LA Galaxy manager, Bruce Arena, revealed that the reigning MLS champions had originally attempted to sign midfielder Frank Lampard before even considering former England teammate Steven Gerrard.
Lampard, who announced his move to New York City FC last year, had been Galaxy's first-choice to replace Landon Donovan in the team's starting lineup. However, negotiations fell through at the end and the former Chelsea Captain decided instead to join NYCFC.
Speaking to the English daily "The Mirror", Arenas remembers how things went down:
"We recruited Frank pretty hard here. The deal was close."
"We talk to pretty much every single player that is interested in coming to the US and certainly when you hear Frank Lampard is willing, you’re gonna have a lengthly conversation," added Arena.
“I got to know Frank and visited him in London and he’s a fabulous person and player and he’s really going to help football here in America. He’s going to do really well.”
Both Lampard and Gerrard are expected to join their respective during the first days of July, with the intention of disputing the second half of the ongoing MLS season. LA Galaxy are currently in third place of the Western Conference, while New York City FC are hanging low in the Eastern Conference in ninth place.