Football Today, July 18, 2022: Gareth Bale hopes to play in LA after making MLS debut

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Bale loses in MLS

Gareth Bale insists he didn’t join Los Angeles FC to ‘chill’ after making his MLS debut.

Bale, who turned 33 two days ago, opted to move to the United States after his contract with Real Madrid expired at the end of last season.

The five-time Champions League-winning striker came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute of his new club’s 2-1 victory at Nashville SC and impressed with some neat touches.

Bale said: “I didn’t come here just to relax. I want to try to contribute as much as I can to this team, try to win games and trophies and do everything I can.

“I’m delighted to make my debut and I hope I can continue to improve my fitness and help the team.”

He will hope to be complete by the time Wales’ World Cup campaign kicks off against the United States on November 21 – the Dragons’ first appearance in a final since 1958.

Vieira laments Eagles absentees

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is without several key players in pre-season

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has said the absence of nine of his senior players on their pre-season tour is proving problematic.

Wilfried Zaha, Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze and Christian Benteke are among those unable to join the Eagles’ move to Singapore and Australia.

The 46-year-old declined to elaborate on any individual reasons, with coronavirus vaccination status and fitness issues seen as one of the issues.

Vieira explained: “It’s not the ideal situation for a coach to have so many players behind. We’re not going to talk about the players’ private situation and whether they are vaccinated or not.

“It’s difficult. It didn’t allow us to play together and work on a tactical basis together. It will take a few games before the team starts to gel.”

A young Palace side will take on Manchester United at the Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow morning.

Bolton feels the heat

Bolton manager Ian Evatt says his players will train through intense UK heat
Bolton manager Ian Evatt says his players will train through intense UK heat

Bolton’s players will have to train “fully and intensely” this afternoon despite soaring temperatures in the UK after a disappointing pre-season friendly performance.

The Trotters were beaten 3-1 at Carlisle in League Two on Saturday and boss Ian Evatt said a disappointing performance means his side will need sunscreen and bottled water on hand.

Evatt told local reporters: “We won’t fit anything because of the heat. They’ve lost that right [on Saturday].

“So they will train properly, they will train fully and they will train intensely.

“We are professionals. We are here to work, we are here to train hard and we will work a normal working week.”

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