A few days back, football legend Steven Gerrard hinted at a possible departure from his current MLS squad. Now the ex-England captain has announced what many suspected would come to fruition — Steven Gerrard is officially leaving LA Galaxy. The Los Angeles club announced “that midfielder Steven Gerrard will not return to the LA Galaxy for the 2017 MLS season. Gerrard departs from LA following the conclusion of his contract in Major League Soccer. Since joining the team in July 2015, Gerrard tallied five goals and 14 assists in 34 appearances during his 18 months with the club.”
This comes a day after English teammate Frank Lampard departed from New York City FC. Take a look at Steven’s farewell to fans to which he posted to his personal Instagram account a few hours prior, which you can find below.
When I left Liverpool, I came to Los Angeles with the goal of helping the Galaxy lift another MLS Cup, 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. 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 .