Steven Gerrard had been with the Galaxy all of two weeks when he played his first road game in Houston, where the temperature soared to 102 degrees and the humidity was almost as high.
A week later Gerrard played 90 minutes against the Colorado Rapids in the thin mile-high air outside Denver.
For someone who had never lived anywhere but Liverpool, a port city where the thermometer rarely wanders above 70, it was a rude and painful welcome to Major League Soccer.
"The altitude, the humidity, the heat. You know what you're getting yourself in for," said Robbie Keane, the Galaxy's captain and Gerrard's one-time teammate in Liverpool. "But until you actually...