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Gerrard’s LA Galaxy debut set for International Champions Cup

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Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s debut for new side Los Angeles Galaxy has been pencilled in for July 11.

The Reds midfielder signed off a 28-year association with his one professional side in Sunday’s 6-1 defeat at Stoke.

He is currently on an end-of-season break in Dubai with his team-mates but will soon begin preparations for a new challenge in Major League Soccer, whom he cannot officially play for until the league’s summer transfer window opens on July 8.

But coach Bruce Arena already has the International Champions Cup at home to Mexico’s Club America in mind for Gerrard’s first appearance in a Galaxy shirt.

“We expect him here before July 11,” Arena told lagalaxy.com.

“We haven’t finalized a date yet. He will be here, he’ll get some training in and by the time that he’s eligible to play; he’ll be ready to go.”

Gerrard may not have yet left for his new adventure but he is already thinking about the time when he will return to Anfield.

“I want to keep playing every week in the final few years of my career and I’m looking forward to embarking on a new challenge with Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS,” said the 34-year-old, who Press Association can reveal will publish his new autobiography in September.

“I hope to get the opportunity to come back and serve the club again one day.

“I feel that I can make a contribution in some role in the future.”

In an open letter to fans Gerrard added: “I’ve been blown away by the send-off I’ve been given by the supporters and I’d like to thank every one of you.

“It’s been very humbling and it’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to represent this football club for so long.

“I’ve been very fortunate to play alongside some incredible players and for managers who have all helped me to improve and develop.

“I’m proud of what I’ve given back – the sacrifices, the dedication and the loyalty over the years.

“But more than anything I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to play in front of these fans for so long.”

 

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. goatslookshifty

    May 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    More importantly, when does Mr. Gerrard force a loan move back to Anfield at the expense of the LA Galaxy, a la David Beckham?

  2. StellaWasAlwaysDown

    May 28, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I don’t know how much football he has left in him, but I’m waiting for a Ronaldo or someone who is under 35 to come in and absolutely blow the stats away. I’m talking like a Michael Jordan figure going to the Nigerian Basketball League (is there such a thing?) and playing.

  3. Emmett

    May 28, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Same situation for Lampard?

  4. pert leaves

    May 28, 2015 at 1:08 am

    you hear that sound coming from los angeles? it’s the sound of crickets. that’s how little LA cares about this. it’s soccer, people. SOCCER. the most irrelevant sport in the entire United States, and the most boring sport on Earth!

    • nick jonas

      July 9, 2015 at 6:55 am

      you must be a loser if you think football is irrevelant/..nfl is the most stupiest sport on the planet invented only to rival football with its copycat name, how is boring, when fans cheer the whole time, nfl pays fans to attend nd needs the media to ensure its made exciting..you must be an ignorant yank who eats tacos and watches nfl on his $200 tv, good luck you redneck go and watch your mum support your dolphins lose 21-0, stupid america

    • jimmy

      July 9, 2015 at 7:00 am

      americans and australians are idiots when it comes to football…creat a sport that has no meaning in the world except their dumb countries, why would you use the word football when hands are involved and wikipedia is rubbish, sport has 1 sport not 4 codes to a sport..nfl is only popular because the media and america make it to be..20yr old gets 30 mill a season no wonder nba and nfl players retire at 30 and turn out to be rapists, gamblers and drug addicts..at least footballers enjoy their sport and it may be boring to idiots who only know 1 sport but real football is watched by billions and played by millions not like nfl or any other dumb sport that is invented by 1 country and is only a national sport..only total redneck ignorants like the idiot above goes on a football post to badmouth the sport..what a moron, his family prob lives off the government on a $200 month pension and eating maccas everyday..morons of todays society commenting on other sport saying their boring haha..grow up you 50 yr old malaka

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