Every year there are rumblings that the standard of football is getting better in the MLS, as players head across the Atlantic in their older years. David Beckham was first, then Robbie Keane, and now Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have gotten involved.
The presence of those players will certainly improve the standard and appeal of the league. But where does Gerard think LA Galaxy would finish in the Premier League? Here's how he views the standard:
It's certainly not the Premier League, but it is striving for that and hopefully one day it will get there. It is still a level down for me, but the level has surprised me.
If we were full strength, we could compete against more than half of the Premier League on a one-on-one fixture. That gives an ideal of the level.
I think we would still struggle against the top six sides. But we would be a match for a lot of the teams. That's just trying to get the people back home to gauge the level. So it has surprised me and it is better than I thought.
So there you go. Steven Gerrard now joins the list of players who moved to the MLS who said that the standard is better than they expected. I wonder why he went there then.
Gerard will renew his rivalry with Lampard as the Galaxy take on Lampard's New York City FC tomorrow.