Friday 15 November 2019

How other soccer players who went west to the USA fared

David Beckham
David Beckham
Paul Rideout
A waxwork model of Bobby Moore at West Ham United's football ground in east London
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A look at the careers of previous players who went to play soccer in the US.

DAVID BECKHAM

(LA Galaxy, 2007-12)

Without doubt US football's most high-profile signing. Became the poster boy for a new era of Major League Soccer. Helped the Galaxy win two MLS Cup titles.

JERMAIN DEFOE

(Toronto FC, 2014-)

The former England striker left Tottenham a year ago but has not really set MLS alight.

FRANK LAMPARD

(New York City, 2014-)

Lampard opted for a new challenge when his Chelsea contract was not renewed but will not be playing for his new side when the season kicks off in March as parent club Manchester City have retained his services for the entire Premier League campaign.

BRADLEY WRIGHT-PHILLIPS

(New York Red Bulls, 2013-)

By no means the biggest name back home, the former Manchester City and Charlton striker has been a sensation in the Big Apple. He scored 27 goals in the 2014 MLS season, forming a deadly partnership with Thierry Henry and then taking over from the former Arsenal star as the Red Bulls' designated player.

PAUL RIDEOUT

(Kansas City Wizards, 1998)

The former Everton forward, and scorer of their 1995 FA Cup final winner, spent one season with Kansas before later joining their coaching staff.

RICHARD GOUGH

(Kansas City Wizards, 1997; San Jose Earthquakes, 1998-99)

The Scotland defender played for two clubs either side of a brief spell at former club Rangers but did what few who moved to America have done and returned to the Premier League for two successful seasons with Everton.

MO JOHNSTONE

(Kansas City Wizards, 1996-2001)

Moved to the US after a difficult return to Scottish football with Hearts and Falkirk and won the MLS Cup in 2000.

GEORGE BEST

Los Angeles Aztecs 1976, 1977-78;

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1978-79; San Jose Earthquakes 1980-81)

Prior to Beckham, the most famous export to leave these shores for America when he joined MLS' predecessor, the North American Soccer League. His time there was interspersed with short spells at Fulham and Hibernian.

BOBBY MOORE

(San Antonio Thunder 1976, Seattle Sounders 1978)

England's World Cup-winning captain moved Stateside after a distinguished career with West Ham and Fulham.

RODNEY MARSH

(Tampa Bay Rowdies, 1976-79)

Having left Manchester City under a cloud he excelled in America, named in the NASL All-Star team every season.

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