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Steven Gerrard, LA Galaxy officially part ways, future unclear

Steven Gerrard is no long a member of the LA Galaxy.

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Gerrard leaves the LA Galaxy.
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According to an official club announcement, the LA Galaxy and Steven Gerrard officially parted ways with each other.

His 18-month contract, which was officially signed in January of last year, has come to an end and the former Liverpool captain will not be returning to the Southern California club.

You can read his open letter on the Galaxy’s official website. There, Gerrard highlights not winning a trophy as a major disappointment, but insisted that he loved his time in sunny Southern California.

Steven Gerrard’s offensive output was well under what the Galaxy hope they were getting. In just 34 league matches between the middle of the 2015 season, and throughout 2016, Gerrard scored only five times while racking up 14 assists.

That is perhaps one of the bigger deciding factors that led to his departure from Major League Soccer. The Galaxy used a coveted Designated Player slot for two seasons to only receive 19 goals as a return.

What’s next for Gerrard now that his time is up in MLS? Does he return to his boyhood club, Liverpool? If yes, in what capacity?

Then there’s the matter of the Galaxy. Where do they go from here?

Landon Donovan has hinted over the last couple of weeks about wanting to stay with the club for another year. Does this mean Donovan is going to get the third DP? Or do they look elsewhere.

This could also be just one of several moves the Galaxy front office makes in terms of player personnel.