The Los Angeles Galaxy came back to beat Club America 2-1 in the International Champions Cup, which on the surface sounds relatively unimportant. But there was plenty for the Galaxy to cling to.
First and most importantly, Steven Gerrard made his season debut, and while the match didn’t count for much, it certainly meant plenty to both Galaxy fans and the former Liverpool player.
At 35 years old, Gerrard had more touches or completed passes than anyone on the field in the first 45 minutes before being replaced after halftime. Of those completed passes, four went for 40 or more yards. He also had a great chance to mark his debut with a goal, but was denied by Club America goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez one-on-one.
“His passing was very good,” said Galaxy manager Bruce Arena. “His partnership with Juninho was good. He won some tackles, helped create some chances. He could have had a goal. Steven played well.”
“He looked like he belonged.”
He most certainly did, and that will please Galaxy fans going forward, despite the relatively meaningless nature of the game.
Despite Gerrard’s silky debut, the real star of the match was Galaxy striker and reigning Major League Soccer MVP Robbie Keane, who stole the show with a goal to equalize just before halftime that featured a jaw-dropping first touch.
Alan Gordon would seal the win for LA in the 80th minute to give LA the first victory of the International Champions Cup.