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Chiellini and Bale earn LAFC home debuts in 2-1 win over Seattle

THE ANGELS – Kwadwo Opoku and Carlos Vela scored in the first half as Los Angeles FC beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Friday night in the home debuts of European superstars Giorgio Chiellini and Gareth Bale.

Major League Soccer-leading LAFC (15-4-3) won its season-best fourth straight and moved seven points clear of Austin atop the Western Conference for its longest winning streak since 2019. LAFC also leads Philly by six points in the race. by the shield of the pearistas.

Seattle scored on an early LAFC own goal, but still fell to 0-5-1 at the Banc during the regular season. The Sounders won the 2019 Western Conference final here.

Chiellini started and played 71 minutes at the Banc of California Stadium, while Bale came on as a substitute in the 63rd minute of the two players’ third game with their new club. The duo’s moves to LAFC this summer turned a team that was already at the top of the MLS table into a potential powerhouse for the final three months of the season.

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Bale, who scored his first MLS goal in Kansas City last week, received several standing ovations from the cheering crowd. Chiellini also received a standing ovation when he came out.

Chiellini and LAFC were cheered on in the front row at Banc of California Stadium by Ángel Di Maria and other players from Juventus, the club that employed Chiellini for the past 17 seasons. Juve are in Los Angeles on their US summer tour to face Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night. Bale also visited his former Madrid teammates at their training camp in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Seattle took the lead in the 14th minute when Cristian Roldan forced a turnover and sent a blistering cross into the box, where a sliding Jesús Murillo fired into his own net.

LAFC appeared to score in the 27th minute on a thunderous strike by Vela, but the goal was disallowed when video review indicated that Vela used his arm to set the ball up.

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Opoku still leveled eight minutes later with a stunning strike of his own, threading a shot between two Sounders and past a diving Stefan Frei. The 21-year-old Ghana striker better known as Mahala is finding his groove in MLS with five goals this season.

Vela got the go-ahead goal in the 43rd minute when he slid in to deflect José Cifuentes’ beautiful cross past Frei at point-blank range.

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Chiellini and Bale earn LAFC home debuts in 2-1 win over Seattle

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