Ger­rard leav­ing LA Galaxy

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Steven Ger­rard is leav­ing the LA Galaxy after two sea­sons, and the for­mer Eng­land mid­fielder is still con­sid­er­ing what to do next.

The 36-year-old Ger­rard spent his en­tire club ca­reer at Liver­pool be­fore mov­ing to Los An­ge­les in 2015. In 34 ap­pear­ances dur­ing an in­jury-plagued ten­ure with the Galaxy, Ger­rard scored five goals with 14 as­sists.

Ger­rard, who never won the Premier League with Liver­pool, leaves the Galaxy with­out lift­ing the MLS Cup. The Galaxy fin­ished ninth and sixth in the MLS ta­ble dur­ing his two sea­sons be­fore los­ing early in the play­offs each time.

Ger­rard wrote on the Galaxy web­site : "I am now look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time with my fam­ily as I con­sider the next stage of my ca­reer."

Ger­rard showed flashes of his Liver­pool great­ness state­side, but also dealt with nu­mer­ous in­juries and strug­gled with MLS' travel de­mands through­out his stay in Cal­i­for­nia. He was side­lined for one month be­tween games twice dur­ing the sec­ond half of this sea­son, re­turn­ing to play 45 min­utes on Nov. 6 while the Galaxy were elim­i­nated from the play­offs at Colorado.

Ger­rard scored for the Galaxy dur­ing penalty kicks in his fi­nal game.

While he rel­ished life in a rented Bev­erly Hills man­sion with his wife and chil­dren, Ger­rard made no se­cret of his home­sick­ness for Mersey­side. He re­peat­edly trav­eled back to Eng­land for treat­ment on his in­juries and a broad­cast­ing job, and he spoke fondly about his ea­ger­ness to re­turn to Liver­pool for good.

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