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Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard on his first season in MLS. The 35-year-old Englishman played in 14 MLS games after joining the Galaxy from Liverpool in July. (LAGalaxy.com)
This is about as arrogant as it gets. We were breathlessly told when Gerrard arrived that he came here to win and wasn't here on a holiday. This ridiculous quote, however, makes me wonder (1) did he not talk to any other English players who play or played here? (2) who exactly is his agent or business advisor and are they completely clueless? (3) did Stevie bother to look at a map of the United States and maybe read the Wikipedia page on the climate here? (4) did MLS hide the Galaxy road schedule from him? Poor Stevie...the league obviously did not understand the adjustments to the schedule that should have been made to accommodate this global legend. I can only imagine what kind of awful and traumatic season this must have been for him. When the 40 year old Wayne Rooney finally arrives in a few years, I am sure MLS will remove his team from playing any unfortunate July fixtures in Texas and make Colorado move their home game to sea level.
Great summary Jeffrey. He wasn't aware of road games? Is he for real?
Some perspective ... there are 8+ teams in London ... England is one third the size of California ... 40+ premier and championship teams to support - which you can watch play without the need of changing time zones ... you can be there for all the games by travelling by train or bus 4 hours or less. Compared with - two teams in California and an 8 hour train / bus ride between them.
More importantly, why are our professional teams playing on turf. Embarrassing.
Same for the other players as well as Gerrard. He comes across as totally clueless.
I think he was more likely thinking, "...I wasn't aware (it would be so tough)". I'm sure all those people told him about the travel, climate and less than world class pitches but he had to experience them for himself to know how tough it would actually be. It just means he has joined the human race, not that he is classless.
Haha! Everyone is sadly spot on. He needs to say: "I 'AD ME HEAD UP ME ARSE, AND WASN'T FINKING PROPERLY. Now I'll put on ME boots and live up to ME word."
Gerrard is cheeky on the field and off the field ... some of his comments / complements have to be reinterpreted from a skewed point of view ... perhaps he is just using the road, the turf, the altitude, the humidity, the hurdles as code words for those who care to listen: for Rowe (Road ... no GK help on the road) Zardes (Turf ... plays lightly on defense) Keane (altitude ... not sharing the wealth) Dos Santos (humidity ... plays better in the heat) Arena (hurdle ... too big to get over himself ... of course, he is more than happy to advertise during the season his desire to make even more money by nominating himself to take over the National Team)