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Gareth Bale is on the BENCH for Los Angeles FC’s MLS Cup final showdown

Gareth Bale sits on the BENCH for Los Angeles FC’s MLS Cup final with Philadelphia Union as the Wales captain looks set to get some much-needed minutes after injury and with the World Cup just two weeks away

  • Gareth Bale was included in the Los Angeles FC squad for the final of the MLS Cup
  • He was healthy enough for the bench after a leg injury during the play-offs
  • The Wales captain has barely played for the team in the United States
  • The idea of ​​the shock move was to play consistently at club level again
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Gareth Bale was named on the bench for Los Angeles FC’s MLS Cup final against Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon.

The Wales captain’s move to the United States has not gone according to plan, with just two starts since his shockwave to LA on a one-year deal.

One of the goals of the surprise transfer was to get some regular time for Qatar, but Bale hasn’t played a full 90 minutes in the States at all.

Gareth Bale was named on the reserve bench for Los Angeles FC’s MLS Cup Final

In the MLS regular season, the 33-year-old attacker played off the bench 10 times

The 33-year-old played off the bench ten times in the MLS regular season, but his playoff time was hampered by a leg injury.

Bale did not make the playoffs as the rest of the team defeated LA Galaxy and then Austin FC to be crowned champions of the Western Conference.

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The forward hopes to make an impact from the bench and get a few much-needed minutes in the tank against the Eastern Conference winner Philadelphia at the Banc of California Stadium.

He last played on October 2, albeit just five minutes into LAFC’s 2-1 win over Portland Timbers.

Before that, he appeared in two games for Wales, where they geared up for the showpiece later this month.

Los Angeles FC fans march outside the Banc of California Stadium ahead of Saturday’s game

Bale’s career was hampered by injuries, but some of his best performances were in a Welsh shirt.

He was completely frozen at Real Madrid but continued to perform for his country when called upon.

LAFC general manager John Thorrington said Bale’s move has not been a failure.

“He’s frustrated with the injuries and his inability to compete more,” he said.

“But we went into the situation with open eyes, we knew what risks we were taking.

“What I will give Gareth the greatest credit for is how professional he is.”


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