Video: Steven Gerrard serves up sublime assist in LA Galaxy win

Steven Gerrard

The Galaxy's former Liverpool skipper made his return from injury in Friday night's 4-1 victory at the Houston Dynamo.

Steven Gerrard enjoyed a winning return to the LA Galaxy line-up on Friday night as they thumped the Houston Dynamo 4-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The 35-year-old midfielder had missed the Galaxy’s previous two games after suffering a calf injury just four minutes into their 1-0 home win over bitter rivals San Jose Earthquakes on 19 March, but his comeback against Houston saw him produce one of his best performances since arriving in MLS last summer.

Owen Coyle’s Dynamo opened the scoring on the night in the very first minute when David Horst headed home a cross from Alex, but their lead lasted just three minutes before Giovani dos Santos capitalised on a defensive mix-up to level things up again.

Baggio Husidic then gave LA the lead in the 21st-minute with a close-range finish, before Gerrard linked up with Dos Santos for the third just after the half-hour mark.

The former Liverpool captain, who was wearing the armband on the night in the absence of the injured Robbie Keane, served up a tremendous cross-field pass to his Mexican teammate, who in turn took the ball down on the edge of the box before eluding a defender and slotting home for his second goal of the game.

Striker Gyasi Zardes later put the game to bed four minutes after the break with an easy tap-in off Sebatian Lletget’s low cross as the result extended LA’s unbeaten run to four matches.

Head coach Bruce Arena was full of praise for his side’s performance at the final whistle and picked out Gerrard as the one of the standouts after he managed the full 90 minutes on his return to the side.

Along with his assist, the veteran Englishman recorded three shots, three tackles and a match-leading eight interceptions, while also completing 41 of his game-high 56 passes – 16 of which were long balls.

"I thought Gerrard had a really good game,” Arena told LAGalaxy.com. “I think he's been out three weeks, and there were certainly some questions about whether we could get 90 minutes out of him tonight and it's great to see he played 90.

“We also got a little bit of a break with the weather. This is like playing here in the winter to have a night like tonight which is probably 75 or 80 degrees with little humidity. That was a plus for us. The field was in good shape, so the conditions were there for us to be able to play and play well."

The Galaxy now sit third in the Western Conference on 11 points after Friday night's result, having recorded three wins, two draws and one defeat in their opening six games of the 2016 season.

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