November 24, 2016
GONE FOR GOOD
Ex-Galaxy star Gerrard retires from soccer
Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, who left the LA Galaxy last week, is now leaving the game. On Thursday he announced his retirement from soccer.
|Steven Gerrard: “I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.”
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Gerrard was Liverpool's longest serving captain and made 710 appearances, inspiring the side to its UEFA Champions League final victory over AC Milan in 2005 while helping the Reds win the English FA Cup twice (2001, 2006), the League Cup three times (2001, 2003, 2012) and the UEFA Cup once (2001) during an 18-year association with the club.
He earned 114 caps for England and is his country's fourth most capped player of all time behind Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.
Since making his Galaxy debut in July 2015, Gerrard recorded five goals and 14 assists in 34 appearances.
“Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football,” Gerrard said in a statement. “I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.”
The 36-year-old Gerrard decided to retire after the Galaxy was eliminated in the MLS Western Conference semifinals, losing to the Colorado Rapids on penalty kicks.