Departing Liverpool star Steven Gerrard will join the LA Galaxy on an 18-month contract, a source close to the deal told ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle, espnfc.com.
The defending Major League Soccer champions will add the midfielder after the Premier League season ends on a pro-rated deal worth $6 million (3.9 million pounds) a year. The Washington Post earlier reported details of the contract. The MLS Board of Governors approved the deal because, the league will pick up $750,000 of Gerrard’s deal, espnfc.com .
An MLS representative told ESPN FC the league is “not able to provide additional insight into a potential player agreement.”, reported espnfc.com. Gerrard will help fill the void in the Galaxy midfield left by longtime Galaxy star Landon Donovan, who retired last month after LA won the MLS Cup.
While the signing will be good for MLS overall, it looks to be a bad decision on the Galaxy’s part for a number of reasons, stated bleacherreport.com.
Having won the MLS Cup in three of the last four seasons, the Galaxy will enter the 2015 season with a Landon Donovan-sized hole in their roster—one they seem to be intent on filling with Gerrard, said bleacherreport.com.
The problem lies in the fact that Gerrard is not a like-for-like replacement for Donovan, who normally occupied a wide-midfield role for the Galaxy, reported bleacherreport.com. Gerrard, who made his bones as an attacking midfielder for Liverpool, has become a holding midfielder in the twilight of his career. But the Galaxy already have an established center-midfield combination: Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho.
Gerrard won his first major honors with Liverpool during the 2001 season, when he helped his club capture the FA Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Super Cup while making 50 appearances across all competitions, stated lagalaxy.com. That year, he was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. After serving as a vice-captain the following year, Gerrard became Liverpool’s full-time captain in 2003, holding the title since that time.
“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy,” said Gerrard. “The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come. My discussions with Bruce Arena and Chris Klein were extremely positive and the future of the team is very bright. I am committed to helping the LA Galaxy compete for trophies and to having an impact in Los Angeles and I will give my all for the club. In the meantime, I will continue to give everything for Liverpool for the remainder of this season before joining up with the Galaxy.” reported lagalaxy.com.