Steven Gerrard Confirms LA Galaxy Departure
Posted by Bryan | Published on November 15, 2016
Steven Gerrard has confirmed that he is leaving the MLS after 18 months in Los Angeles. The ex-Liverpool captain published an Instagram post today in which he hailed his past 18 months in Los Angeles playing for the LA Galaxy as “an incredible experience”, thanked his teammates and the coaching staff at the club and said that he was looking forward to spending time with his family as he considers the next stage of his career.
<blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version=”7″ style=” background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px); width:calc(100% – 2px);”><div style=”padding:8px;”> <div style=” background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;”> <div style=” background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;”></div></div> <p style=” margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BM1kFszDaKc/” style=” color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;” target=”_blank”>When I left Liverpool, I came to Los Angeles with the goal of helping the Galaxy lift another MLS Cup, I am of course disappointed to have not achieved that objective, but I can look back at my time at the club with pride at what we accomplished, including two straight playoff appearances and countless memorable moments on the pitch. As someone who spent the whole of their career in Liverpool, it has been an incredible experience to come to Los Angeles and play for the LA Galaxy. I would like to thank Mr. Anschutz, Dan Beckerman, Chris Klein and Bruce Arena for this opportunity. I would also like to thank my teammates, the coaching staff, all of the support staff and most importantly the fans for their fantastic support during my time at Galaxy; I am excited to see this league and this great club continue to grow. I am now looking forward to spending time with my family as I consider the next stage of my career .</a></p> <p style=” color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;”>A photo posted by Steven Gerrard (@stevengerrard) on <time style=” font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;” datetime=”2016-11-15T16:08:04+00:00″>Nov 15, 2016 at 8:08am PST</time></p></div></blockquote>
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In the same post, Gerrard also expressed his disappointment in being unable to fulfil his goal of helping the LA Galaxy lift another MLS Cup, but was nevertheless proud of his team’s achievement of reaching two straight playoff appearances. Galaxy was beaten on penalties by Colorado Rapids in the MLS Cup playoffs on 6 November in what has turned out to be Gerrard’s final appearance for the LA Galaxy.
Gerrard has since been linked with reunions with his former Liverpool bosses, namely Brendan Rodgers at Scottish side Celtic and Rafa Benitez at Championship side Newcastle United. There has also been talk of a possible sensational return to boyhood club Liverpool, whose fans still hail the Englishman as their inspirational captain, to work alongside Jurgen Klopp as the Reds bid to end their title drought this season.