Gareth Bale has become more than just a guest star in his MLS career

Gareth Bale has become more than just a guest star in his MLS career

The Welshman is aiming to regain fitness with the Galaxy ahead of the start of the World Cup


Thursday – 25 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1444 AH – 20 October 2022 AD Issue No. [
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Bale has lost the confidence of Wales coach Page to rely on him all the time against Belgium and Poland in the Nations League due to his lack of physical fitness (AP)

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Just under 20 minutes into his second game in the MLS, Gareth Bale scored a goal that could have been an important announcement of his strong start. The Welsh star came off the bench when his Los Angeles Galaxy were already leading 1-0 against Sporting KC.
Bale, who needs to feature more in the games to regain his best before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, produced a superb performance that improved with every minute of the game, scoring a killer goal which led his team to victory with two goals without reply.
Bell was quick to find his way to the net and scored in his usual fashion as Los Angeles Galaxy won 4 goals to one against Real Salt Lake after the 33-year-old managed to beat two of the opposing team’s players. pass next. to the touchline, before To put the ball in the narrow corner of the goal.
Scoring two goals in the 3 matches in which he participated as a substitute was a very good start to the Welsh player’s career in the MLS; But he faced a lot of problems after that, and did not score another goal in the next two months after scoring his goal at the “Rio Tinto” Stadium.
In fact, Bale has yet to play a full MLS match, making just two of his 12 appearances since arriving from Real Madrid last June.
The Los Angeles Galaxy, led by coach Steve Chirondulo, picked up the Cheerleader Shield (an annual award given to the team with the best results in MLS during the season) after beating the Portland Timbers, and will be among the favorites for the MLS Cup this year, with the playoffs starting later this month; But Bale hasn’t played a big part in the team’s successes so far.
Bale’s LA Galaxy career was always going to be different. And if the Welsh star manages to reach the World Cup in Qatar while in good physical and technical condition, he will feel that the decision he made to move to the American League was a good one, and vice versa. Bale once held a banner that read “Wales, then golf, then Real Madrid – in that order”, indicating that his interest in his club is last for him, which may continue to this day!
“We have a plan at LA Galaxy for what we do,” Bale said recently when asked to assess his MLS career. We don’t do many things right away. Every footballer wants to play as much as he can; But we are getting smart and preparing myself for the important last part of the season. I hope it helps me get in good shape before the World Cup. I think I will be much better physically.”
Wales’ coach, Robert Page, made statements in which he implicitly indicated his dissatisfaction with the level of his best player; He said: “What he does between now and the first game (in the World Cup) against the United States of America … we will be in touch with the club and we will help manage those minutes.” Page made the comment after complaining that he could not rely on Bale for all 180 minutes of the two matches against Belgium and Poland in the European Nations League, due to his lack of physical fitness.
Page knows full well that Bale can make the difference for Wales at the World Cup in Qatar, as he is the country’s all-time leading scorer with 40 goals in 108 internationals, and he is the player who has played the most prominent role in Wales’ qualified for the World Cup tournament, after scoring 3 goals in the semi-finals and the final of the appendix. And when Bale is at his best, he can single-handedly lead his team to victory.
As for the Wales team, Gareth Bale’s physical fitness will determine whether the team will reach the round of 16 in the Qatar World Cup, or exit the World Cup from the group stage.
The LA Galaxy may not have much incentive to play Bale for more minutes before the World Cup kicks off. This may seem somewhat odd, given the Welsh superstar’s huge potential and history at the elite level of European football; But Chirondolo has a system that works very well without Bale, and with the play-offs looming, there isn’t much room for experimentation between now and next month.
Many believed that Bale’s move to the MLS would give him more freedom to get fit and participate in games than he had in the Premier League, or in any of the big five leagues in Europe; But it is now clear that he is finding it very difficult to secure a place in the starting lineup for the American team. Additionally, long-distance travel in the MLS makes the season more difficult. In Spain, for example, Bale’s longest journey to play an away game was an hour or two on a chartered plane. In the English Premier League, most overseas matches can be traveled by bus. In the MLS, Bill often travels across multiple time zones, sometimes on commercial flights!
The LA Galaxy may not see Bale’s best until after the World Cup. By then, the Welsh winger will be able to clear his mind, fully commit to the LA Galaxy and be involved in the entire pre-season for 2023. Until then, Bale may struggle to get the momentum going; Because his contract with the American club only lasts until next summer. A decision must therefore be made about his long-term future.
Bale has shown glimpses of his ability and technique in the MLS, which could be encouraging for Page and the Wales national team. And by the time he’s reached the age of thirty-three, it’s clear that he’s lost the speed that distinguished him, which helped him shine remarkably earlier in his career; But he definitely still has good skills and techniques. Once Bale is sure that Wales will put these abilities to good use at the World Cup, he may shine and do the same on his return to the LA Galaxy!


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