MLS: LA Galaxy Signs Steven Gerrard
Santino Honasan on Jan 08, 2015 12:27 PM
(Photo Courtesy of www.lagalaxy.com) Former Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard moves stateside to join the LA Galaxy
Reigning Major League Soccer champions the Los Angeles Galaxy have signed former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as a Designated Player.
The Galaxy captured their fifth MLS title last December, but also bid goodbye to US-football legend Landon Donovan, who retired following a 15-year career.
Gerrard will be expected to fill the leadership role left behind by Donovan.
The 34-year old Gerrard is expected to join the Galaxy in July after his contract with long-time club Liverpool expires at the end of the season. The move to the Galaxy will mark the first time that the midfielder will play for any other professional club other than the Anfield-based club.
In his 17-year career with The Reds, Gerrard appeared in 696 games while helping them to 10 major titles including the UEFA Champions League title in 2005 and the UEFA Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the FA Cup and the League Cup all in 2001. He currently has 182 scored goals for the club, one short of tying Robbie Fowler at fifth all-time.
The former England team captain has also been named as England’s Player of the Year in 2007 and 2012, and the UEFA Club Footballer in 2005 among many other personal accolades. He retired from international competition in July of 2014, following England’s 2014 World Cup stint. In 114 International appearances, Gerrard found the back of the net 21 times.
Gerrard follows in the footsteps of David Beckham, as the second England captain to join the LA Galaxy.