Liverpool Captain Gerrard Agrees to Move to L.A. Galaxy

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who said last week he’s leaving the Premier League soccer team after 17 years, signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The midfielder will join in July, the southern California club said in a statement on its website. Terms weren’t disclosed, though as a “designated player” Gerrard will be able to earn more than Major League Soccer’s salary cap. He said he’ll work for a strong finish to the season at Liverpool, which is in eighth place in England’s Premier League.

“I can promise them I’ll give everything I’ve got within to try to bring some success this season and hopefully come back,” Gerrard said in a video on Liverpool’s website. “My relationship with Liverpool doesn’t end in the summer. In fact it’ll never end.”

The Galaxy won the MLS Cup for a fifth time last year. Gerrard is another in the team’s signings of former European stars. He’ll join Irish national team player Robbie Keane, a former teammate at Liverpool, who moved to Los Angeles in 2011. The team brought in David Beckham in 2007 after the Englishman left Manchester United and Real Madrid. Beckham retired in 2012.

Gerrard is departing Liverpool, the only soccer club he’s ever played for, after 696 appearances and 182 goals, including two against AFC Wimbledon on Monday to advance in the FA Cup.

The 34-year-old said the decision to leave Anfield at the end of the current English Premier League season was the toughest of his life. He stepped down as captain of the England national team in July after the team’s earliest exit from a World Cup in almost six decades.

Gerrard joined Liverpool’s youth team as an eight-year-old, and was made captain of the senior squad in 2003. His greatest triumph came in 2005, when he scored the first goal against AC Milan in the Champions League final when Liverpool fought back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the match and won the penalty shootout. Gerrard also guided the team to victory in the UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups, one Community Shield and two UEFA Super Cups.

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