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November 15, 2016
LEAVING LA
Galaxy announce Gerrard departure


CARSON, Calif. -- Midfielder Steven Gerrard will not return to the LA Galaxy, the team announced Tuesday.

Since making his Galaxy debut in July of 2015, Gerrard tallied five goals and 14 assists in 34 appearances.

“When I left Liverpool, I came to Los Angeles with the goal of helping the Galaxy lift another MLS Cup,” Gerrard said in a release. “I am, of course, disappointed to have not achieved that objective, but I can look back at my time at the club with pride at what we accomplished, including two straight playoff appearances and countless memorable moments on the pitch. As someone who spent the whole of their career in Liverpool, it has been an incredible experience to come to Los Angeles and play for the LA Galaxy. I would like to thank Mr. (Philip) Anschutz, Dan Beckerman, Chris Klein and Bruce Arena for this opportunity. I would also like to thank my teammates, the coaching staff, all of the support staff and, most importantly, the fans for their fantastic support during my time at Galaxy. I am excited to see this league and this great club continue to grow. I am now looking forward to spending time with my family as I consider the next stage of my career.”

“We were honored to have a player and person of Steven’s caliber represent the LA Galaxy over the past two seasons,” Galaxy coach and general manager Bruce Arena said. “His experience, class and leadership made him a valuable member of this team both on and off the field. I will always remember his last kick for the LA Galaxy as he smashed home his penalty against Tim Howard. We thank Steven for his time and contributions to this club and we wish him the best in whatever comes next. He is one of the most iconic players of all time and he will always be a part of the LA Galaxy family.”

Gerrard, 36, signed with the Galaxy on Jan. 7, 2015 before joining the team in July, after finishing the English Premier League season with Liverpool. Gerrard tallied three goals and 11 assists in the playoffs.

Galaxy had one of the most storied careers in Liverpool FC and English history. During 17 seasons with Liverpool, the team’s longest-serving captain made more than 700 appearances and scored 185 goals in all competitions. Gerrard also served as England captain, making 114 appearances and scoring 21 goals, captaining the team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


   
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