Steven Gerrard has still got it.
The Liverpool legend came off the bench and scored a beautiful individual goal for LA Galaxy in their 4-2 win over New England Revolution last night.
We’re used to seeing 20-yard thunderbolts from the midfielder, not weaving footwork. Scroll down the page to watch the goal.
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Galaxy led 3-2 in the 93rd minute when Gerrard produced his moment of magic. As he receives a pass on the edge of the box, he dinks the ball over one defender, tucks it away from the next before finishing from a tight angle with his left foot.
Gerrard is 35-years-old but he didn’t look as he made his return from injury.
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Dos Santos' strike
Good day for Galaxy
It was an exceptional day for Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who saw Western Conference rivals Sporting Kansas City, San Jose Earthquakes, FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake all lose.
The Los Angeles team are now second, with a game in hand over leaders Colorado Rapids.
And they’re seeing the best of Gerrard, who has now scored two goals in his previous two games.
Arena watched Galaxy become the first team to win 300 hundred MLS games as a brace from Robbie Keane and Giovani dos Santos’ screamer gave the hosts the advantage before Gerrard’s goal.
Keane was also returning from an injury an Arena was chuffed with the contributions from both Premier League heroes.
Gerrard and Keane's importance
“It's good to get both of those players back,” he said, per Galaxy’s website. “Obviously, they give us quality and experience.
“We know what those two players offer, and it would certainly be nice to get [Nigel] de Jong back at some point and start getting our team a little bit better assembled as we continue to move forward in the season.”
Despite the win, the coach wasn't overly impressed with his team’s performance. They let New England back into the game by conceding two goals in three second-half minutes and Arena wasn’t happy with the lapse in concentration.
“Excuse my language, it was a bit of a sh** show in the second half for a good 20 minutes or so,” the 64-year-old said. “That wasn't good. But that part of it... I do think we need to take our hats off and give our opponent credit. That team continued to fight. They could have just fell down and got run over.
“To their credit, I think that's something that they're going to be able to use to build their team as they get into the season. So give New England credit, but we didn't do well for sure.”
He continued: “Who knows with all of this, but we are capable of being a pretty good team. We need a lot more work together, a lot more coordination...the challenges in the league will continue.”