Steven Gerrard makes a winning debut for L.A. Galaxy

SoccerBy Robbie Farrell
Robbie Keane found the net on Gerrard's debut
Robbie Keane found the net on Gerrard's debut

Steven Gerrard made a winning debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy after playing the first half of his new club's 2-1 friendly victory over Club America.

Gerrard was named in the starting line-up for the opening match of the International Champions Cup clash against the Mexican outfit before being one of raft of changes made by the MLS side at the interval.

When Gerrard made way the score was 1-1 - Robbie Keane showing superb control to cancel out Darwin Quintero's early opener for Club America - but the former Liverpool captain would end up a debut winner thanks to Alan Gordon's late header at StubHub Center.

The 35-year-old ex-England midfielder, who left Anfield this summer after more than 700 appearances for his home-town club, showed his new fans glimpses of what they can expect with a raking 40-yard pass to a team-mate early on.

Gerrard then almost marked his debut with a 22nd-minute goal but, after bursting into the area, he saw his low left-footed shot shot blocked by Club America goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez.

Had that gone in it would have levelled the scores up at 1-1, with Club America having taken a seventh-minute lead through Quintero, who got in behind the Galaxy defence and fired through Brian Rowe's legs to open the scoring.

As it was, it would be Gerrard's former Liverpool team-mate Keane who drew Galaxy level on the stroke of half-time with a memorable piece of skill.

The Republic of Ireland striker brilliantly pulled down a long pass forward from Juninho with his left foot and - with Gonzalez having been left in no man's land after racing out in a bid to collect the through-ball - Keane immediately rolled his shot into a gaping net with his right from the edge of the box.

Both Keane and Gerrard made way at half-time as Galaxy coach Bruce Arena replaced all 10 of his outfield players for the second half.

Despite all those changes, Galaxy still went on to win the game as striker Gordon rose highest at the far post to send a looping header into the net for an 80th-minute decider.