Steven Gerrard backed by LA Galaxy teammate to make David Beckham-like impact in MLS

Steven Gerrard

The 35-year-old Liverpool legend will be eligible to feature for the Galaxy once the league's summer transfer window opens on 8 July.

LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez has told ProSoccerTalk that he expects fellow Designated Player Steven Gerrard to make the same kind of impact as David Beckham in MLS ahead of his summer arrival.

Gerrard, 35, is taking a brief break following the end of Liverpool’s season before heading out to LA later this month to begin preparing for his stateside debut alongside the likes of Gonzalez and former Reds teammate Robbie Keane.

Having signed a reported 18-month contract for around £76,000-per-week, his deal is not quite as lucrative as the one which brought Beckham to the StubHub Center in the summer of 2007 but expectations for what he can achieve are just as high.

Asked if Gerrard’s influence on and off the pitch could emulate that of both his compatriot and club legend Landon Donovan, who combined to help guide the Galaxy to back-to-back MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012, Gonzalez said: “Absolutely. It is about their wisdom of the game and how many years experience they have.

“Being comforted by that fact that they have so many years under their belt definitely makes the players around those key players show up and want to play better. I think he [Gerrard] is going to be great and be just like Landon Donovan and David Beckham were for us.”

After winning three of the past four MLS Cups, LA have endured a somewhat slow start to the 2015 campaign, having drawn seven of their opening 17 games and scored just 16 goals.

While that should not come as a surprise after losing the now-retired Donovan and missing Keane for a seven-game stretch while the Irishman battled a groin strain, it is clear that something has to change if Bruce Arena's side hope to add another championship to their collection.

Gonzalez, who has been a core part of all three of the recent title-winning sides, believes Gerrard’s impending arrival will spark that turnaround, though, telling the website: “He is a tremendous player and I can’t wait to see him arrive but we have a lot of work to do before he gets here.

“He is a guy who can definitely turn those draws into wins and he is a game-changer, a guy who can pick the right pass at the right weight or go forward and score the goals himself. 

"Everyone is excited for him to come," the USA centre-back continued. "Not only the players and the LA Galaxy fans but players around the league, fans around the league are all excited to play against him but also excited to watch him play. I think the buzz is great all around MLS.”

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