The Galaxy sure didn’t waste any time filling Landon Donovan’s departed designated player slot, and they didn’t skimp on the star power.
As had been rumored since last week, Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is signing with the Galaxy on DP contact, the club confirmed Wednesday, joining L.A. in July at the end of the English Premier League season.
The list of career achievements in the Galaxy release reads like a giant run-on sentence but does capture the pedigree the long-time Liverpool captain brings to L.A.
The midfielder joins the Galaxy after leading Liverpool to 10 major trophies over the past 15 years, including the UEFA Champions League (2005), UEFA Cup (2001), UEFA Super Cup (2001, 2005), FA Cup (2001, 2006), FA Community Shield (2006) and League Cup (2001, 2003, 2012). Individually, he has earned honors as the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Young Player of the Year (2001), PFA Player of the Year (2006), Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year (2009), PFA Fans’ Player of the Year (2001, 2009), PFA Team of the Year (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014), FA England Player of the Year (2007, 2012), UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (2005) and FIFA’s Ballon d’Or Bronze Award (2005).
“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy,” Gerrard said in the club 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.”