status. At the end of 90 minutes, Mexico stunned Brazil 3-0 to win the tournament and Carlos Vela got one of the goals.

The Brazilians were behind in the final match just after the half hour mark and it was from Carlos Vela. As a matter of fact, Mexico took the game away from Brazil with two first half goals. Mexico edged 2-0 ahead after scoring twice in two minutes through the aforementioned Vela and Omar Esparza. Ever Guzman sealed the emphatic win for Mexico with his goal coming four minutes from the break.

Mexico had earlier started the tournament with two wins and one draw from their three group games. They were in Group B alongside Turkey, Australia and Uruguay. Mexico had six points in second place, while Turkey finished first in the group with a maximum nine points. Australia and Uruguay ended with three points and zero point respectively in third spot and fourth spot.

In the knockout stage, Carlos Vela scored one of the goals as Costa Rica were beaten 3-1 in the last eight at the end of extra time. Mexico then scored seven goals without conceding any goal in the semi-finals and final of the tournament.