Video Highlights: Robbie Keane hits hat trick as rampant LA Galaxy overwhelm San Jose Earthquakes 5-2 at Stubhub Center as Steven Gerrard makes MLS debut

Galaxy's Steven Gerrard, left, celebrates his first MLS goal with Robbie Keane, right, against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard, left, celebrates his first MLS goal with Robbie Keane, right, against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

See more images from the game by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank here.

And this all improbably occurred as the Galaxy fell two goals behind in the opening 25 minutes. Staff Writer Chris Trevino has the game story.

Galaxy's Steven Gerrard celebrates his first MLS goal against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard celebrates his first MLS goal against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

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Is Steven Gerrard more approachable than David Beckham?

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L.A. Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard waves to the fans as he is introduced during halftime against Toronto FC. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Steven Gerrard is making a great first impression on teammates, fans and staff.

The 35-year-old Englishman will naturally draw lots of comparisons with David Beckham, the Galaxy’s first Designated Player who helped the club win two MLS Cup titles and is also from England. So, it’s no surprise that some at StubHub Center on Saturday were comparing Gerrard to Beckham, even pointing out that Gerrard “is more approachable” than Beckham. They are not the only ones who feel this way, the paparazzi would agree.

That is not to say Beckham was not approachable, or nice. It probably means people were more in awestruck or intimidated by his star-power more than anything else. After all, Beckham was an almost mythological figure who everyone had heard or read about. It could also mean that the club learned from its mistakes with Beckham.

For his part, Gerrard is doing his best to fit in and is getting along great with his new teammates and fans. The Liverpool legend began training with Robbie Keane, Juninho and Co. last week. He also endeared himself to his new fan base by buying them beer, or as he wrote, “4th of July refreshments.”

“I’ve been looking forward to him coming – he’s been here the last 10 days or so. He’s been absolutely brilliant with the players and he’s a great lad on and off the field,” Keane told SkySports. “We’re excited to have him here and he’s going to be a huge addition to this squad. Stevie has that hunger and desire to always do well … he wants to come here and win things.”

Club president Chris Klein, who played with Beckham, also provided an upbeat report of Gerrard’s first week with the Galaxy to this publication.

“It’s been good to get him in (training) and have a little run up until we actually start and until he actually plays,” he said. It allowed him to “get comfortable with our coaches, the different players and he got to meet everyone.”

And just as important, everyone got to meet him.

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Artists celebrate former LA Galaxy midfielder and global soccer icon David Beckham as he turns 40 Friday

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Bleacher Report’s Media Lab commissioned 10 artists from around the world to create the original, interactive artworks in a digital gallery that commemorate David Beckham’s legacy on and off the field.

Check out the gallery of David Beckham pop art here.

And here’s where he intends to mark his four decades on the planet.

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Watch: Preview David Beckham’s Super Bowl Spot

Former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham may be retired from the soccer field, but he’s still modeling what H&M refers to as “bodyware” in a new spot that will air Sunday during the Super Bowl.

Fans are being asked to vote on what version of the stunt-laden ad (and, yes, I’m told that no body doubles were used) will air. Voting began today here and ends at at midnight Saturday.

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Wednesday Kicks: MLS Playoffs, Beckham’s franchise pursuit and more

A few quick links as the MLS playoffs begin tonight:

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LA Galaxy react to David Beckham’s retirement

Today’s not unexpected news that former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will retire at the end of the European season, elicited these responses today from the Galaxy:

“The LA Galaxy would like to congratulate David Beckham on the completion of his 20-year career in the sport of soccer,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said. “His six seasons with the Galaxy saw the club reach unprecedented heights, highlighted by our back-to-back MLS Cup championships in 2011 and 2012. David was a tremendous ambassador for our club and our league and it was an incredible honor in having him wear the Galaxy colors. We join the world in celebrating all of his achievements in the sport and look forward to continuing his relationship with our club.”

 

Today is a day to celebrate David Beckham and the completion of his fabulous career,” said coach Bruce Arena. “In addition to being such a great player, David is also a great personality, a great teammate, a great friend and family man. He is a person that you cannot replace, on the field or off and our club is in a better position for having him play for us in the six years that he did.”

Check out highlights of his Galaxy career on YouTube here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy’s Tim Leiweke Shaped Southern California Soccer

Anschutz Entertainment Group President and CEO Tim Leiweke was fired by the Galaxy’s parent company shortly after making this recent appearance in Carson (Photo by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank).

Much locally has been written about the sudden departure of AEG’s Tim Leiweke, but nothing substantive in the media from a soccer perspective until today’s column.

Love or revile Leiweke — and there’s little middle ground — there’s no doubt the hard-charging former Galaxy executive has made an indeliable mark on the local soccer landscape.

Galaxy players and management are clearly in the former camp as shown by this and this and this and this.

While we’re at it, here’s a fan perspective.

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Video Weekend Rewind: David Beckham, Kei Kamara & More

*David Beckham’s first game since leaving the Galaxy was an eventful one this weekend.

Watch here.

*Chivas USA closed out their preseason Saturday with an emphatic win over the LA Blues. Watch here.

*Galaxy striker Jose Villarreal of Inglewood had the winner for the U.S. U-20 team over Costa Rica, scoring the lone goal of Friday’s game. Watch here.

*Did you see Lawndale’s Kei Kamara score his first EPL goal Saturday? Watch here.

*And if you missed how the Galaxy concluded their pre-season Friday in Santa Barbara, watch the highlights here.

MLS starts Saturday. I’ll have more in Tuesday’s column.

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Thursday Kicks: David Beckham Plays for Free at PSG & more

  • Brand Beckham’s latest public relations move, er, club move sees him head to petro-dollar backed Paris Saint Germain where he will play for free through June in hopes of clinching a multimillion dolllar ambassador role for the World Cup in Qatar (well, that’s my guess).
  • Here’s the reaction of Lawndale’s Kei Kamara to joining EPL club Norwich City.
  • Here’s how Chivas USA fared Wednesday in their second preseason scrimmage.
  • Chivas USA forward Bradford Jamieson of Los Angeles will join the U.S. U-17 team for a camp in Carson that includes a scrimmage Friday against the Galaxy. Full roster here.
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