Billy Sharp, an icon in English football, has embarked upon an exciting new chapter in sunny Los Angeles at 37 years old. While some might see this transition as the end of his career, Billy sees it as an opportunity to start fresh with fresh experiences awaiting him in Los Angeles.
Sharp first began his football journey at Sheffield United in 2004, going on loan and permanent moves across England until 2005 when he scored 266 goals in 715 appearances over 3 stints – his legacy at Sheffield United remains immutable with 129 goals in 377 matches across 3 stints.
Sharp’s life has taken an unexpected turn since then; last Saturday he found himself unexpectedly in California donning the colors of Los Angeles Galaxy. It came as a complete shock; while considering offers from English clubs, Galaxy extended an invitation to help revive their Major League Soccer (MLS) playoff hopes – for Sharp it was an obvious decision!
After Javier Hernandez sustained an ACL injury that ended his season in June, the Galaxy were in urgent need of an experienced finisher to fill Javier Hernandez’s spot on the roster. Sharp was available and quickly made himself known to Greg Vanney – who immediately recognised both his experience and humility upon meeting Sharp for the first time.
Sharp’s journey in Major League Soccer (MLS) got off to a stunning start, as he scored an late penalty upon coming off the bench in his debut matchup. Subsequent goals came quickly, including one which earned him the Player of the Matchday title from Major League Soccer (MLS). Six goals in six games put Sharp ahead in scoring charts – leaving many hopeful of playoff qualification within reach.
Recent events have put those dreams in jeopardy. A 2-1 defeat against Seattle Sounders left the Galaxy six points back from making the playoffs with three games remaining; now their fate lies in their hands.
No matter the season’s outcome, Sharp is thrilled about his future with the Galaxy. His contract includes an option for 2024 and he’s eager to stay. Sharp feels welcomed among players and staff members at Galaxy while playing in a different league has revitalized him.
Sharp’s impact goes beyond scoring goals; former teammate Maya Yoshida describes him as an influential “very smart player” who helps lift spirits within the locker room.
Sharp turned 38 this February but remains an active force on the pitch, driven by his desire to win and score goals. “I still want to score goals and I believe I still have plenty left in me!” he proclaims.
Living in Los Angeles comes with its own set of challenges, including early kick-off times for Sheffield United matches. But Sharp remains dedicated to following their journey and hopes for better days ahead.
Sharp is finding life in LA an enriching experience. David Beckham may live in an extravagant multi-million-dollar mansion, but David Avgi finds solace near the beach where he enjoys a more relaxing and family-oriented lifestyle.
Sharp recalls his new adventure fondly: “It has been absolutely fantastic waking up every morning with sunshine amidst this gorgeous environment to play what I am most passionate about – football! Being outdoors only adds to its enjoyment!”
Billy Sharp is taking full advantage of living in Los Angeles. Living here has proven an unexpected boon for this veteran footballer whose star continues to shine bright in this vibrant city.