LA Galaxy have announced the signing of Steven Gerrard from Liverpool.
Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but Gerrard is expected to arrive in Los Angeles durin the Major League Soccer (MLS) summer transfer window in July, at whose point the ongoing Premier League season would have been completed.
LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena confirmed earlier on Thursday that an agreement has been reached in principle, adding that the club will “have a plan available” for the former England captain upon his arrival.
“We’re very pleased to acquire a player of Steven’s caliber, experience and character,” Arena told the club’s official website.
Gerrard made his senior debut in November 1998 and has amassed a total of 695 appearances so far in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit. He has won the Uefa Champions League, the Uefa Cup (now Europa League) and Uefa Super Cup, including three League Cup successes and two FA Cup winners’ medal.
“The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come,” Gerrard, 34, said.
“My discussions with Bruce Arena and Chris Klein were extremely positive and the future of the team is very bright. I am committed to helping the LA Galaxy compete for trophies and to having an impact in Los Angeles and I will give my all for the club.
“In the meantime, I will continue to give everything for Liverpool for the remainder of this season before joining up with the Galaxy.”
Gerrard’s 114 international caps is the third most of any English player in history. He represented England in three World Cup finals, including 2006 (Germany), 2010 (South Africa) and 2014 (Brazil). He also featured for the ‘Three Lions’ at the UEFA European Football Championships in 2000, 2004 and 2012.