As a Cardiff fan, it was easy to get caught up in the hype around a potential move of what would have been amazing for us, something that even the most staunch supporter would never have seen happening two or three years ago.
But putting my Welsh football hat on, we have to look at the benefits of Bale not playing in a very competitive Championship up until November. Can you imagine the fallout if he got injured weeks before the World Cup, yes it can still happen in the MLS but we'd not get the blame!
Not saying that it will be easier in the Western Conference for the Welsh captain, but I'd always be worried that something could go horribly wrong as opposed to seeing how Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney all got more out of playing across the pond.
The former Whitchurch High student will go to Los Angeles and continue to spread the brand that is Cymru, playing against other internationals and getting a break in October when the season ends, at the very latest it will be 5th November when the MLS final will be played, 14 days prior to the world cup starting. 17 days before we kick off our campaign against the Americans on 21st November.
It's got to be seen as almost the perfect way to get ready for the World Cup, Bale will be able to have his physio team working on any niggles, and even though he would have been close to the FAW training facilities, can you imagine if we signed him and he played 2 games prior to the world cup? Seeing the fallout on Facebook and Twitter from some Cardiff fans over the fact he's not signing tells me they would have been on his back from the off.
As easy as it would be to say that he wanted to come home now, and you never know, in 12 months he still might, the very fact we spoke about having a 5-time champions league winner actively talking to the club is a bonus.