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MLS Round-Up: LA Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard, Giovani dos Santos Dream Big

Steven Gerrard of LA Galaxy during the CONCACAF Champions League match between LA Galaxy and Santos Laguna at StubHub Center on February 24, 2016 in Carson, California. February 25, 2016| Credit: Matthew Ashton - AMA

Like forward and captain Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard is looking forward to a strong career as a manager. Gerrard recently wrote a pieces for the Telegraph and mentioned his coaching license pursuits.

“I know I’m in the twilight of my career,” Gerrard wrote. “I am starting my UEFA ‘A’ license shortly and the Football Association are proving to be proactive and hugely encouraging in helping former players onto the coaching ladder. I was invited to meet the England Under 19 side earlier in the season and further opportunities are planned in future international breaks. I know players like Rio Ferdinand and Jamie Carragher have received similar invitations. It’s something I’m keen to push further.

“In the meantime, enjoying success with LA Galaxy is my immediate priority. Life in the United States is very different to Liverpool in many respects, but the football routine is the same as you get into that bubble of training every day and preparing for matches. By next winter I hope to have earned my badges and have given myself options.

“There are some incredible figures being written about and it has to be a concern to a lot of leagues around the world – not least the MLS – trying to lure big names from Europe. I suspect some players who are thinking of leaving the Premier League who would once have looked to the USA will be looking to China instead.”

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Meanwhile, Giovani dos Santos is looking to be the next great sports icon for the City of Los Angeles.

“Los Angeles is truly a fantastic place. I’ve gotten so much love and respect from the Latino community. Every day outside of training, I feel the support of the fans. I feel blessed,” Dos Santos told LA Galaxy Insider’s Adam Serrano. “I always feel excited about seeing people cheering my name. It’s great. It’s one of the greatest things from soccer because you can feel their passion. My teammates and coaches have also been incredibly supportive. I love everything about LA.

“It’s closer to home to me. Anywhere I go there is always other Mexicans. It always feels so good to be back at home. I feel proud of everything that I’ve done in my career, but it’s a responsibility at the end of the day, because I know that people are going to come and watch me play.

“I just want to make the community happy and proud of what I’ve done. I want the city to be proud of me, and there are a lot of Americans who have started to like soccer. All of the Latin American people love soccer already, so it’s a great opportunity for me to be a star here in L.A.”

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“The Galaxy is [in]vesting themselves with the growing Latino community in Los Angeles,” United States Congressman Xavier Becerra added. “They’re bonding. You’re making people feel like they’re family now.

“When you have this type of commitment to a team, no matter the sport, you don’t care how many iterations of players you go through, you love the team because that’s how you grew up … [Giovani dos Santos] has given millions of Angelenos a reason to feel vested with the Galaxy. This is a new day now.”

The Galaxy will look to score some important away goals next Tuesday when they face Santos Laguna in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal Second Leg. TST will provide a recap of this and the other three quarterfinals taking place.

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