Much of the footballing world seemed to be tuned in for Steven Gerrard’s Anfield farewell on Saturday evening, including his future LA Galaxy teammates Robbie Rogers and Mika Vayrynen.
The Liverpool captain is set to join the former Leeds United duo at the StubHub Center this summer when his Reds contract expires and, while a league title eluded him during his 17-year stint with his boyhood club, the Galaxy should give him a good opportunity to get his hands on one.
Rogers and Vayrynen, who were also teammates for a brief period at Leeds in 2012, certainly seem to think so, having taken to Twitter after watching the 34-year-old midfielder’s send-off to share their delight at his impending arrival.
Watching Steven Gerrard's last match at Anfield. It's going to be exciting to have this guy on our team. #lagalaxy— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) May 16, 2015
Set to reunite with ex-Liverpool striker and reigning league MVP Robbie Keane, Gerrard will be joining an LA side gunning for an unprecedented fourth MLS Cup title in five seasons, with most their 2014 championship-winning side, including Rogers, still in place.
However, having lost club legend Landon Donovan to retirement and been without the injured Keane for much of 2015, their start to the new campaign has been slower than anticipated.
With 14 points from their first 11 games, there is no danger of a crisis at this point but there is a serious need for another difference-maker in the line-up if the club are to compete with the likes of the Supporters’ Shield holders the Seattle Sounders over the coming months.
It remains to be seen whether Gerrard can be that missing piece, given the criticism he has received for his performances in recent months but, after David Beckham won back-to-back titles during his time in LA, his former England colleague will be hoping he can follow in those footsteps.