Steven Gerrard to Depart LA Galaxy: Latest Comments and Reaction

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2016

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Steven Gerrard #8 of Los Angeles Galaxy passes the ball during Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS match against Seattle Sounders at the StubHub Center on September 25, 2016 in Carson, California.  The Seattle Sounders won the match 4-2. (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
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L.A. Galaxy have announced former England captain Steven Gerrard is set to leave the MLS club following the conclusion of his deal with the Californian team. 

The club's official website shared the news, revealing the Liverpool legend will not return for the 2017 season.

The midfielder joined coach Bruce Arena's outfit in 2015 after opting to leave the Premier League and has scored five goals and provided 14 assists in 34 MLS appearances, per the club's official website.

Gerrard explained his disappointment in not securing silverware during his stint in the United States, per the website:

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.

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 13: Steven Gerrard #8 of Los Angeles Galaxy during Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS match against Colorado Rapids at the StubHub Center on August 13, 2016 in Carson, California. The final score was 1-1 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
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He also thanked the organization and the fans for a positive experience:

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.

Arena led the tributes to Gerrard once the iconic individual made his decision to part company with Los Angeles, per the club's official website:

We were honored to have a player and person of Steven’s caliber represent the LA Galaxy over the past two seasons. His experience, class and leadership made him a valuable member of this team both on and off the field. I will always remember his last kick for the LA Galaxy as he smashed home his penalty against Tim Howard. We thank Steven for his time and contributions to this club and we wish him the best in whatever comes next. He is one of the most iconic players of all-time and he will always be a part of the LA Galaxy family.

Steven Gerrard of the LA Galaxy warms up with teammates before making his debut for the MLS side against Club America on July 11, 2015 in their 2015 International Champions Cup match in Carson, California. The LA Galaxy defeated Club America 2-1.    AFP P
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Gerrard is one of the most lauded players of his generation, famous for his heroic efforts at Anfield and on the international stage.

The 36-year-old made his Liverpool debut in 1998 and captained the Reds to a number of trophies, including the 2005 UEFA Champions League against AC Milan—one of the most fabled finals in the modern era, as the Merseyside giants recovered from a three-goal deficit.

Gerrard has cemented his position as a Premier League great after his years of service to Liverpool, but he was unable to bring glory back to L.A during his short time at the StubHub Centre.

His departure leaves a gap in the club's squad for next season, and the Galaxy will want to attract a big name from Europe or South America to fill the void.

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