Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard got off to the perfect start as he scored on his MLS debut for LA Galaxy on Friday night.
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The 35-year-old also had a role in two of Robbie Keane’s goals as Galaxy defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 5-2.
However, the biggest moment of the game came in the 37th minute as Gerrard angled in a shot from 10 yards out to level the game at 2-2 and was visibly delighted with getting off the mark for his new team.
The former England international, wearing shin pads with the Liverpool badge emblazoned on them, received a standing ovation as he was substituted late on after playing a pivotal role in his new side’s win.
“It was very pleasing to get off the mark. I’m starting to feel a little bit sharper, I’m very close to full fitness,” Gerrard said, as reported by the BBC.
“Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was shouting ‘how you doing?’ from about 60 minutes but I was pretending I couldn’t hear him and kept looking away.
“I felt like a kid out there again. I didn’t want to come off – I want to play as much football as I can. One of the reasons why I’ve come to this team was to start all the games and play as many minutes as possible.”
Gerrard will hope to continue to have a positive impact for Galaxy moving forward, with former international teammate David Beckham in attendance to see how he fared, and he particularly enjoyed playing alongside Keane again after their previous stint together at Anfield.
The pair will hope to strike up chemistry again in order to play an integral role for the club in their bid to achieve success this year.