Welshman Gareth Bale, five-time European champion with Real Madrid, scored a great goal this Saturday in Los Angeles FC’s 4-1 win at Real Salt Lake City with which Steve Cherundolo’s team escaped to command of the MLS Western Conference, with a six-point lead over Austin.
Bale took the field after the break, when his team was already leading 3-1 led by a brace from Colombian Cristian Arango and a goal from American Kellyn Acosta.
The Welshman was responsible for sentencing the game in the 87th minute with a spectacular personal action, in which he controlled a ball down the left wingdefended him from the pressure of two rivals and, after cutting back and entering the penalty area, he beat the goalkeeper with a powerful shot from his left foot.
It was the second goal of his MLS experience, after the one he scored, always away, against Sporting Kansas City.
Bale celebrated his goal supported by his teammates, including the Italian Giorgio Chiellini, the other star signing of the last market session for the Angelenos.
LAFC sealed their fifth straight win and confirmed themselves as the team to beat this year in MLS. He leads the West with a six-point advantage over an Austin that did not go 3-3 at home against San José, despite a brace from Argentine Sebastián Driussi, top scorer in the championship.
LAFC took advantage of Austin’s stumble in the best waydespite a new brace from Argentina’s Driussi, top scorer in the league with 16 goals.
The former Zenit Saint Petersburg player is experiencing a wonderful moment of form and was chosen this week as the best player of the month for July.
His brace had given Austin a 3-2 lead, but San Jose equalized in the 88th minute thanks to American Jeremy Ebobisse.
It was a positive day on a personal level for ‘Chicharito’, who broke a goalscoring drought that had lasted since July 5, but his team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, lost 2-4 at their visit to Sporting Kansas City.