Former English Premier League players Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard met for the first time since joining the Major League Soccer (MLS).
Frank’s New York City played host to Gerrard’s Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday. The player had a difficult start since their move but they have settled it fine. Lampard, who is 38 years old, entered the game with fine form, having scored nine goals in 10 games with an impressive hat trick on Yakee Stadium when it mattered.
Ahead of the game, Lampard said: “It’s a big game with more media attention and a huge crowd. We want to win in those circumstances. I’ve played against him may times and I’ve got real respect for the way he plays.”
Former Liverpool skipper Gerrard, 36, leads with 11 assists in the LA Galaxy squad. Liverpool defeated Chelsea twice in the Champions League semi finals, but Gerrard’s infamous slip gifted Chelsea the title in 2014. Both English players remain the top two highest goal scoring midfielders in the history of the Premier League, with both stars known for the power in their shots.
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LA Galaxy managed to put one past Seattle Sounders and reaching the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open cup following a 4-2 win. The victory eased a lot of pressure off manager Bruce Arena.
LA Galaxy have been disappointing in the 2016 MLS season and it is only in recent weeks that they have started performing at their very best on a consistent basis. For almost 2 months from May to June, the club enjoyed just one victory in all competitions and even that victory was achieved in a short time in the US Open cup. This disappointing form was threatening to destroy their season. Continue reading “LA THROUGH TO QUARTERS”
Steven Gerrard has been left out of the MLS All-Star squad to face Premier League side Arsenal. He is not the only star player to miss out though as it is reported that Frank Lampard, as well as former Arsenal player Ashley Cole, will also not feature in the team.
However, Didier Drogba, as well as Kaka, David Villa and Giovani Dos Santos, will all form part of the team that will be facing Arsene Wenger’s side on the 28th July. The match is annual event whereby an MLS All-Star team faces a Premier League side and this year it will be Arsenal. Continue reading “Gerrard left out of MLS squad”
Steven Gerrard says Leicester City’s mettle and character will be there to be tested when they play Swansea this weekend in deprivation of the services of their top scorer Jamie Vardy.
The 29-year old forward had fallen prey to an arguably wrong referee decision in Leicester’s previous game as he had to march off.
The day was however saved by Leicester thanks to another arguably wrong referee decision later on earning them a penalty and ultimately, an equalizer too.
But, due to it eventually yielding only one point for being a draw and then, the title rivals spurs subsequently winning their game the following day, it resulted in Leicester losing 2 points in terms of the lead that they had at the top. Continue reading “Steven Gerrard says Leicester City form will be tested against Swansea”
Southampton continue their march to the top 5 spots of the Premier League after having claimed a superb 3-2 victory over Liverpool FC in a match that saw the home team falling behind in the scoreboard 0-2 but in the 2nd half they managed to not only equalize the match but also get ahead and win the game.
In the first half of the match, Liverpool scored twice through the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge but despite falling so behind in the scoreboard, this did not seem to hurt the morale of Ronald Koeman’s team as they came back in the 2nd half won the game with goals from Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane.
When the match reached it’s end, Ronald Koeman voiced his satisfaction in the performance that his squad made as the Dutch coach said: “We were lucky in half time to only be two-nil down. We spoke about that. We needed to show the belief and the spirit in coming back into the game and to make it one-two, because then it’s a really open game. That happened. Great spirit. A great second half. The substitutes, Sadio and Victor Wanyama, had a big impact in the game in the second half.’’
“It was well deserved, a great game and it was great support from the fans. This is what football is about. I’m proud of the team and the fans. It’s easy to tell everybody because you get three points, but even with the two-two or the one-two, how we came back in the game was amazing.” Continue reading “Koeman hails his team after stunning comeback against Liverpool”
Whenever there are talks about the Cup matches between Liverpool and West Ham, that famous match of 2006 comes to mind where the Hammers supporters had shown a great piece of sportsmanship in spite of suffering an absolute heartbreak.
It was the final in which the Reds were taking on West Ham and they were on the verge of loss with the score-sheet reading 2-3 against them, but, the luck turned around all of a sudden as the captain Steven Gerrard found the leveller.
