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LA Galaxy 5-2 San Jose Earthquakes

Steven Gerrard scored on his Major League Soccer debut and had a role in two of Robbie Keane's three goals as LA Galaxy beat San Jose Earthquakes 5-2.

The 35-year-old former Liverpool captain, making his first league appearance for anyone other than the Reds, levelled in the 37th minute after Keane's penalty made it 2-1.

Gerrard, who was wearing Liverpool shinpads, charged forward from his own half and played the ball to Keane, who found Baggio Husidic and Gerrard turned his cross home from 10 yards.

Quincy Amarikwa had put the Earthquakes 2-0 up with a brace in the opening 25 minutes.

Former England midfielder Gerrard then won the penalty from which his former Liverpool team-mate Keane got Galaxy's first goal when San Jose's Tommy Thompson elbowed him.

And in the second half after levelling for Galaxy, Gerrard's low free-kick was turned in by Galaxy captain Keane on 64 minutes to make it 3-2.

Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard
Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard played together for Liverpool for six months

Gerrard also hit the crossbar and had a goal disallowed when the referee called it back for a penalty following David Bingham's foul on Husidic. Keane stepped up to complete his hat-trick on 80 minutes.

Liverpudlian Gerrard left the pitch late on to a standing ovation and Sebastian Lletget added a late fifth.

"It was very pleasing to get off the mark. I'm starting to feel a little bit sharper, I'm very close to full fitness," Gerrard said.

"Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was shouting 'how you doing?' from about 60 minutes but I was pretending I couldn't hear him and kept looking away.

"I felt like a kid out there again. I didn't want to come off - I want to play as much football as I can. One of the reasons why I've come to this team was to start all the games and play as many minutes as possible.

"I was determined not to become a squad player. I still feel like I've got energy, I still love the game, I'm enjoying training and I'm settling in pretty nicely."

Gerrard made his Galaxy debut on Tuesday night as a half-time substitute in the US Open Cup defeat by Real Salt Lake.

But this was his first competitive start since leaving Liverpool at the end of the season and he made it in style. He became only the third player to score a goal, assist one and win a penalty in an MLS game this season, with former Serie A stars Sebastian Giovinco and Kaka the other two.

But, just like when he was presented on the pitch before their match with Toronto earlier this month, it was Republic of Ireland captain Keane who came away with the match ball following a hat-trick.

Gerrard said: "Robbie and I had that chemistry in Liverpool. When you're playing with good players, it's easy to connect. Robbie's on the wavelength - he's a very intelligent player. We've got a great understanding."

David Beckham
The match was attended by LA Galaxy's first big English signing, David Beckham

Line-ups

LA Galaxy

  • 12Rowe
  • 33Gargan
  • 20DeLaGarza
  • 22Ribeiro da Silva
  • 14RogersBooked at 36mins
  • 19Pereira Junior
  • 34WalkerSubstituted forMagantoat 82'minutes
  • 6Husidic
  • 8GerrardSubstituted forBuddleat 88'minutes
  • 17LletgetSubstituted forDunivantat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Keane

Substitutes

  • 2Dunivant
  • 9Buddle
  • 15Maganto
  • 21Meyer
  • 25Garcia
  • 31Wolverton
  • 40Mendiola

San Jose Earthquakes

  • 1BinghamBooked at 69mins
  • 4Wynne
  • 5Bernárdez
  • 21Goodson
  • 3StewartBooked at 70mins
  • 27Alashe
  • 17NyassiSubstituted forBarreraat 62'minutes
  • 10Pérez García
  • 22ThompsonBooked at 30minsSubstituted forJahnat 80'minutes
  • 6SalinasBooked at 54minsSubstituted forSherrodat 69'minutes
  • 25Amarikwa

Substitutes

  • 12Sherrod
  • 14Jahn
  • 20Francis
  • 23Barrera
  • 35Meredith
  • 38Valerio Calado Rodrigues
  • 80Pierazzi
Referee:
Alan Kelly
Attendance:
27,000

Match Stats

Home TeamLA GalaxyAway TeamSan Jose Earthquakes
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 18th July 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1D.C. United2110562318535
2Toronto FC188372828027
3Columbus Crew SC207672829-127
4New York Red Bulls187562723426
5Orlando City SC196672324-124
6New England Revolution216692633-724
7Philadelphia Union2164112634-822
8Montreal Impact166372325-221
9New York City FC195682427-321
10Chicago Fire1853101925-618

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1LA Galaxy2297636251134
2Seattle Sounders FC2010282519632
3Vancouver Whitecaps FC2010282320332
4FC Dallas199552623332
5Portland Timbers209472223-131
6Sporting Kansas City178632617930
7San Jose Earthquakes197482124-325
8Houston Dynamo196672424024
9Real Salt Lake205871926-723
10Colorado Rapids194961719-221
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