Steven Gerrard missed a penalty for LA Galaxy against Real Salt Lake.
Nick Rimando saved the former Liverpool man’s effort in the sixth minute, diving low to his right to deny Gerrard.
Fortunately, the Anfield hero wasn’t made to pay for his error and scored Galaxy’s fifth goal in a 5-2 win.
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Galaxy are now unbeaten in five games as they rise to third in the Western Conference, level on points with last night’s opponents.
It was Gerrard’s first ever goal in the MLS, and what a goal it was. The midfielder retrieved Ashley Cole’s cross-field passed and fooled three defenders to create an opening before cooly slotting past Rimando.
Juan Manuel Martinez gave Real the lead but the away side quickly capitulated as Gyasi Zardes, Mike Magee, Emmanuel Boateng and Giovani dos Santos gave Galaxy a 4-1 half-time lead.
Javier Morales scored a penalty to reduce the deficit but Gerrard capped off an impressive win in the 91st minute.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is happy with the balance of his team and appreciates the experience that players like Gerrard and Cole bring.
“I think we have a good team and a good balance with some young players, some pace, some real experienced players,” Arena told reporters after the game, per Galaxy’s website. “Players like Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole and Jelle Van Damme were tremendous tonight in their experience.
“They love to play, and they bring a great attitude on the field, and that’s something I’m quite certain we didn’t have last season so that plus young players like Gyasi Zardes, Emmanuel Boateng, Sebastian Lletget and Daniel Steres…it’s a really nice balance.”
Liverpool could have done with a bit of Gerrard magic yesterday. Jurgen Klopp’s side threw away a two-goal lead to draw at home to Rafa Benitez’s relegation-threatened Newcastle.