Gerrard scores in Los Angeles debut as Galaxy beat San Jose

Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:40am EDT
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(Reuters) - Steven Gerrard made a brilliant Major League Soccer debut for Los Angeles, scoring a goal and having a hand in two others as the Galaxy beat the San Jose Earthquake 5-2 on Friday.

The Galaxy came from behind after conceding the first two goals, a comeback that was in no small measure thanks to their new star signing.

After spending his entire 17-season professional career with Liverpool, it did not take the 35-year-old Gerrard long to make an impact at his new home.

Watched by an enthusiastic crowd in Carson, California, that included his former England team mate David Beckham, Gerrard scored in the 37th minute to tie the game at 2-2 when he pounced at the far post on a low cross that was deflected into his path by a San Jose defender.

An ecstatic Gerrard ran to the corner flag and slid on his knees, before celebrating with his new team-mates.

Only seven minutes earlier, he was also responsible for the Galaxy's first goal when he earned a penalty.

With the Galaxy already 2-0 down, Gerrard jumped for a loose ball in the box and was struck in the head by the left forearm of San Jose midfielder Tommy Thompson.

The referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot, and Galaxy captain Robbie Keane scored the first goal of his second successive league hat-trick.

The Gerrard show continued in the second half when he drilled a low free-kick across the box that Keane flicked home for the go-ahead goal in the 64th minute.   Continued...

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard (8) moves the ball against San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Sanna Nyassi (17) and defender Victor Bernardez (5) during the first half at StubHub Center.  Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports