By CAITLIN MURRAY
If Major League Soccer fans weren’t excited about the weekend’s news that Steven Gerrard will be coming stateside to play, he made sure of it Monday night.
On the heels of his announcement he plans to leave Liverpool in May for MLS, the 34-year-old Englishman tallied a brace to lift Liverpool over fourth-tier AFC Wimbledon in Kingsmeadow, 2-1, and into the FA Cup fourth round.
It looked like a routine evening for the Reds inside 12 minutes as Gerrard coolly headed in a Javi Manquillo cross. But Wimbledon made a match of it with a close-range Adebayo Akinfenwa goal some 24 minutes later.
Gerrard, as he had many times before, carried Liverpool to a win though, sending a splendid 25-yard free kick over the wall and into goal in the 62nd minute.
With the result, Liverpool advances to the fourth round and Reds fans are left wondering what his absence might feel like once he departs for MLS, reportedly to join the Los Angeles Galaxy. Gerrard is now just two goals away from landing in Liverpool’s top five all-time scorers.
Here is the rest of Monday’s FA Cup news:
LATE BURNLEY EQUALIZER FORCES REPLAY AGAINST SPURS
It wasn’t how Tottenham wanted their visit to go at Turf Moor against Burnley, but they’ll get to do it all again.
With Spurs ahead and looking poised to advance, substitute Sam Vokes pulled Burnley level in the 73rd minute off a Michael Kightly cross, ensuring his side’s hopes remain alive to face Leicester City in the Cup’s fourth round.
Nacer Chadli had given Spurs the lead in the 56th minute off, doing well to control a Ben Davies cross that he fired from around the penalty spot.
The draw forces a rematch at White Hart Lane to separate the two clubs, dragging on the tournament as Spurs are still challenging in the League Cup and the Europa League. Burnley is now winless in five.
FOURTH ROUND DRAW BOOSTS EPL SIDES
The fourth round will kick off later this month and, following a draw Monday night, the field is mostly set.
English Premier League teams appear to have benefited the most from the draw, pulling lower-tiered competition across the board. Manchester United, in particular, was handed the gift of facing the lowest-ranked team in the competition.
Here is the field for the fourth round:
- Southampton or Ipswich Town vs. Crystal Palace
- Cambridge United vs. Manchester United
- Blackburn Rovers vs. Swansea City
- Chelsea vs. Millwall or Bradford City
- Derby County vs. Scunthorpe United or Chesterfield
- Preston North End vs. Sheffield United
- Birmingham City vs. West Bromwich Albion
- Aston Villa vs. AFC Bournemouth
- Cardiff City vs. Reading
- Liverpool vs. Bolton Wanderers
- Burnley or Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City
- Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal
- Rochdale vs. Stoke City
- Sunderland vs. Fulham or Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City vs. Everton or West Ham United
- Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough
What did you think of Monday’s FA Cup results? What do you make of Gerrard’s performance? What do you expect from the Burnley-Spurs rematch? Any matches you’re looking forward to in the fourth round?
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