Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard bid farewell to Major League Soccer – CBS sports.com (blog)
New York City FC star Frank Lampard announced his departure from the club on Monday, and now another big name is joining him. His former England teammate, Steven Gerrard of the Los Angeles Galaxy, is departing the club, it announced on Tuesday.
“When I left Liverpool, I came to Los Angeles with the goal of helping the Galaxy lift another MLS Cup,” Gerrard said in a team statement. “I am of course disappointed to have not achieved that objective, but I can look back at my time at the club with pride at what we accomplished, including two straight playoff appearances and countless memorable moments on the pitch. As someone who spent the whole of their career in Liverpool, it has been an incredible experience to come to Los Angeles and play for the LA Galaxy.”
It’s a bit of a blow to the league’s talent level, but these are two players whose best years were behind them for quite some time. They still elevated the play and had decent runs, especially Lampard.
Gerrard, 36, joined in 2015 and overall played 38 games, scoring five times. Lampard, 38, joined in the same year, and both experienced injury issues. Lampard played just 10 games in the first season and scored three times but he was a big part of NYCFC’s improvement this year, scoring 12 goals in 19 league contests as the team made the playoffs.
These departures hurt in the sense that the league is losing two former world stars, but their arrivals brought even more exposure to MLS (especially in England), which is all that the top officials could have really hoped for.
Moving forward, these two could return to their former clubs, but not to play. Lampard, per ESPNFC, looks like he’ll have a job opportunity at Chelsea in some capacity, while we could see Gerrard return to his former club Liverpool, where Jurgen Klopp would welcome him.