Video: Steven Gerrard opens his account for the season in LA Galaxy win

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The former Liverpool midfielder completed the scoring in stoppage-time as LA beat Real Salt Lake 5-2 at the StubHub Center.

LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard grabbed his first goal of the season on Saturday night as his side thumped Real Salt Lake 5-2 at the StubHub Center.

The 35-year-old’s night started badly when he saw a sixth-minute penalty kick saved by Nick Rimando after Giovani dos Santos had been brought down in the box, before the visitors opened the scoring 10 minutes later through Juan Manuel Martinez.

The Galaxy levelled things up only three minutes later, however, when Gyasi Zardes beat three defenders and finished from the edge of the box, before Mike Magee put them ahead in the 26th-minute after bundling in Emmanuel Boateng’s low cross.

Boateng himself added the third in the 41st-minute thanks to some more neat work from Zardes, before the Ghanaian winger turned provider with the assist for Giovani dos Santos to make it 4-1 just seconds before the break.

Half-time substitute Javier Morales pulled one back for RSL from the spot with 20 minutes left, but Gerrard restored LA’s three-goal cushion in stoppage-time in composed fashion, collecting former England teammate Ashley Cole’s cross on the edge of the penalty area before sending a defender the wrong way and finishing past the stranded Rimando.

The former Liverpool skipper, who was wearing the captain’s armband on the night in the absence of the injured Robbie Keane, also recorded two tackles, four crosses and two dribbles over the course of the 90 minutes, while completing 34 of his 42 passes – seven of which were long balls.

He had previously grabbed an assist on his return from injury in last weekend’s 4-1 victory at the Houston Dynamo and finally seems to be finding his feet in MLS after a difficult debut campaign following his arrival from Liverpool last summer.

The Galaxy, meanwhile, now sit third in the Western Conference after Saturday’s result, having recorded four wins and two draws in their opening seven games to leave them level on points with RSL, who had been the league's sole unbeaten side going into the game.

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