With Bale’s minutes limited during what would normally be his pre-season in Europe, and with the LAFC coaching staff aware of his injury history, the attacking side’s adaptation came without delay.

Now, as LAFC look to maintain their grip atop the Western Conference standings and qualify for the MLS Cup on Nov. 5, the Welshman is part of a high-octane group that is still sorting itself out at some respects.

“There are two sides to the ball – defensively and offensively. With the ball, I don’t think we need to have the discussion. They have incredible qualities and they were able to show them tonight,” LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo said.

“But the work against the ball is also very important in this game and it’s an important part of our game model. The three also have to find a way to work hard defensively and disrupt the rhythm of the game. opponent and creating passes and low percentage chances for the opponent through their defensive work, and that’s one of the parts of their game as a collective that we’re working on.

As Bale develops his fitness and becomes a bigger part of LAFC’s playoff push (13 regular season games remaining), settling more at his new club can work wonders with the World Cup on the horizon. horizon.

“I enjoy it here. Everyone at the club made me feel very welcome very quickly. I feel great right away. I think any player will tell you, if he feels happy and settled he starts playing his best football,” said Bale, who is on a targeted allocation deal, just like his compatriot who arrived in summer and former Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini.

“I hope it continues and I will continue to work hard for the team as I always do.”