Steven Gerrard played 17 long seasons at Liverpool but won about as many Premier League titles at Anfield as he ever will with the LA Galaxy.
The Galaxy faced a high-octane Seattle Sounders team on the road in one of the loudest stadiums in the world in the knockout round of the MLS Cup playoffs.
What the Sounders may have lacked in a defense, they had a reputation for making up with non-stop shots. Gerrard and his teammates had their work cut out for them.
The Seattle Sounders’ star striker Clint Dempsey set the tone immediately, scoring a goal just minutes in the match.
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But the Galaxy would not go away quietly as they answered a minute later with a strike from Sebastian Lletget to tie the match at 1-1.
The two clubs would exchange goals throughout the first half, heading to the locker rooms tied 2-2.
But despite a good effort from Gerrard, it was not enough to stop Seattle’s scoring shooting frenzy in the second half, and at the 73′ mark, Erik Friberg made the lead-changing score to give Seattle a 3-2 lead.
Despite a late rally, the Galaxy were unable to trick GK Stefan Frei into giving up a last goal, and Seattle won the match – eliminating Los Angeles from the MLS Cup Playoffs in the process.
And with that, Steven Gerrard’s 18th year of football ended the same way his previous 17 had: without a league title.
Perhaps the 19th year will be the charm.