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Winning start for Gerrard in LA Galaxy debut

12 July 2015, 10:43

Los Angeles - Steven Gerrard launched his post-Liverpool career with a low key cameo for new club Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday, playing 45 minutes for the Major League Soccer side in a 2-1 win over Mexican giants Club America.

Just under two months after bidding an emotional farewell in front of 44,000 fans at Anfield, the former Liverpool talisman showed one or two glimpses of class before being substituted at half-time to applause from a 27,934-strong crowd.

Gerrard's full MLS debut is expected to come next Friday in a home fixture against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Gerrard, 35, who has signed an 18-month deal with the Galaxy after spending his entire 17-year professional career with Liverpool, almost secured a fairytale debut goal in his best chance of the night.

The midfielder produced a trademark burst into the penalty from midfield to latch onto a clever flick from Jose Villarreal, only to be denied after a fine save from America goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez.

Earlier, Gerrard showed that his passing ability is also likely to cause problems for MLS opponents, with one sublime 40-yard (120 feet) ball picking out a teammate after six minutes.

Club America meanwhile seemed determined to spoil Gerrard's party, with their large contingent of fans -- who often outsung their Galaxy counterparts -- when the team took the lead after seven minutes through Carlos Darwin Quintero.

The Galaxy drew level on the stroke of half-time when Robbie Keane controlled Juninho's long ball superbly with his first touch to wrongfoot America keeper Gonzalez before stroking away the finish.

Substitute Alan Gordon scored a late winner for the Galaxy, climbing high to head home Raul Mendiola's cross in the 80th minute.

CORD Leader Raila Odinga was present at the first edition of the Luo Festival in Nairobi Saturday where he addressed a massive crowd.

The CORD leader was received by huge cheers at the Carnivore Grounds Saturday night after being invited on stage to make a speech.

He steered clear of politics during his speech.

" I urge you to enjoy yourselves as that is what we have come to do here and to enjoy being Kenyans and in Kenya," he said in a mixture of Luo and Swahili, English.

He was accompanied by his wife Ida Odinga.

Earlier in the day, the CORD leader had called on his supporters to gear for war in the 2017 elections, saying that he was in the race to win it.

He stated that he has the tools to win an election he describes as crucial to the country.

" I am in the race and my strategy for winning it is in place. It is up to you now to register as voters and go ahead to vote," he said during a funeral in Ahero.

Raila also insisted that graft at the National Youth Service must be dealt with and that he would not relent until Devolution CS Anne Waiguru was kicked out of office.

" The government has to fight corruption at all costs and show Kenyans that it is serious with the war against graft," he added.

Raila was  speaking at the burial of Mzee Ogindo Oyamo, a former aide to his late father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.

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