And there it was. The name Carlos Vela on a Mexico national team squad list for the first time since February 2012. The ball is now very much in the court of the basketball aficionado from Cancun as to whether he fancies joining up with El Tri in Europe to face the Netherlands on Nov. 12 and Belarus on Nov. 18.
The possible implications from a playing point of view are obvious. A group of strikers featuring Javier Hernandez, Oribe Peralta, Giovani Dos Santos, Raul Jimenez and Vela is genuine quality, one to strike fear not just in CONCACAF, but beyond as well. Throughout all the cluttered chatter about the 25-year-old lies the fundamental fact that he makes El Tri a better side, without any shadow of doubt.
But that kind of talk is premature. There has, as yet, been no indication that the Real Sociedad player, who on Monday lost out to Cristiano Ronaldo for the LFP award for best striker of the 2013-14 La Liga season, will accept this most recent call-up.
Debate rattles along on social media about this time being different because on other occasions Vela had stated before the squad announcement that he would not be available. Yet it would also have been easy for him to come out at any point since the World Cup and express his desire to once again play for Mexico and end his international exile, which began back in March 2011.
Whatever the outcome, Miguel Herrera has been at his forthright best over the issue. If Vela accepts, he gets Mexico's best and most consistent player over the last two years. If he doesn't, then Herrera can truly draw a line under the issue.
"If he says no, he'll say so publically," Herrera told ESPN's Raza Deportiva on Tuesday morning. "It's a call-up to find out where he's at."
Although Herrera hadn't spoken to him at the time of the interview, he does believe there is a good chance Vela's answer will be positive.
"I've received news of Carlos, that he wants to be (in the squad and) that he's excited," said Herrera.
Herrera will speak to Vela at some point on Tuesday, but whatever the response, the fact the coach almost called Vela out publically is important in Mexico from a PR and media point of view. With column inches and airtime needing to be filled national team talk, Vela has been a recurrent topic and previous coaches have not been able to shed the specter of having a top player on the outside of the team looking it.
Could they have done more to persuade Vela? Why didn't they do more? Those are the types of questions that remained unanswered.
Herrera has been consistent in stating that he has not spoken to Vela, that this is his last chance and that he won't be accepting excuses about not being in optimum conditions to feature while he is capable of playing 90 minutes for Real Sociedad - as Vela did last weekend.
It's perfectly in line with the positives Herrera brings to the table as national team coach. He keeps things simple and to the point. There is no beating around the bush. If Vela comes, then great. If not, El Tri moves on. There has been no begging, but at the same time, a clear message to Vela that he is wanted.
It's now up to the player to actually want to play for his country. International soccer isn't easy with the travel, the pressure and natural ups and downs. But if Vela - who is on course to have one of the best careers ever for a Mexican in Europe - chooses not to, no-one can accuse Herrera and the federation of falling short in dealing with the issue in a succinct and reasonable way.