LA Galaxy announce signing of Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard
The LA Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they have signed Steven Gerrard as a Designated Player.
Gerrard is set to join the club in July, after the end of Liverpool's premier league season, pending receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy,” Gerrard said in a news release. “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.”
The club did not disclose terms of Gerrard's contract, but the Los Angeles Times reported the deal is for 18 months.
"The time's right for myself and my family for the change, for the fresh challenge," Gerrard told the paper. "I've been here for a long time. I've given an awful lot back to this club. But I now I feel it's the time for a fresh break and to try something different."
The 34-year-old Gerrard will end his nearly two-decade career with Liverpool in May, where he has recorded 182 goals in almost 700 appearances.
The Galaxy are the defending Major League Soccer champions, and have won the title three of the past four seasons.
"We have a club now with a proven history of success," Galaxy coach and General Manager Bruce Arena said. "All of those things go hand-in-hand in making LA Galaxy a very attractive team for players such as Steven Gerrard."
The Galaxy open defense of the MLS Cup against the Chicago Fire on March 6.
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