Steven Gerrard itching for LA Galaxy debut

The 35-year-old midfielder will take to the pitch for the first time since his Liverpool switch in Saturday night's International Champions Cup match against Mexican giants Club America.

After a 17-year spell at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard will begin the next chapter of his career on Saturday night when he takes to the StubHub Center pitch for the LA Galaxy’s International Champions Cup match against Club America.

The 35-year-old midfielder has faced a whirlwind week of media obligations since being officially unveiled at half-time of last weekend’s 4-0 home victory over Toronto FC but he is now eager to do get down to business against the Mexican giants.

Speaking to the MLS club’s official website ahead of his long-awaited debut, the former Liverpool captain said: “I’ve been excited since day one. I’ve been waiting for this moment, and it was quite frustrating watching the team against Toronto. I was pleased with the win but I was itching to join the boys.

Continuing on his first week of training with his new teammates, he added: “I’m getting to know the players very well. They’re getting to know me. I’ve been watching the game for afar for some time as well.

“There are a lot of good players here, and good players adapt quickly. I’m looking forward to seeing the connections blossom.”

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, meanwhile, confirmed that Gerrard will play 45 minutes on Saturday as he builds his fitness towards his MLS bow on 17 July against the San Jose Earthquakes.

“He’ll start the game,” Arena told “We just want to bring him into the team. The players have to start getting used to him, and he’s got to get a feel for his teammates. We’re playing in our home stadium which is good as well. We’re just getting him started. It’s not like we’re throwing him to the wolves, he’s played in some games before. He’s ready.”

Having secured three of the past four MLS Cup titles, LA had gotten off to a slow start to the 2015 campaign without the retired Landon Donovan, drawing seven of their opening 17 league games and scoring just 16 goals.

However, the reigning league champions have since won three of their past four matches in comprehensive fashion, thrashing the Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers 5-1 and 5-0, respectively, before recording another comfortable win last Saturday over Toronto.

With Gerrard now coming on board and strong rumours that Mexico forward Giovani dos Santos could be their next big-name summer arrival, the rest of MLS will have to up their game once again to stop the league's most successful franchise adding another title to their collection come December.

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