Gareth Bale makes LAFC debut - his first MLS touches were beauties

  • Rob Swan
Gareth Bale makes Los Angeles FC debut - and his first few touches in MLS were beauties

Gareth Bale made his Los Angeles FC debut on Sunday night following his move to the United States last month.

The Welsh forward, who signed a one-year deal with the Major League Soccer outfit, came on in the 72nd minute against Nashville SC.

LAFC were already 2-1 up thanks to goals either side of half-time from Cristian Arango and Jose Cifuentes.

But Bale, who turned 33 on Saturday, still managed to catch the eye during his second-half cameo.

Video: Gareth Bale’s first touches for LAFC

The former Real Madrid superstar immediately wowed the crowd with a couple of sublime touches after entering the fray.

After flicking the ball to a teammate, Bale received it again on the touchline and bamboozled Nashville defender Daniel Lovitz with a beautiful piece of skill.

Watch Bale’s first MLS touches here:

Not a bad introduction, eh?

LAFC sit top of MLS Western Conference

Bale might feel a tad disappointed that he didn’t get on the scoresheet but he still played his part as LAFC secured all three points.

The Wales international’s new employers currently sit top of MLS’s Western Conference, one point ahead of Austin FC with a game in hand.

Video: Bale’s interview after LAFC debut

Bale spoke to the American media after the final whistle and said “it felt amazing” to make his debut.

“I was itching from the first half,” he added. “As soon as I got on the bench I wanted to try and get off and help the team. It was also important for me to get my fitness.” 

You can watch Bale’s post-match interview here:

After such a difficult couple of years, it’s refreshing to see Bale looking so happy and relaxed again.

There are few better footballers in the world when the former Premier League ace is on top of his game and hopefully he can produce plenty of special performances during his MLS adventure.

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