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LAFC teammates Kellyn Acosta and Gareth Bale reunite in USA against Wales

LAFC midfielder Kellyn Acosta follows a game against the Houston Dynamo in August.

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DOHA, Qatar — The last time Kellyn Acosta and Gareth Bale were together on a football pitch was in the MLS Cup final at Banc of California Stadium, where Bale’s extra-time goal gave LAFC a win. win the penalty shootout.

“That’s probably the fastest I ran in the game,” Acosta said of his run to celebrate with Bale near the corner flag. “We just spent some time together.”

They will have more moments together on Monday when the United States, with Acosta in midfield, return to the World Cup for the first time in eight years, opening against Wales and captain Bale. .

Bale, limited by injury, hasn’t seen much playing time in his half-season with LAFC, but Acosta has seen him enough on the training ground to learn his strengths and weaknesses. And those are things he passed on to his American teammates.

“Don’t let him get to his left foot,” Acosta said. “Special players make special plays and he’s a guy you definitely have to worry about. I know his tendencies, like where he wants to find the ball, what kind of runs he’s looking for, his movements, how he operates in the game.

“So I think I have an advantage in that regard. And that, obviously, I kind of shared with the guys here. But I think everyone knows Gareth from watching him play over the years.