Gareth Bale is drenched in water by his LAFC team-mates

Gareth Bale is drenched in water by his LAFC team-mates as he sings on the pitch to be initiated… after cheering new side on in El Trafico win over rivals LA Galaxy and sending supporters wild following free transfer to the MLS

  • Gareth Bale, 32, arrived at Los Angeles FC on Friday to be presented to the fans
  • He watch LAFC against LA Galaxy from a box at the Banc of California Stadium
  • Bale then joined his team-mates on the pitch to celebrate their 3-2 victory
  • He held a megaphone to lead a chant while his team-mates poured water on him
  • Bale became a free agent after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season
  • He signed for LAFC to gain more regular game time ahead of the World Cup

Gareth Bale was seen celebrating with his new LAFC team-mates after they beat LA Galaxy 3-2 on Friday night in another exciting edition of the clubs’ El Trafico crosstown rivalry. 

Bale – who had only arrived in Los Angeles on Friday morning – was presented to the LAFC fans ahead of the game and received a standing ovation from the sold-out Banc of California stadium. 

Bale wasn’t quite ready to play in the LA derby, but he got an up-close look at the passion and potential of his new club – having been filmed cheering from the stands and celebrating on the pitch afterwards. 

Gareth Bale was presented to the LAFC fans on Friday night ahead of their clash with LA Galaxy

LAFC went ahead in the 17th minute when Cifuentes got left alone in the box to head home Acosta’s corner.

The Galaxy evened it in the 55th minute on a long, low shot through traffic by Grandsir, the French forward who hadn’t found the net in his first 17 matches this season.

But Cifuentes put LAFC back ahead in the 70th minute with another header off an excellent cross from former MLS MVP Carlos Vela, who then fed Arango for his breakaway goal two minutes later. 

Bale was then seen cheering his new team-mates on from the stands as they won 3-2

Bale went onto the pitch after the game and grabbed a megaphone to lead a postgame chant with their fans while his new teammates doused him with water (above) 

Rayan Raveloson kept it close with a header in the 81st minute, but Los Angeles FC were able to hang on to secure a 3-2 victory.

Bale celebrated each of his new team’s goals from a luxury box at Banc of California Stadium, and the Welsh forward went back to the field afterward and grabbed a megaphone to lead a postgame chant with their fans while his new team-mates doused him with water. 

‘You saw how quickly a player gets integrated into our circle,’ LAFC coach Steve Cherundolo said. ‘We will get Gareth in [kit] ASAP. 

‘He was ready tonight, but I think it would have been asking a little much to have him come off the plane and right into the game.’

While LAFC midfielder Kellyn Acosta added: ‘We’re all excited to have him join our squad. We think he’s a key addition. 

‘It was huge for him to be a part of our celebration, to see the atmosphere here at the Banc with the 3252 [supporters’ association].’

Bale, who became a free agent after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season, signed for LAFC in a bid to gain more regular game time ahead of the World Cup. 

Bale was eager to sign for the American outfit as the MLS season runs until November, a fortnight before Wales’ first World Cup finals campaign since 1958, begins in Qatar. 

His current deal in LA takes him up to June 2023 when next year’s MLS season will be only halfway through. However, Bale has an option to continue for 18 months beyond that should his family settle and he is enjoying his football.

By going to America, Bale is following in the footsteps of some of British football’s most famous names, from Bobby Moore to Beckham and Wayne Rooney.

Speaking about the striker’s move, a close friend of Bale said: ‘He is going there not just to be able to be fit for World Cup but to enjoy L.A. and MLS, and if he does enjoy he will play on.’ 

Bale will also be looking forward to a fresh start after struggling to win the fans over in Madrid. He will also be forward to more pitch time after spending the majority of his time with the LaLiga giants on the bench. 




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