Los Angeles FC will be bidding to make it seven MLS victories in a row when they continue their campaign at home to struggling DC United on Tuesday night.
The home side are currently top of the Western Conference, boasting 54 points from their 24 league matches this term, while DC sit bottom of the Eastern Conference, claiming just 22 points from 24 fixtures.
Neither Bale nor Chiellini were involved against Charlotte on Saturday due to fitness problems, but the pair are expected to be back in the squad for this contest, with the latter likely to be in the first XI.
Bale’s involvement is expected to come from the bench, with the 33-year-old yet to start in the MLS this term, but he has contributed two goals against Kansas City and Real Salt Lake.
The home side are again likely to be without Danny Musovski, Julian Gaines and Erik Duenas through injury, so the XI is expected to be similar to the one that started against Charlotte, with Vela again joining Cristian Arango and Brian Rodriguez in the final third of the field.
As for DC United, a lengthy injury list includes Brad Smith, Bill Hamid, Hayden Sargis, Jacob Greene and Adrien Perez, with all five players likely to be out for the rest of the month.
Head coach Rooney would have been pleased with aspects of his team’s performance against New England on Saturday, so there are not expected to be wholesale changes for this match.
Kimarni Smith is expected to be brought into the side, though, while there could also be a position at the tip of the attack for Taxiarchis Fountas.
Former Man United youngster Ravel Morrison should also retain his spot in midfield.
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