Ever since David Beckham departed the L.A. Galaxy at the end of the 2012 season, Major League Soccer has been waiting for another major English star to make the move across the Atlantic in the hope of attracting similar levels of adulation. That day could now be on the way, with the news that Liverpool F.C.’s star player and long-serving captain, Steven Gerrard, is to depart the club: and speculation in the British press is already linking him with a move to the MLS.
Gerrard has played for Liverpool for his entire career so far, making his debut for the club as a teenager in 1998. He quickly established himself as a first-team player, and in 2003 his leadership qualities were recognized when he was made club captain. Two years later, his greatest accolade followed, as Liverpool won the 2005 UEFA Champions League — the most prestigious title in European club soccer — after a famous match in which Gerrard inspired the team to overturn a 3-0 deficit, scoring Liverpool’s first goal in the process. In his time at the club he has also won two F.A. Cup trophies, three League Cups, and a UEFA Cup (now known as the Europa League); and narrowly missed out on captaining Liverpool to the Premier League championship in 2014 (they finished second).
Something that Gerrard already has in common with Beckham is that he has captained England — he took over the job in 2012, and held the post until retiring from international soccer after last year’s World Cup — but he may yet follow in his former international team-mate’s footsteps even further, as the new destination he has been most heavily linked with is Beckham’s old club in Los Angeles. Were he to move to L.A., he could be reunited with Robbie Keane, the Irish striker who was briefly his team-mate at Liverpool in 2008. Toronto F.C., who currently have English striker Jermain Defoe on their books, and New York Red Bulls, have also been suggested as possible destinations.
It’s not confirmed that Gerrard will definitely be playing in the MLS next season, but as Liverpool’s own statement confirmed, his future is set to lie away from the Premier League, and indeed away from the United Kingdom altogether, and so it seems likely that his destination is already decided. Whether East or West coast, though, if he does come to the U.S., he’ll instantly be one of the biggest stars in the league.
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