MLS side LA Galaxy have confirmed on their website that the Liverpool midfielder will join them in the summer after his current contract expires.
Gerrard, who had revealed a few days ago that he will depart at end of the season, was quoted saying by the club’s official website, “I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy. 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.”
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 7, 2015
LA Galaxy’s Coach Bruce Arena was delighted that the Champions League winner decided to join the American side, “We’re very pleased to acquire a player of Steven’s caliber, experience, and character. He is one of the most decorated players in the world and will join our team with a wealth of success playing at the highest level of the sport. Steven will be an excellent example to our young players and we’re excited to add him and his leadership to an already talented roster.”
AEG (MLS owners) President and CEO Dan Beckerman added that Steven Gerrard’s addition will only increase the quality of LA Galaxy and the League, “Steven Gerrard is an iconic and legendary player. For the past 20 years the LA Galaxy have made an impact on soccer in North America and created a tradition with the Galaxy by signing great players and winning championships. We have built a strong foundation and AEG is committed to maintaining the Galaxy’s status as North America’s premier club.”
Gerrard made the grade from the Academy to the main team in 1998 and since then he has gone on to make 696 appearances for the club and has won 10 major trophies. He will forever be remembered for his goal in the UEFA Champions League final in 2005 at Istanbul against AC Milan where he inspired a comeback from 3-0 down to 3-3 before going on to win the Cup on Penalties with Liverpool.