Steven Gerrard’s football career could now be over after LA Galaxy were beaten by Colorado Rapids in the MLS play-offs on Sunday.
The former Liverpool star entered the fray as a 76th-minute sub and buried the first penalty of the shootout.
However, Giovani dos Santos and then his former England teammate Ashley Cole both missed from the spot, meaning it was the Rapids and not the Galaxy who progressed.
Cole took a slightly unusual run-up before taking his spot-kick but was thwarted by Tim Howard, who produced a fine save down to his right.
The former Everton goalkeeper couldn’t contain his delight and, seconds later, Marco Pappa won it for the home side.
Gerrard recently dropped retirement hint
This meant despair for Cole and Gerrard, who recently admitted that he was considering retirement.
“I’m wondering whether I should play on for a little bit longer or whether I should call it a day. I haven’t 100 per cent decided on that yet,” Gerrard was quoted as saying by the Mirror last month.
“I still enjoy playing. I still love coming into training, I still love competing, so if I can carry on and there are opportunities to stay here or go somewhere else for another six months or 12 months then I’ll consider it.
“But if nothing comes up I’ll try and fly through the coaching badges and see what happens down that road.”
Cole apologises to Gerrard
Aware of his teammate’s situation, Cole apologised to Gerrard via a message on Twitter.
“Back to La sad, disappointed, angry, penalty kicks are there for someone to be a hero today I was not,” Cole wrote, “now it’s time to think reflect and try put behind a tough season, thank you to my team mates staff and Everyone involved with La Galaxy , and a special thanks and apology to the legend that is Steven gerrard I dnt know what’s going to happen but it’s been a pleasure to play along side you for club and country a true gent.
“Now time for the family.”
Gerrard yet to make official comment
Gerrard, meanwhile, has yet to make any comment over his future following LA Galaxy’s defeat.
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