The score remained the same in the extra time and then, Liverpool came out superior in the shootouts.
It’s not easy for the supporters to have control over their emotions when the team loses from such situations and that too in big matches, in finals, but, each and every West Ham supporter present in the stadium that day was up on his feet to clap for Liverpool players.
And, apart from the supporters, the West Ham players and support staff too, the way they conducted themselves, it was admirable stuff.
Gerrard, who was the hero in that game for the winners, has especially mentioned that match in the recent book that he has written on his career.
According to Gerrard, it was so unfortunate from West Ham’s point of view that they couldn’t win the match and it would surely have been hurting them badly, but, to see that sort of graciousness in their conduct despite what had just unfolded, it was something that’s hard to forget for him. Continue reading “Hammers supporters had shown a great piece of sportsmanship in spite of suffering an absolute heartbreak”
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has revealed his admiration for his former England teammate, Steven Gerrard, in a recent interview.
Gerrard’s time in English football recently came to an end after he moved to LA Galaxy on a free transfer. The 35-year-old has been one of the influential players in the Premier League over the last decade. Rooney would also join in that illustrious list and he plans to follow in the footsteps of Gerrard towards the end of his career. This comes as a major hint that he would consider the MLS for his retirement plans.
Rooney also says that one of the aspects that made Gerrard extremely popular was that he was a leader of men on the pitch. Off the pitch, he considers his former United teammate Gary Neville in this league. The 29-year-old will look to captain United in the same way Gerrard did for several years. After looking to have lost his ability to captain United to Robin van Persie, Rooney has firmly established himself as the most important player at the club. He was named as the United captain on a permanent basis by manager Louis van Gaal last season. Rooney says that this may have come as a result of being extremely vocal on the pitch. Continue reading “Wayne Rooney has revealed his admiration for his former England teammate”
Steven Gerrard made his debut in the MLS during a friendly match of LA Galaxy which was played on July 11 of the current year and even though the experienced midfielder has been performing in the American League for a short period of time, Gerrard is already delighted and surprised about what he has seen in the American League.
The former star of Liverpool stated that he has been surprised concerning the amount of quality and talented players that compete in the MLS.
“A lot better than I thought. It surprised me. I think the level is very good. The level’s a lot stronger than what people’s opinions’ suggested before I came.” Steven Gerrard said as he announced his surprise in relation to the skillful but not so known players that play in the MLS.
The 35 year old English midfielder is also feeling confident and optimistic about the potential that his team has as Gerrard said that LA Galaxy can actually be able to compete in the English Premier League.
“We have a very good team here. I’m playing for the CONCACAF Champions League now to win, so I’m very happy with my teammates and the level of my team. I’m not really interested in anyone else’s team. We’re in a good place, we’ve got nearly everyone back fit and available, and we’re a strong team. Teams have to play very well to beat LA Galaxy.” Steven Gerrard added on.
Gerrard joined LA Galaxy in June and has helped the MLS club in their journey of not only competing in their domestic league but also in the US Open Cup as well as a number of International Champions Cup friendly games. Continue reading “Gerrard is amazed about the talented players that perform in the MLS”
After having spent over 15 year of his career at Anfield as a player of Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has finally finished his career with the Premier League club and now at the age of 35, Gerrard will be spending the remaining years of his playing career by performing with the American club Los Angeles Galaxy from the MLS.
Gerrard signed an 18 month long contract with LA Galaxy in a deal which is worth $9 million.
The veteran midfielder is expected to make his official debut with his new club on July 11th. He is currently on a break with a few of his teammates but his new challenges are already waiting for him as the English player has never played in a top American club before.
Steven Gerrard told reporters: “I want to keep playing every week in the final few years of my career and I’m looking forward to embarking on a new challenge with Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS. MLS is a great challenge. It’s a good time. It’s a good chance for me to enjoy a couple of years of my life with less pressure, spend more time with my family.” Continue reading “Stevie G is optimistic about his life in the MLS”