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Gerrard to make MLS debut in July

Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's debut for new side Los Angeles Galaxy has been pencilled in for July 11.

The Reds midfielder signed off a 28-year association with his one professional side in Sunday's 6-1 defeat at Stoke. He is currently on an end-of-season break in Dubai with his team-mates but will soon begin preparations for a new challenge in Major League Soccer, whom he cannot officially play for until the league's summer transfer window opens on July 8. But coach Bruce Arena already has the International Champions Cup at home to Mexico's Club America in mind for Gerrard's first appearance in a Galaxy shirt.

"We expect him here before July 11," Arena said.

"We haven't finalised a date yet. He will be here, he'll get some training in and by the time that he's eligible to play; he'll be ready to go."

Gerrard said: "I want to keep playing every week in the final few years of my career and I'm looking forward to embarking on a new challenge."