A day after Steven Gerrard played in his final match with Liverpool before coming to MLS, and on the 10th anniversary of his greatest victory with the club, the LA Galaxy paid tribute to their incoming Designated Player in his home paper.
The Galaxy took out a full-page ad in the Liverpool Echo, pledging to carry on Gerrard's legacy when he arrives this summer. Gerrard's Liverpool career came to an unceremonious end, with the club settling for sixth place in the Premier League after consecutive losses–to Crystal Palace in Gerrard's Anfield farewell and 6-1 at Stoke City in the season finale–to close the campaign.
Gerrard will be eligible to play in MLS when the summer transfer window opens on July 8, donning a non-Liverpool uniform in league play for the first time as a professional.
Gerrard played the entirety of his 17-year career with the Reds, and on May 25, 2005, he captained and led the club to a comeback for the ages against AC Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul.
With Liverpool down 3-0, Gerrard scored the goal that started the comeback and then drew a penalty that ultimately led to Xabi Alonso's equalizer. Jerzy Dudek played hero in a penalty shootout, and Liverpool won its fifth–and most recent–European championship.