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.
This isn’t going to happen at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes.
After dispatching the San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 on the road in a U.S. Open Cup game Wednesday night — something they haven’t done in 16 MLS games and counting — the Galaxy will face Real Salt lake July 14 in the quarterfinals of the knockout tournament.
From the Galaxy press release:
The Galaxy have reached the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals stage for the first time since 2011 and were the only road team to advance past the Round of 16 in this year’s tournament.
On Wednesday night, the Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium behind a first-half goal from forward Jose Villarreal, his third goal of the season for the Galaxy in all competitions. In the tournament’s fourth round, the Galaxy earned a 6-1 victory over PSA Elite at StubHub Center behind a hat trick from Robbie Keane and goals from Sebastian Lletget, Gyasi Zardes and Baggio Husidic.
The Galaxy are 25-12-1 all-time in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They have entered the Open Cup every year since 1999, winning the tournament in 2001 and 2005 while reaching the Open Cup Final on two other occasions.
Should the Galaxy advance, they would face the Central bracket winner between Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City in the Open Cup Semifinals on Aug. 11 or Aug. 12.
vote for my friend Robbie keane to win an ESPY award for best MLS player , here is the link http://t.co/2T7Q0Nd2oR
— Giovani Dos Santos (@OficialGio) July 1, 2015
— Robert Jonas (@robertjonas) June 30, 2015
One Spanish newspaper writes today that Giovani Dos Santos is leaving Villarreal and is heading to LA Galaxy. https://t.co/Ehz3wqdI34
— ESPN Tri (@ESPNFCtri) June 30, 2015
4 years ago today, Giovani Dos Santos scored this beauty ⚽️ http://t.co/lGBrhBTElP
— Alessandro (@TheAtrejo14) June 26, 2015
— England (@england) July 1, 2015
Kickoff is at 4 p.m. PT. A game preview is here.
Mexico vs. Honduras tonight at 9.30 ET in a gray and rainy Houston. pic.twitter.com/PO8HZfF6TF
— ESPN Tri (@ESPNFCtri) July 1, 2015
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 1, 2015
Discount tix already? Maybe fans are awaiting this:
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) June 30, 2015
— Toronto FC (@torontofc) June 30, 2015
Good thing the Daily Mail has the toilet angle covered:
Sports News>> " Steven Gerrard meets the neighbours as Liverpool icon settles in Los Angeles… but why are their… http://t.co/olqJEjtoui
— Ubertr0_n Nub (@Ubertr0_nNub) June 30, 2015
— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) June 27, 2015
A rare Thursday game kicks off the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign Aug. 6.
From the Galaxy press release:
The Galaxy will host Central FC, who are the runners up of the 2013-14 FA Trophy of Trinidad and Tobago, at StubHub Center on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. PT to open their group stage schedule. Following that game, the Galaxy return to Champions League play when they host Comunicaciones FC at StubHub Center on Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m. PT. It marks the first time the Galaxy will face either side in the CONCACAF Champions League.
On September 23, the Galaxy will travel to Trinidad and Tobago to face Central FC for the second and final time in Group D action. Central FC was founded in 2012 and play their home matches in Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. The team won the First Citizens Cup in 2013. Central FC also captured the Locuzade Sport Goal Shield in 2014.
The Galaxy will close out the group stage on Wednesday, October 21 when they travel to Guatemala City to face Comunicaciones FC. Comunicaciones is one of the most successful clubs in Guatemalan football history. Based in Estadio La Pedrera in Guatemala City, Comunicaciones has won a record 30 Liga Nacional de Guatemala titles, eight Copa de Guatemala titles and one CONCACAF Champions’ Cup.