Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard showed his class and skills in a 45 minute appearance against Club America. This was his debut for LA Galaxy after having recently completed the transfer from Liverpool.
The presence of Gerrard in the team was expected to significantly improve results and this has been the case after the 35-year-old helped LA Galaxy grab a 2-1 victory. Coach Bruce Arena said after the game that it was apparent for the fans witnessing the game that Gerrard was a significant step above the rest of the players. He expects more from the 35-year-old in the coming matches.
It has so far been a disappointing season for LA Galaxy, as they find themselves only in the fifth spot. Even though they are only one point away from table leaders Seattle Sounders, it would take a lot of consistent form in order to see them regain the top spot since there are a number of teams like FC Dallas who have played less number of matches than Galaxy. The match against Club America was merely a friendly encounter in the International Champions Cup. More important tests with the club in the coming weeks when they take on Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo.
“Steven played well – his passing was very good and his partnership with Juninho was good. He won some tackles and help create some chances. He also could have had a goal but the goalkeeper made a great save, so it was very encouraging. He looked like he belonged and his leadership was really good.He is probably about a month away from being fit enough to play a full match. It will take some games. It doesn’t come from training, he will have to play some matches,” said underfire coach Bruce Arena about his new signing.