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Gareth Bale’s MLS battle continues as he is substituted after an hour in the final outing

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Gareth Bale’s MLS struggle was exposed when he was swept away after an hour of LAFC’s 1-1 draw against Minnesota… with the team’s goal difference at -7 when on the field compared to +33 when not

  • Gareth Bale was substituted after just an hour of LA’s game against Minnesota
  • He has now failed to register a direct involvement in the goal in his last six games
  • When he was on the field this season, LA’s goal difference has fallen to -7
  • If Bale hasn’t played this season, LA’s goal difference has risen to +33

Gareth Bale had another night to forget, as he was substituted on Tuesday after an hour-long 1-1 draw between Los Angeles FC and Minnesota.

Bale made only his second start for the team since arriving on a free transfer in July, but struggled to influence proceedings and was replaced by his 1-0 deficit following Brett Kallman’s opener just before half-time.

When Bale came out, MLS reporter Matthew Doyle sent out a tweet highlighting the negative impact Bale has had on LA’s goal difference while on the pitch this season.

Gareth Bale hasn’t been able to make a positive impact since joining LA FC in July

He was replaced by manager Steve Cherundolo (R) after an hour on Tuesday

He was replaced by manager Steve Cherundolo (R) after an hour on Tuesday

After Bale was replaced, reporter Matthew Doyle tweeted damning statistics about his time in LA so far

After Bale was replaced, reporter Matthew Doyle tweeted damning statistics about his time in LA so far

He then updated the numbers after Carlos Vela equalized for LA just after Bale left

He then updated the numbers after Carlos Vela equalized for LA just after Bale left

“Bale will be out in an hour. LAFC is this year at -7 (goal difference) in his 375 minutes. +32 (goal difference) in the other ~2800,” Doyle wrote.

He then added ‘make it +33’ as LA equalized through Carlos Vela just minutes after Bale was eliminated.

Bale started his LAFC career strong by scoring in his second game in a 2-0 win against Kansas City.

The 33-year-old followed that up by finding the net again two weeks later in a 4-1 thrashing of Salt Lake City.

Carlos Vela (L) saved a point for LA by scoring the tying run after Bale was substituted

Carlos Vela (L) saved a point for LA by scoring the tying run after Bale was substituted

In recent weeks, however, he has been taken aback, having not scored a single goal in any of his last six appearances. LAFC has only won once and lost four times during this period.

His competitive fitness also appears to have been a concern as he was largely limited to guest appearances from the bench.

When he was finally allowed to start a game on Tuesday, it was only an hour before he was replaced.

Despite Bale’s struggles, LAFC still holds a dominant position at the top of the Western Conference, 10 points ahead of their closest challengers Austin.

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