After San Jose jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, the Galaxy scored five unanswered goals, including Gerrard’s first and a hat trick from Robbie Keane.
Steven Gerrard got off to a dream start in Los Angeles, scoring a game-tying goal for LA Galaxy after just 37 minutes of his first game in Major League Soccer.
The Irishman completed the hat-trick with a second penalty in the 80th minute, and Sebastian Liguet sealed the deal with a headed finish in the 92nd.
“I don’t want to come off, I want to play as much football as I can”, he stated.
The MLS league encounter between Galaxy and Earthquakes is called the “California Clasico”.
The 34-year-old was not done there, as he drilled a low ball across the face of goal, which Keane turned home from close range.
However, Galaxy began to fight back and were awarded a penalty for Tommy Thompson’s foul on the ex-Liverpool captain.
Thankfully, Gerrard still clearly remembers his routes, as you can see with the heartbreaking image below…
Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena substituted Gerrard in the 88th minute and the newest Galaxy hero left the field to a standing ovation from the adoring crowd of 27,000 at the StubHub Center.
‘It’s a tough league, no easy games and it’s very competitive and the players work hard. After the celebratory slide toward the Galaxy supporters, he blew a kiss to his family in the stands.
Gerrard himself makes more than the entire squad of the San Jose Earthquakes team he faced and more in a day than some of his markers will earn in a year. His first game was a 2-1 worldwide Champions Cup win over Club America before playing 45 minutes in a 1-0 US Open Cup defeat against Real Salt.
Unsurprisingly, this went down pretty well on Twitter with Liverpool fans.
However, the stage was just being set for Gerrard.
Earlier, in the 22nd minute, San Jose defender Sanna Nyassi swept across an inch-perfect pass from the right wing and striker Quincy Amarikwa beat the defence to strike a fierce right-footed shot into the net from 18 yards to give the visitors the lead. The former Villareal and Barcelona midfielder will wear the No. 10 shirt previously owned by Donovan, likely debuting against the Seattle Sounders on August 9.