The Liverpool legend has been enjoying some R&R since the end of the Premier League season. Will he be in top shape to compete in the MLS?
Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is expected to make his debut with the Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy sometime after the league’s trade window opens, which means his first game will likely be in a July 11 friendly against Club America.
According to InsideSoCal.com, the club has not set a specific date for Gerrard’s MLS debut in part because the Liverpool legend does not become available until Wednesday July 8, when the league’s trade (transfer) window opens. Gerrard is currently vacationing in Portugal after a disappointing end to his final few matches with Liverpool.
The Galaxy explained that Gerrard’s absence was due to league rules regarding trades.
“He should arrive in late June/early July to begin training,” LA Galaxy club spokesman Brendan Hannan said. “We have (home) matches July 11 against Club America and July 17 against San Jose Earthquakes which should serve as his arrival matches.”
Back in January, the LA Galaxy announced that they had signed Gerrard to an 18-month Designated Player contract worth approximately $9 million (£5.8 million).
Gerrard played for the Reds from 1998 to 2015, making 504 league appearances and 120 goals. He also played in 114 games for the England National Team, scoring 21 goals – including two in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.