Gerrard: A great feeling

Date published: Sunday 12th July 2015 7:57

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The former Liverpool captain played the first 45 minutes of Galaxy’s 2-1 International Champions Cup victory over Club America.

He showed his passing range, made some tackles and was only denied a goal by a brilliant save from the opposition keeper on a promising debut.  

“It was a great feeling,” he said. “It was a difficult game and I thought [Club America] were very good. I thought after 15 or 20 minutes that the team settled really well, we played some good football and we got our deserved equaliser.

“For me personally, it was good to get 45 minutes under my belt and I’ll keep getting better and better and the more I get used to my team-mates, I’ll improve.”

 “Physically, it was tough. I haven’t played a competitive match for six or seven weeks so it was very important that I got out there and got 45 minutes. Hopefully I get some more minutes on Tuesday [in the US Open Cup match at Real Salt Lake] and be ready for the big game on Friday [against the San Jose Earthquakes].”

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said: “I think Steven played well, we are going to see how he feels tomorrow and Monday before we make a decision moving forward for Open Cup.

“His passing was very good, his partnership [in central midfield] with Juninho was good, he won some tackles, helped create some chances, he could have had a goal – the keeper made a great save on him.

“For his first time out it was very encouraging, he looked like he belonged, his leadership was really good, I thought he was solid.

“He is probably about a month away from being fit enough to play a full match. It will take some games. It doesn’t come from training, he will have to play some matches and we will try to slowly build him into that.

“But what I could see tonight it was a good 45 minutes from him. Again I think that after 15 or 20 minutes, we got into the game and did a much better job in the first half, and I thought the group in the second half did well.”

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