Gareth Bale feels on good World Cup path despite lack of playing time

  • Wales captain has started two of his 11 MLS appearances
  • Bale says ‘we’re being clever’ and aim is ‘great shape’ for Qatar

Gareth Bale is adamant he is on a “good path” to be in prime condition to lead Wales at their first World Cup in 64 years, despite not completing a full game since signing for Los Angeles FC. Bale has started two matches and made nine substitute appearances since moving to the United States in June.

Bale joined the Major League Soccer club after leaving Real Madrid. The 33-year-old’s most recent appearance was as a 63rd-minute substitute in LAFC’s 3-1 win over Houston on Monday. The Wales captain arrived in Cardiff on Tuesday evening and trained on Wednesday morning with the squad.

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‘Massive respect’: Rooney hailed by Phil Neville for handling of alleged MLS racism incident – video

The Inter Miami manager, Phil Neville, has praised his DC United counterpart and former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney for his handling of an alleged racism incident during an MLS match between their teams.

DC United's Taxiarchis Fountas allegedly made a racist comment to Inter Miami's Damion Lowe and Aime Mabika. The players were both shown yellow cards in the 62nd minute, five minutes after Fountas scored an equaliser to make it 2-2. Fountas was taken off by Wayne Rooney four minutes later, and Inter Miami won the match 3-2 thanks to a winner by Gonzalo Higuaín in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Neville said "a word was used that I think is unacceptable in society," and called Rooney a "class act".

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Wayne Rooney hailed by Phil Neville for handling of alleged MLS racism incident

  • DC United manager takes off player after alleged use of slur
  • Taxi Fountas denies allegation as MLS launches investigation

Wayne Rooney and Phil Neville had to deal with an alleged racism incident after an ugly clash between two of their players in an MLS game on Sunday.

Play was held up for several minutes during the encounter between Rooney’s DC United and Neville’s Inter Miami at Audi Field in Washington. The United forward Taxi Fountas was accused of racially abusing Inter’s defender Damion Lowe during a second-half altercation between the pair.

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US Open Cup final: Orlando City silences Sacramento Republic for maiden trophy

Facundo Torres broke through with a goal in the 75th minute, then converted on a penalty to give Orlando City their first-ever trophy with a 3-0 victory over Sacramento Republic in the US Open Cup final on Wednesday night.

Torres’ penalty kick in the 80th all but sealed it for the Lions, who had not won a title since joining Major League Soccer in 2015. Orlando native Benji Michel added a stoppage time goal.

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