John Thorington confirmed on Sunday that Gareth Bale is joining Los Angeles FC. The timing of when it will happen remains a bit turbulent.
Thorington, vice-president and general manager of LAFC, said after Sunday’s match against the New York Red Bulls that he hoped Bell could return to the state in 10 days from next week after all immigration paperwork is completed.
Bell will be eligible to make his LAFC debut after the secondary transfer window opens on July 7. The club’s first match since the window opened is on July 8 against the archival LA Galaxy.
Thorington left out the possibility of Bell making his debut in a rival game commonly known as El Trafico, but he wanted to evaluate his fitness and match readiness first.
“Our Sport Science team and coach Gareth understands how to manage a player, whether you call him a good horse or a Ferrari, whatever your resemblance, he needs extra care and care and management. In a position to succeed, “Thorington said.” That’s definitely our goal here, and we’re confident we can do it. “
While most people are wondering whether Bell’s arrival in Major League Soccer is primarily to help prepare him for the Welsh lead. The world Cup later this year, Thorington sees Bell’s addition as part of a second leg to help LAFC win its first MLS Cup.
LAFC has been one of the top clubs in the MLS since it started playing in 2018. They won the Supporters Shield as the league’s top team in the regular season in 2019, but have not had post-season success. He missed the playoffs for the first time last year.
With Sunday’s 2-0 win over the Red Bulls, LAFC is 10-3-3 and ahead in the league with 33 points.
The regular season ends on October 9, with the MLS Cup final scheduled for November 5. Wales’ first World Cup match in Qatar is against the United States on 21 November.
“The advantage of joining a group like that is that what we have is that we will play it as much as possible. We expect him to be a top, top player for us and in this league, but we will do it wisely, ”Thorington said. “I think when Gareth sees what he needs to do, his priority will be on the LAFC. But we are not naive for the fact that he, like some other players, has the World Cup on the horizon. How we manage its preparation before then will be critical to the success of Gareth and LAFC.
Bell’s contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the month. He scored 106 goals in 258 appearances for Real Madrid, winning five Champions League titles and three La Liga titles during his nine-year tenure.
Bell is not the only addition to LAFC. Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini is expected to be the first to arrive since agreeing to the deal a few weeks ago. Chileni played 17 seasons at Juventus and also played internationally for Italy, which did not qualify for the World Cup.
Thorrington has also confirmed that former MLS MVP Carlos Vela has agreed to the extension. The Mexican striker’s deal was due to expire after Wednesday’s match against FC Dallas. Vella has six goals this season.
“I think somatically it speaks to the interests of these players who still have a lot to give to the club,” Thorington said. “This is a unique opportunity for a player like him to do something different at this stage of his career. But their priority is to win. “