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Report: Steven Gerrard to Join LA Galaxy

The LA Galaxy are replacing a USA legend with a European legend from the heart of England.

Liverpool star, Steven Gerrard confirmed Saturday that he will depart the club following the conclusion of the Barclay’s Premier League season to “play in America”. The speculation of where Gerrard would play his football was short lived as ESPN FC reported that Gerrard will join the MLS champion LA Galaxy on an 18-month contract this Summer. The Washington Post later revealed that the deal will be worth $6 million, making Gerrard one of the highest played in the MLS.

The 34-year-old midfielder will fill the gaping hole left by Landon Donovan, who retired last month as the highest goal scorer in MLS history after helping his Galaxy defeat the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup. LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena should have no trouble fitting Steven Gerrard in the lineup, which already features a strong center midfield duo in Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas but will need Gerrard’s offensive presence after the retirement of Donovan.

Steven Gerrard has been the pride and soul of Liverpool FC for 16 years, first joining the club at the young age of 8 and making his debut for the senior squad at 18 in 1998. He has helped the Reds win 11 trophies with his career-defining moment coming in the 2005 UEFA Champions League final, when he scored to help fuel an incredible second-half comeback from a 3-0 deficit. Eventually winning the game vs. AC Milan in penalties.

The New York Red Bulls and the newest expansion team New York FC was also rumored to be in the Steven Gerrard sweepstakes.

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